STUDENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

June 9, 2022

Student Pillars Presented at

Regional EMMY® AWARDS

Ceremony

Saturday, October 29, 2022

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

March 2, 2021 — March 1, 2022

ENTRY DEADLINE

FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2022

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES

NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry, best known for the coveted Emmy® Award.

ELIGIBILITY AREA

All broadcast, cable, broadband, cable / community / government access and video content providers (not close circuit or venue specific) located within the following Designated Market Areas (DMAs):

  • St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Little Rock
  • Springfield (MO)
  • St. Joseph
  • Columbia/Jefferson City
  • Joplin/Pittsburg
  • Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk
  • Ottumwa/Kirksville
  • Davenport/Rock Island/Moline
  • Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg
  • Champaign/Springfield/Decatur
  • Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers
  • Jonesboro
  • Monroe-Eldorado and Shreveport (LA)

FEES

HIGH SCHOOL

$25 per entry

May include up to 2 names per entry

COLLEGE

$35 per entry

May include up to 2 names per entry

Payment Options

PayPal Preferred.  
Checks will be accepted and must be received by April 18th. Please make checks payable to:

NATAS Mid-America
3655 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Payment Deadline

All entries paid via PayPal must be paid in full by the deadline – deadline to receive checks for entries is April 18.

Mid-America Student Production Awards

STANDARD RULES AND REGULATIONS

To recognize outstanding student achievement in production by conferring awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated awards region. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by undergraduate college and/or high school students.
  1. Projects conceived, produced and executed by students at a high school, university, college or technical/vocational school within the Chapter’s designated awards region are eligible for student award consideration.
  2. Returning students who previously worked as professionals are not eligible.
  3. No professional services may have been employed in the production of the entry.
  4. Faculty involvement can only be advisory.
  5. Entrants must be enrolled as a full-time student during the eligibility period.
  6. Students may enter work that was produced as a class assignment, extra-curricular assignment or in conjunction with their academic experience.
  7. Students who perform professional work may enter their work in the professional awards competition, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  8. No entry may be submitted to more than one Chapter’s awards.
  9. The entry does not need to have been broadcast, cablecast or webcast to be eligible.
  10. Entry videos must as they were originally submitted to their advisor. There may not be any edits to the originally completed video except for edits to bring the entry length within the specified category time limit. When editing for time, use only straight cuts with one second of black to denote where content has been removed.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit in each category.
  12. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive material is not accepted. The interpretation of the Awards Committee is final and absolute.
  13. Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.
Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® Award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class, for which school credit is received, they are considered a student. If they are paid or working on a project with other “professionals,” and want to enter the Chapter’s Emmy® Award competition, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate entry fees. The student is then prohibited from entering subsequent student production categories with other classmates.
A teacher, professor or advisor must approve the entry even if the student handles the submission or upload process themselves. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit.
At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment. Entrants must specifically identify and give credit to all non-original material included in the entry. This includes music use.
Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish should be submitted with subtitles and will be  judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English submit an English-language translation of the narration track.Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish will be judged by Spanish-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. Judging of these entries is subject to the availability of qualified judges who speak the language of the entry. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English or Spanish submit an English-language translation of the narration track.
No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one Programming category. The same student may not be listed on more than one entry for doing the same job using the same work. If a student was responsible for more than one role, they submit the video in the appropriate craft categories to be judged for that particular craft (ie writer, editor, etc.).
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information. NATAS shall accept all submissions that are not in conflict with any of its rules and regulations.
The faculty advisor warrants that they are the party most responsible for verifying that eligibility requirements have been met. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits may be the basis for disqualification.
While a fee to cover administrative expenses may be charged, there may be no individual student entry fees. Membership is not a requirement for advisors or entrants.
Programming Categories are judged on three criteria: content, creativity and execution on a 10-point scale (maximum 30 points); and Craft Categories are judged on two criteria: creativity and execution (maximum 20 points). Judging panels are to be made up of qualified professional judges. Judges have the option of including constructive comments or feedback, to be returned to the student’s faculty advisor.
A crystal pillar is awarded to the school for entries validated by a  professor or advisor. Students responsible for the production will each receive a certificate. Pillars may be purchased for students listed on winning entries after the awards.
Schools may refer to the fact that they are recipients of a NATAS Student Production Award, but may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion.
The Mid-America chapter includes the television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs:
  • St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Little Rock
  • Springfield (MO)
  • St. Joseph
  • Columbia/Jefferson City
  • Joplin/Pittsburg
  • Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk
  • Ottumwa/Kirksville
  • Davenport/Rock Island/Moline
  • Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg
  • Champaign/Springfield/Decatur
  • Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers
  • Jonesboro
  • Monroe-Eldorado and Shreveport (LA)

