The Solo Video Contest has received a higher number of “NAT package” entries this year. Until now, the rules have remained unclear on the eligibility of a reporter-less story for this contest. After some discussion, we have decided that these stories do not fit within the spirit of the Solo Video Contest and the rules need to be clearer.
The purpose of the Solo Video Contest is to recognize the work of those working outside the traditional role of photojournalist or reporter. It also serves to encourage a higher standard and growth for those who face the unique challenges of working alone.
Without any written words to judge, NAT packages “do not require the journalist to work outside the traditional responsibilities of a photojournalist”. In order for entrants to be judged on a level ground, all stories must meet the same criteria. Moving forward NAT packs will only be accepted in the TV Quarterly Clip Contest. The modified rules for Solo Video Contest Entries now reads as follows:
An entry must have been published (online or on TV) for the first time during the contest quarter. The entrant must have shot at least 90% of the entry. The entrant must also have written, tracked, and edited the entry. “NAT packages” (stories without reporter track) are not allowed. Re-editing is not allowed. There is no penalty to the entrant if file or historical video is used, although historical or file video cannot exceed more than 25% of the total story run time.
***You may only enter one contest each quarter*** If you choose to enter the TV Quarterly Clip Contest you may NOT enter the Solo Video Contest in the same quarter and vice-versa.
John Thain, TV Quarterly Clip Contest Chair
Andy Miller, Solo Video Contest Chair