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Video Editing Division

The Video Editing division recognizes the unique role of the editing process in the production of video journalism. Judges will look at the technical excellence of the final product, but the critical factor will be the journalism demonstrated and the audience’s ability to understand the story and how it relates to them.

Entries in this division are segmented to reflect the different types of editors at work – journalists who are primarily editors, journalists who are primarily photographers and solo video journalists who routinely handle both the field and editing work.

The Video Editing division is open to anyone in a storytelling environment (Broadcast, Newspaper, Digital Newsroom, etc.). Please read the descriptions carefully. This contest focuses on the craft of video editing.

NEW RULES THIS YEAR: How much you shoot of any story does not matter. However, you can be the only editor on your entry (except for the team edit category). Your primary position in your newsroom breaks up some categories.

  1. A Newsroom Editor is someone whose primary focus is editing news stories and not going into the field and producing stories.
  2. A Solo Journalist is someone that primarily works alone and produces nearly all their stories as a one-person-journalist.
  3. A Photojournalist is someone that usually works with a reporter/writer and goes into the field to produce stories.

If any editing sub-category has less than six entries, that sub-category will be merged with another sub-category with a lesser amount of entries. For example, suppose Newsroom Editor Deadline Edit has five entries, Solo Journalist Deadline Edit has 14 entries and Photojournalist Deadline Edit has 30 entries. Newsroom Editor and Solo Journalist entries would be combined into one judging category.

You are also highly encouraged to write up a summary of your entries and, in some categories, this is mandatory. Before judging, summaries are read aloud. Please contact the BOP Video Editing Chair at [email protected] for more information or questions about the contest. Download a pdf of Video Editing Categories and Divisions.

 

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.

  • 3 Minute Time Limit

Deadline Edit: 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.)

  • 3 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor Deadline Edit
  • Solo Journalist Deadline Edit
  • Photojournalist Deadline Edit

General Hard News Edit: 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.

  • Newsroom Editor General Hard News Edit
  • Solo Journalist General Hard News Edit
  • Photojournalist General Hard News Edit

General Soft News Edit: 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.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor General Soft News Edit
  • Solo Journalist General Soft News Edit
  • Photojournalist General Soft News Edit

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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit

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).

  • 10 Minute Time Limit

Hard Feature Edit: 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

  • 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor Hard Feature Edit
  • Solo Journalist Hard Feature Edit
  • Photojournalist Hard Features Edit

Soft Feature Edit: 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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor Soft Feature Edit
  • Solo Journalist Soft Feature Edit
  • Photojournalist Soft Features Edit

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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor Hard Feature Edit
  • Solo Journalist Hard Feature Edit
  • Photojournalist Hard Features Edit

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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit
  • Newsroom Editor Soft Feature Edit
  • Solo Journalist Soft Feature Edit
  • Photojournalist Soft Features Edit

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

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

  • 90 second time limit

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.

Historical Documentary Edit: A historical documentary is a nonfiction story dealing with historical events, places, or people. 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)

  • No Time Limit

Topical 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)

  • No Time Limit

Pandemic Edit: 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.

  • Newsroom Editor Pandemic Edit
  • Solo Journalist Pandemic Edit
  • Photojournalist Pandemic Edit

Editor of the Year: NEW RULES – Anyone who enters the contest in seven or more categories automatically qualifies for the Editor of the Year entry. You MUST build a composite entry of the seven stories, but understand judges may not watch your composite entry for judging Editor of the Year. Judges have possibly already seen the stories in individual categories; the composite is merely a guide to see all the entries you submitted in one place; this is why it is SO IMPORTANT you enter individual categories. You are hurting your chances at winning Editor of the year by not entering individual categories.

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.
10 Minute Time Limit.

  • Newsroom Editor Soft Feature Edit
  • Solo Journalist Soft Feature Edit
  • Photojournalist Soft Features Edit

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

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

  • 90 second time limit.

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.

Historical Documentary Edit: A historical documentary is a nonfiction story dealing with historical events, places, or people. 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)

  • No Time Limit.

Topical 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)

  • No Time Limit.

Pandemic Edit: 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.

  • Newsroom Editor Pandemic Edit
  • Solo Journalist Pandemic Edit
  • Photojournalist Pandemic Edit

Editor of the Year: NEW RULES – Anyone who enters the contest in seven or more categories automatically qualifies for the Editor of the Year entry. You MUST build a composite entry of the seven stories, but understand judges may not watch your composite entry for judging Editor of the Year. Judges have possibly already seen the stories in individual categories; the composite is merely a guide to see all the entries you submitted in one place; this is why it is SO IMPORTANT you enter individual categories. You are hurting your chances at winning Editor of the year by not entering individual categories.

Please contact [email protected] for more information or questions concerning this division.