Q: We have a multiplatform series that fits the category. Can I submit separate Digital, TV and Radio entries for Diversity on the same topic?
A: Yes. You may also include the same web link in multiple submissions as long as the rest of the content submitted is not identical.
If you want all your Digital, TV and Radio content judged in a single submission, you would need to enter the Multiplatform In-depth or Investigative (Dan McArthur) Award. Please ensure the content matter is suitable for that award.
ENGAGEMENT AND FACEBOOK
Q: We engaged our listeners on FACEBOOK and our website. Are we permitted to submit links to our other platforms as further proof of engagement?
OPINION AND COMMENTARY (DIGITAL)
Q: Do the three links need to be the same author? Could there be three links with the same author, but different subjects?
A: The three links do not need to be the same author, as long as it is the same subject. Alternatively you can submit three different subjects, as long as it is the same author.
LIVE SPECIAL EVENTS
Q: Prior to our provincial election, we created a public forum to discuss the options – to hear from the proponents and detractors of each voting option. It was in a local school cafeteria, and live broadcast on our webpage and on Facebook. Huge turnout, dynamic event. Lots of engagement. Does it qualify for Live Special Events Category?
ADDING URLS TO RADIO AND TV SUBMISSIONS
Q: Should I include a URL link to a web piece based on the story, even if the submission is for a radio or TV submission?
A: You are welcome to add the URL. Judges may elect to take a look but are not required to do so.
Q: When submitting in a Digital category, is all of the material on the page considered? For example, any embedded videos or audio?
A: Judges may screen and consider some of the embedded content, but we could not reasonably expect them to watch them all. If there were two or three pieces of media on a web page – and five pages in an entry – multiplied by several entries in a category, that would be far too onerous for the judges. In other words, expect the judges to click on some, but not all, just as a visitor to your page might do.
ENTRY CHARACTER LIMIT / SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Q: Is there a character limit for the text fields on the awards entry? Are additional Word document allowed as part of the submission?
A: 1,000 characters. No additional documents may be submitted.
AWARD ENTRY ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD
Q: I created an award entry account and password last year. Can I reuse it?
A: No. You will need to create a new one.
OOPS. I SUBMITTED TOO SOON
Q: I submitted my entry and would like to make a revision/correction. Can I?
A: If you accidentally submit your entry before you are ready, you may make changes as long as the final deadline has not passed. On your account page, click on “My Submissions” at top right. Find the award you would like to edit and under “Actions” you should be able to click on Edit.
MULTI-PART SERIES IN LONG FEATURE CATEGORY
Q: Can multi-part series which aired over three days be entered for the Long Feature (Dave Rogers) Award?
A: No. Entries for Long Feature (5-10 minutes) and the Short Feature (under 5 minutes) awards should be single items. The “Feature” categories recognize the challenge and art of crafting a single documentary that stands on its own. Multi-part items can be entered in the “Continuing Coverage” or the “In-depth or Investigative” categories, as long as the items meet those categories’ other criteria.
Q: I am going to be entering a Live Special Event. It was broadcast both in Inuktitut and English. Our bilingual host did the show in both languages and much of the script was the same in both languages. She would first talk in Inuktitut and then repeat in English. Do I still have to have all of the Inuktitut translated into English?
A: No. You do not need to do a line-by-line translation – especially if it was essentially translated on-air. A summary will suffice. Much more detail is needed for items not translated on-air. But it does not need to be a line-by-line transcript unless one is readily available.
Q: I have translated portions of the submission from Inuktitut into English. Where shall I include the translation as part of my entry?
A: Include your translation in a Word document and upload it as part of your entry. To do that, click on the red “Add File” button at the top of the “Submission attachments” page. In addition, in the box “Description of submission,” add a line that you are uploading the translation document so that the judges will keep an eye out for it.
Q: My radio entry contains commercial theme music and then goes straight into natural sound. Is the commercial theme music permitted?
A: Yes, commercial theme music is permitted but will not be judged as part of the entry. Only theme music created by the station will be judged.
Q: I am part of a winning team. Can I order an additional award for myself? With my name on it?
A: Additional awards may be ordered through the RTDNA. Please note that awards presented at our awards galas include the name of the category, the name of winning entry and the winning organization. Names of individuals who worked on the entry do not appear on that award. If you would like to order an additional award with your name on it, please include a supporting email from a senior manager in your organization verifying that you were part of the winning team and approving your request. Regional awards cost $75.00 per award and National/Network awards costs $82.00 per award (plus tax and delivery costs) and must be ordered by June 29, 2018. Should you wish to order an duplicate award, please complete the order form by clicking here.