Video Editing Division 2021

Video Editing

2021 Deadline Edit – Solo Journalist

A deadline story is a news story (feature, hard news, investigative) edited in less than 1 hour. The clock begins for this category when you place your first edit on the timeline (not when you first ingest media). Judges will look for creativity implemented in your edits. Judging emphasis will be on storytelling elements (sequencing, natural sound, etc.)

Video Editing

2021 Team Edit

The category is for a team of editors producing an entry. This would be ideal for a team shoot or a documentary in which multiple editors contributed significantly to the entry. Stories may be hard or soft for this category. Mandatory writeup for this category: Please explain how you worked as a team on the edit.

Video Editing

2021 Documentary Edit

A topical documentary is a nonfiction story dealing with a current event, issue, or policy. Please consider entering your short stories in another category. Higher weight is given to longer stories over 10 minutes. Mandatory writeup for this category: You must notify judges of all elements you did not produce (like graphics)

Video Editing

2021 Pandemic Edit – Newsroom Editors

This year many of your typical storytelling methods were hampered by social distancing and newsroom restrictions on interviews. This year we’ve created a category to show outstanding storytelling despite these restrictions. Your editing should exemplify creative ways to tell a good story with zoom interviews, zoom b-roll, and creative interviews featuring social distancing.

Video Editing

2021 Sports Edit

A story involving coverage, analysis, preparation, of/or for a sports event. Please do not enter this category if there is no sports action. Sports activities can feature practice and not a real game—mandatory writeup for this category. You must describe the sports action in your entries.

Video Editing

2021 Soft Photo Essay Edit

A new story demonstrating exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Stories in this category should be light-hearted, upbeat with a general overall happiness feel. Stories with any narration are not allowed in this category.

Video Editing

2021 Soft Feature Edit – Solo Journalist and Newsroom Editor

A news story, sensitive or humorous, appeals to the viewer’s emotional side, and the photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity.

Video Editing

2021 Soft Feature Edit – Photojournalist

A news story, sensitive or humorous, appeals to the viewer’s emotional side, and the photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity.

Video Editing

2021 Social Edit

A story specially edited and formatted for viewing on social media. Mandatory writeup for this category – you must explain why this edit is primarily for social channels

Video Editing

2021 Pandemic Edit – Solo Journalist

This year many of your typical storytelling methods were hampered by social distancing and newsroom restrictions on interviews. This year we’ve created a category to show outstanding storytelling despite these restrictions. Your editing should exemplify creative ways to tell a good story with zoom interviews, zoom b-roll, and creative interviews featuring social distancing.

Video Editing

2021 Pandemic Edit – Photojournalists

This year many of your typical storytelling methods were hampered by social distancing and newsroom restrictions on interviews. This year we’ve created a category to show outstanding storytelling despite these restrictions. Your editing should exemplify creative ways to tell a good story with zoom interviews, zoom b-roll, and creative interviews featuring social distancing.

Video Editing

2021 Bumps/Teases/Pre-Show Edit

This category should demonstrate your ability to tease a story or a show. You can enter one element or a combination of tease elements; however, they must all tease the same story or show. This category is for teases and not stories.

Video Editing

2021 Investigative Edit

An Investigative story covers a single news story that demonstrates how an editor enhances journalistic enterprise on an important issue.

Video Editing

2021 Hard Photo Essay Edit

A news story demonstrating exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Stories in this category are serious (not soft or humorous). Stories with any narrative are not allowed in this category.

Video Editing

2021 Hard Feature Edit – Solo Journalist and Newsroom Editor

Hard Features are stories that are serious (not soft or humorous). The photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity

Video Editing

2021 Hard Feature Edit – Photojournalist

Hard Features are stories that are serious (not soft or humorous). The photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity

Video Editing

2021 General Soft News Edit – Solo Journalist

A timely news story, soft or humorous, covering a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. It can be a follow-up or sidebar to spot news. General news stories should contain no music, except where it’s part of the story’s natural sound. Stories must have been shot, edited, and broadcast within 24 consecutive hours.

Video Editing

2021 General Soft News Edit – Photojournalist

A timely news story, soft or humorous, covering a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. It can be a follow-up or sidebar to spot news. General news stories should contain no music, except where it’s part of the story’s natural sound. Stories must have been shot, edited, and broadcast within 24 consecutive hours.

Video Editing

2021 General Hard News Edit – Solo Journalist

A timely news story, soft or humorous, covering a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. It can be a follow-up or sidebar to spot news. General news stories should contain no music, except where it’s part of the story’s natural sound. Stories must have been shot, edited, and broadcast within 24 consecutive hours.

Video Editing

2021 General Hard News Edit – Photojournalist

A timely news story, serious (not soft or humorous) that covers a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. It can be a follow-up or sidebar to spot news. General news stories should contain no music, except where it’s part of the story’s natural sound. Stories must have been shot, edited, and broadcast within 24 consecutive hours.

Video Editing

2021 Effects Edit

Stories entered into this category must show how an editor uses effects to enhance a story. This could be as simple as using wipes or as complicated as creating animations with another program (After Effects, Motion, etc.). This is an editing contest, so you are still judged on editing or incorporating these elements into a story. Just adding graphics to a story is not enough for this category. Mandatory writeup for this category: You must notify judges of all elements you did not produce, especially if you’re using templates (like graphics).

Video Editing

2021 Deadline Edit – Photojournalist

A deadline story is a news story (feature, hard news, investigative) edited in less than 1 hour. The clock begins for this category when you place your first edit on the timeline (not when you first ingest media). Judges will look for creativity implemented in your edits. Judging emphasis will be on storytelling elements (sequencing, natural sound, etc.)