Mid-America Student Production Awards

CATEGORIES

HIGH SCHOOL

NOTE: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.
H-01
Newscast
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
H-02
News Report — Serious News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
H-03
News Report — Light News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
H-04
Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered submitted in any other programming or craft category.
Note: This category is intended for solo projects. Collaborative or group projects must be submitted in one of the other appropriate categories.
H-05
Non-Fiction — Short Form
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
H-06
Non-Fiction — Long Form
TIME LIMIT: MINIMUM 10 MINUTES — MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time.
H-07
Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic.
H-08
Public Affairs/Community Service
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of content with current social, civic or other issue-oriented subject matter. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic. Advocacy of a point of view is encouraged. Content, creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
H-09
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
TIME LIMIT: Spots may be 5-seconds to 2 minutes in length
For outstanding achievement in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.
H-10
Sports Story or Segment
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
H-11
Sports Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
H-12
Live Sporting Event/Game
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in the production of a live or recorded live sports event or game. A composite is required and may include segments or excerpts that provide examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion.
Note: One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
NOTE: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.
NOTE: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry. Limit: 15 minutes.
H-13
Editor
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-14
Photographer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-15
Talent — News or Sports
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by-play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-16
Writer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

COLLEGE

NOTE: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.
C-01
Newscast
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
C-02
News Report — Serious News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Comment: Serious News entries might be considered the lead of a newscast. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial and visual content, as well as adherence to broadcast journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
C-03
News Report — Light News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Comment: Light News entries should focus on feature topics of a light nature that might be considered a “closer” in a newscast. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial and visual content, as well as adherence to broadcast journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
C-04
Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Note: This category is intended for solo projects. Collaborative or group projects must be submitted in one of the other appropriate categories.
C-05
Non-Fiction — Short Form
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
C-06
Non-Fiction — Long Form
TIME LIMIT: MINIMUM 10 MINUTES — MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time.
C-07
Arts/ and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding reporting achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance, or a compilation of up to three unedited pieces. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic.
C-08
Magazine Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a program consisting of various stories of regional interest, usually on current events or entertainment in a format that often includes interviews and interspersed with links by presenters who appear in the reports. Could cover “pre-produced” or “recorded and edited” morning announcements. Designed to entertain and inform. Judges will look at the overall content, creativity and execution of the entire program as a complete product.
C-09
Sports Story or Segment
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
C-10
Sports Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
NOTE: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.
NOTE: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry.
C-11
Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in animation, graphics, and/or special effects demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-12
Talent — News or Sports
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by-play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-13
Photographer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-14
Editor
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-15
Writer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

2022 CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALL FOR ENTRIES PDFs

Categories

HIGH SCHOOL

H-01 · Newscast
H-02 · News Report — Serious News
H-03 · News Report — Light News
H-04 · Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
H-05 · Non-fiction — Short Form
H-06 · Non-fiction — Long Form
H-07 · Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
H-08 · Public Affairs/Community Service
H-09 · Public Service Announcement (PSA)
H-10 · Sports Story or Segment
H-11 · Sports Program
H-12 · Live Sporting Event/Game

H-13 · Editor
H-14 · Photographer
H-15 · Talent — News or Sports
H-16 · Writer

COLLEGE

C-01 · Newscast
C-02 · News Report — Serious News
C-03 · News Report — Light News
C-04 · Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
C-05 · Non-fiction — Short Form
C-06 · Non-fiction — Long Form
C-07 · Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
C-08 · Magazine Program
C-09 · Sports Story or Segment
C-10 · Sports Program

