Royal Television Society announce changes to Television Journalism Awards

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The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced changes to the Television Journalism Awards 2013/2014.

The awards, for news and current affairs, seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK based platform.

The changes include the introduction of the News Technology Award. The News Technology Award will take over from the Innovative News Award and recognises the most impressive achievement by an individual or team in using technology to advance television journalism.

Other changes this year include the Nations and Regions News Award (formerly Nations and Regions News Programme) which will now consider either a single major news story or a series of stories over the course of the year and the Judges Award which will be presented to an individual or a production team in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Television Journalism either specifically in the past year or in the case of an individual, over the course of their career.

Stewart Purvis, Professor of Television Journalism, City University and the new Chair of the Awards said: “The RTS Television Journalism Awards celebrate the hard work, dedication and skill of news and current affairs journalists. These awards are incredibly important in recognising the extraordinary breadth of talent we have in the industry who ensure the public remains informed of today’s most significant issues and stories.”

The closing date for entries is 21 November 2014. All entries must have been first transmitted on television via cable or satellite in the UK between 16 November 2013 and 15 November 2014.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at the London Hilton, Park Lane. The host of the event will be announced in due course.

The Award categories:

News Coverage – Home recognises the best coverage of a major news story in the UK.

News Coverage – International recognises the best coverage of a major news story outside the UK.

Daily News Programme of the Year recognises the programme which has consistently demonstrated journalistic excellence throughout the year, reflecting the personality and breadth of the programme.

News Channel of the Year recognises the news channel which has best reported the events of the year on cable or satellite received in the UK.

Current Affairs – Home recognises the best piece of current affairs journalism shot in the UK.

Current Affairs – International recognises the best piece of non UK current affairs journalism.

Nations and Regions News (formally Nations and Regions News Programme) recognises the best coverage either of a single major news story or of a series of stories over the course of a year by a regional news team.

Nations and Regions Current Affairs recognises the best piece of current affairs journalism commissioned, made and first transmitted in a region.
Regional Presenter of the Year recognises the best regional news or current affairs presenter.

Scoop of the Year recognises exclusive, original journalism in either news or current affairs by a broadcaster or agency.

News Technology (formerly Innovative News) recognises the most impressive achievement by an individual or team in using technology to advance television journalism.

Specialist Journalist of the Year recognises an individual who has shown particular expertise and produced outstanding coverage of a specialist issue or event during the year.

Young Talent of the Year recognises the best work during the year by an on or off-screen journalist, editor, video journalist, camera operator or technician involved in the production of broadcast news.

Television Journalist of the Year recognises the best work during the year by an on-screen television journalist.

Camera Operator of the Year recognises the best work by a camera operator in news or current affairs during the year.

Network Presenter of the Year (formerly National Presenter) recognises the best news or current affairs presenter.

The Independent Award recognises the best original video journalism by an independent production company.

Judges’ Award
This award is presented to an individual (on or off screen) or a production team in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Television Journalism either specifically in the past year or in the case of an individual, over the course of their career.

Updated: Saturday 6 September 2014