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broadcast Categories

Entries for the broadcast categories need to be submitted digitally as MP4, .MOV, MP3 or WAV files.

All categories are open to work produced by journalists working in the United Kingdom or by journalists working on programmes for consumption in the UK. All programmes must have been “exhibited” for the first time in 2023. 


The term broadcasting is meant to be wide-ranging and encompasses, but is not limited to, linear radio and television platforms. It includes digital online platforms, cinematic exhibition and streamed and podcast audio.
 

ENTRY FEES

Non-Members: £50 per entry per category.

SJA Members: £20 per category.

 

DIVERSITY

The SJA recognises the historical under-representation on the British Sports Journalism Awards shortlists of women journalists; Black journalists; journalists from diverse ethnic communities; and journalists with disabilities. In an effort to address this, entry fees will be waived for journalists from these under-represented groups who do not have an employer willing to underwrite their application.

Entry fees will be waived if you meet one of the following criteria: 


I confirm that I am from a non-white ethnic minority and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my application.
 

I confirm that I am female and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my 
application.

 

I confirm that I have a disability under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my application. 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Not an SJA member? – Join the SJA for the annual membership fee of £30.

Members receive discounted entry fees to the awards as well as many other benefits, for more information visit: https://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/membership/

 

 

FREELANCE

Freelance: Entry fees for freelancers are £50 in total (£20 for SJA Members) no matter how many categories they enter. The number of categories any one entrant can enter still apply. 

If you enter as a freelancer and win, you will only be credited as a freelancer. If you require a newspaper or agency to be credited, entry fees of £50 per entry per category (£20 if SJA member) will apply, and the name of the newspaper or agency must be stated on the entry form at time of entry. An employer cannot be credited retrospectively.

SPORTS CONTENT ORGANISATION

This award is for the organisation that best covered sport in 2023.

 

Judges will be looking for how organisations serve their audience, using original journalism, style and innovation.


This category is open to organisations across all platforms, this can be a single publication/outlet or a portfolio. The sports coverage your organisation presents in whichever format will be judged on an individual basis. It is about how you serve your audience and showcase sport in different ways.


Entries should focus on how you believe your organisation has shaped the sporting agenda, this can be in the form of breaking news, big-hitting interviews, exclusive content or captivating storytelling.


Entries should consist of an up to 500-word citation focusing on how your organisation demonstrates journalistic excellence with links to content that illustrates this.


A panel of judges will select a shortlist, organisations will then be invited to a Q & A either in person or online.

BROADCAST JOURNALIST

This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital journalist who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact of the year. 


This award recognises outstanding journalism and is intended for sports news correspondents and reporters who have broken stories and gathered original content for either rolling news channels, documentaries or interviews (sit-down and/or post-match).


Entrants will be judged on delivery and quality of journalism. The context of production pressures will be taken into account; for example turn-around time and the conditions under which a story is presented/produced. 


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting how they’ve set the sports agenda in 2023. 


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

This award is to recognise the broadcast radio, or streamed and podcast audio documentary/programme, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year. 


This could be a documentary or long form factual feature/programme or series that demonstrates compelling storytelling. It could be on a specific individual, or past/ present event or investigative work such as an exposé. It can include standalone recorded programmes and documentary segments presented as part of a studio discussion or a single interview, where this has particular merit, but the aired programme must have been over 30 minutes in length. 


Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate compelling audio with untold stories or aspects of familiar stories not heard before. The winner will captivate listeners with in depth original journalism told in a unique way. 


Entries must consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 30 minutes in total. If it is a series, you can choose to select 30 minutes from one programme, or a selection of clips from the series totalling no more than 30 minutes. In addition entries can include a link to the whole documentary or documentary series if available online, please note this needs to be accessible to judges if behind a paywall. Entries should also be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the documentary made in 2023. 


Please include track listings with your entry for judges to follow (not included in the 150 word supporting statement).

AUDIO LIVE EVENT COVERAGE

This award is designed exclusively for live broadcast radio or streamed audio which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the last year. 


Entries to this category should be from one event (for example, a single event like a Boxing Match, a competition such as the Premier League, or a tournament such as the Women’s World Cup or Wimbledon). 


The entry can consist of live coverage from the event, supporting coverage during other live programming such as preview, review and colour audio and breaking news. 


The judges will be looking at how the entries have used innovative and creative audio techniques and employed robust journalism to bring the occasion to their listeners. 


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 15 minutes in total and must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 250 words, highlighting the impact their coverage of the event made in 2023.


Please also include a track listing for judges to follow (not included in the 250 word supporting statement).


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.


NOTES: Where the broadcast signal or multi-lateral coverage is generated by a “host broadcaster” - for example at a World Cup or Olympic Games - the entry should demonstrate how they have enhanced the core material.

AUDIO SHOW

This award is to recognise the broadcast radio, or streamed audio show, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year. 


This is intended for a regularly scheduled show that uses the power of analysis, commentary, journalism and conversation to cover sport in a captivating and entertaining way for their audience. 


This is a team award for presentation and production staff involved in the show’s original content and ideas.


Judges will be looking for the show to demonstrate good journalism and analysis for its target audience. The winner will be the show that has generated stories and content that have made an impact in the past year, using new and innovative ways of covering sport.


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total. 
 

Entries must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the show has made in 2023 and why it is a must listen. 


Please also include a track listing for judges to follow (not included in the 150 word supporting statement). 


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

COMMENTATOR

This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital commentator who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the year. 


This is intended only for commentators who deliver “play by play” descriptions and whose work appears in live programmes and/or highlights programmes (providing the commentary is delivered live and not dubbed after the event). 


Judges will be looking for the entrant to demonstrate their range and depth, and ability to interpret the action in a compelling, fluent and accessible way for their audience. 


Entries can include both sporting competition and related sporting events such as opening / closing ceremonies. It must only include commentary, not presentation, but may consist of a single sport, or range of sports.


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact they’ve made in 2023. 


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

PUNDIT

This award is to recognise the pundit, summariser, studio analyst or guest whose work has most impressed the judges in the past year. 


They will be judged on tone, expertise and delivery as well as connection to their audience. 


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the pundits’ broadcasting achievements in 2023. 


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

PODCAST

This award is to recognise the sports podcast, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year. This is intended for a regularly scheduled podcast or podcast series (minimum of three episodes) that uses insightful analysis, gripping interviews or light-hearted humour to cover sport in a captivating and entertaining way. 


Judges will be looking for entries that entertain and engage the audience over the course of the podcast. The winner will be the podcast that is informative as well as entertaining.


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 30 minutes in total. 
 

Entries can include a link to the whole podcast if available online, please note this needs to be accessible to judges if behind a paywall.


Entries should also be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the podcast made in 2023. 


Please also include a track listing for judges to follow (not included in the 150 word supporting statement).

PRESENTER

This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital presenter / presenters who, in the opinion of the judges, has/have made the biggest impact in the year. 


It is intended for presenters who anchor programmes, live events, discussions or shows. 

 

Entrants will be judged on their delivery, range, versatility and connection to their audience. 
 

The entry can include studio-based and/or on-location work. Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting how they have made an impact in 2023.


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST

This award recognises sports journalism published on social media platforms that demonstrates excellent journalism, audience engagement and innovative storytelling.

This award is to recognise sports journalism published specifically for social media platforms (X, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram etc) rather than repackaged content.

 

Entries should include an up to 500-word citation with up to 6 examples of work. For longer videos entries can include a showreel of clips lasting no longer than 10 minutes. 
 

TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

This award is to recognise the television, or digitally broadcast visual documentary/ programme, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year. 


This  category  is  intended  for  documentary  films,  features,  interviews,  special investigations and other feature reports that demonstrate in depth original journalism. It  could  be  on  a  specific  individual,  or  past/present  event  or investigative work such as an exposé. It can include standalone recorded programmes and documentary segments presented as part of a studio discussion or a single interview, where this has particular merit.

 
Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate compelling television with untold stories or aspects of familiar stories not heard before. The winner will captivate viewers with in depth original journalism told in a unique way.


Entries must consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 30 minutes in total. 
 

Entries can include a link to the whole documentary or documentary series if available online, please note this needs to be accessible to judges if behind a paywall. 


Entries should also be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words,highlighting the impact the documentary made in 2023.


Please also include a clip listing for judges to follow (not included in the 150 word supporting statement).

TELEVISION LIVE EVENT COVERAGE

This award is designed exclusively for live broadcast television or digitally broadcast coverage which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the last year.  


Entries to this category should be from one event (for example, a single event like a Boxing Match, a competition such as the Premier League, or a tournament such as the Women’s World Cup or Wimbledon). 


The entry can consist of live coverage from the event, supporting coverage during other live programming such as preview, review and breaking news. 


The judges will be looking at how the entries have used innovative and creative visual techniques and employed robust journalism to bring the occasion to their viewers. 


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 15 minutes in total and must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 250 words, highlighting the impact their coverage of the event made in 2023.


Please also include a track listing for judges to follow (not included in the 250 word supporting statement).


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.


NOTES: Where the broadcast signal or multi-lateral coverage is generated by a “host broadcaster” - for example at a World Cup or Olympic Games - the entry should demonstrate how they have enhanced the core material.

TELEVISION SHOW

This award is to recognise the television, or digital show, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year. 


This is intended for a regularly scheduled show, in a magazine-style, highlights or one-off programme format that uses the power of analysis, commentary, journalism and conversation to cover sport in a captivating and entertaining way for their audience. 


This is a team award for presentation and production staff involved in the show’s original content and ideas.


Judges will be looking for the show to demonstrate good journalism and analysis for its target audience. The winner will be the show that has generated stories and content that has made an impact in the past year, using new and innovative ways of covering sport.


Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total. 
 

Entries must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the show has made in 2023 and why it is a “must-watch”. 


Please also include a clip listing for judges to follow (not included in the 150 word supporting statement). 


Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

WOMEN’S SPORT JOURNALIST

Open to journalists specialising in women’s sport. Entries in this category can be from written media, broadcast media, or a combination of both. Entries can consist of up to three published reports and/or features and a show showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total.

ONES TO WATCH – BROADCAST

This category is split into two awards - there will be an “on air” winner and an “off air” winner. 


This is open to journalists working within broadcasting/digital media who are aged 30 and under on 31st December 2023, or those with less than two years industry experience. and are not previous gold winners of the award. Previous gold winners are not eligible to enter.


“On Air” entries are for radio / audio / television / digital presenters or reporters who 
have made an impactful contribution to an organisation’s output.

 

“Off Air” entries are for radio/audio/television/digital journalists, editors or other production staff members who have made an impactful contribution to an organisation’s output.


Judges will look at the entrants portfolio of work, journalistic skills, time in the industry and impact they’ve had in their chosen field in 2023.


“On Air” - Entries should consist of at least three clips in a showreel format lasting no more than 5 minutes in total. It should demonstrate the entrant’s broadcasting ability and journalism. This should be accompanied by a supporting statement from the entrant of no more than 500 words detailing how and how they feel they have developed in 2023. 
 

“Off Air” - Entries should consist of examples of work in a showreel format lasting no more than 5 minutes in total (if relevant). It should demonstrate the entrant’s production, journalism and/or editing/news gathering skills. This should be 
accompanied by a supporting statement from the entrant of no more than 500 words detailing how and why they feel they have developed in 2023.


All entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.


Note: The winners of the Ones to Watch categories will be announced prior to the awards ceremony via the SJA website. The winners will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the event on Monday 25 March 2024.

COMPETITION RULES

  • All entries must be submitted and paid for via the online entry system: 
    www.BritishSportsJournalismAwards.co.uk

  • Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the rules. 

  • Failure to comply with any of the rules may result in disqualification.

  • The organisers retain the right, within the context of the competition and related promotions, to reproduce articles, photographs or broadcast material, or to give permission for the reproduction without any payment or fee. 

  • The decision of the judges will be final. 

Broadcast Rules

  • Broadcast files should be submitted in MP4, .MOV, MP3 or WAV format. It is not mandatory, but entrants can submit citations and track lists to accompany entries. 

  • There is no limit on the number of shows or broadcasters that an organisation can enter in any category. There is a limit of six journalists that an organisation may enter in any category.

  • An individual is only permitted one entry in each category. For example a commentator that covers more than one sport must include these this in a entry single entry, not separate entries for football commentary and one for athletics commentary for example. (Pundit of the Year/Broadcast Journalist of the Year/ Commentator/ Presenter of the Year/Ones to Watch). 

  • All entries must be the entrant’s original work and must have been first broadcast by UK-based broadcasters between 1 January and 31 December 2023. 

  • The organisers retain the right, within the context of the competition and related promotions, to reproduce articles, photographs or broadcast materials including for use on social media without any payment or fee. 

Broadcast Rules
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