C-11 · Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
C-12 · Talent — News or Sports
C-13 · Photographer
C-14 · Editor
C-15 · Writer

CONTACT

If you have any questions, contact us at:
618-444-9756 (cell / text)
maggie@emmymid-america.org

MID-AMERICA SCHEDULE

Eligibility Period

March 2, 2021 – March 1, 2022

ENTRY DEADLINE

April 22, 2022

scholarshipS

GRANT

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant C.E.O.G

Applications Deadline

April 29, 2022

Awards Store

Call for Entries PDF

Mid-America Student Production Awards

STANDARD RULES AND REGULATIONS

To recognize outstanding student achievement in production by conferring awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated awards region. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by undergraduate college and/or high school students.
  1. Projects conceived, produced and executed by students at a high school, university, college or technical/vocational school within the Chapter’s designated awards region are eligible for student award consideration.
  2. Returning students who previously worked as professionals are not eligible.
  3. No professional services may have been employed in the production of the entry.
  4. Faculty involvement can only be advisory.
  5. Entrants must be enrolled as a full-time student during the eligibility period.
  6. Students may enter work that was produced as a class assignment, extra-curricular assignment or in conjunction with their academic experience.
  7. Students who perform professional work may enter their work in the professional awards competition, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  8. No entry may be submitted to more than one Chapter’s awards.
  9. The entry does not need to have been broadcast, cablecast or webcast to be eligible.
  10. Entry videos must as they were originally submitted to their advisor. There may not be any edits to the originally completed video except for edits to bring the entry length within the specified category time limit. When editing for time, use only straight cuts with one second of black to denote where content has been removed.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit in each category.
  12. Pornographic, violent, defamatory or offensive material is not accepted. The interpretation of the Awards Committee is final and absolute.
  13. Ineligible entries may be disqualified during any phase of the competition.
Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® Award recognition. If material is produced as part of a class, for which school credit is received, they are considered a student. If they are paid or working on a project with other “professionals,” and want to enter the Chapter’s Emmy® Award competition, they cannot enter as a student, but instead must pay the appropriate entry fees. The student is then prohibited from entering subsequent student production categories with other classmates.
A teacher, professor or advisor must approve the entry even if the student handles the submission or upload process themselves. There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit.
At least two-thirds of an entry must consist of original material, unless previously produced material has been given some unique and creative treatment. Entrants must specifically identify and give credit to all non-original material included in the entry. This includes music use.
Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish should be submitted with subtitles and will be  judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English submit an English-language translation of the narration track.Entries in English will be judged by English-speaking professionals. Entries in Spanish will be judged by Spanish-speaking professionals. Entries in other languages may be entered. Judging of these entries is subject to the availability of qualified judges who speak the language of the entry. We recommend that entrants in languages other than English or Spanish submit an English-language translation of the narration track.
No single entry may be submitted in its entirety in more than one Programming category. The same student may not be listed on more than one entry for doing the same job using the same work. If a student was responsible for more than one role, they submit the video in the appropriate craft categories to be judged for that particular craft (ie writer, editor, etc.).
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information. NATAS shall accept all submissions that are not in conflict with any of its rules and regulations.
The faculty advisor warrants that they are the party most responsible for verifying that eligibility requirements have been met. The intentional falsification of production credits or entry credits may be the basis for disqualification.
While a fee to cover administrative expenses may be charged, there may be no individual student entry fees. Membership is not a requirement for advisors or entrants.
Programming Categories are judged on three criteria: content, creativity and execution on a 10-point scale (maximum 30 points); and Craft Categories are judged on two criteria: creativity and execution (maximum 20 points). Judging panels are to be made up of qualified professional judges. Judges have the option of including constructive comments or feedback, to be returned to the student’s faculty advisor.
A crystal pillar is awarded to the school for entries validated by a  professor or advisor. Students responsible for the production will each receive a certificate. Pillars may be purchased for students listed on winning entries after the awards.
Schools may refer to the fact that they are recipients of a NATAS Student Production Award, but may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of commercial advertising or promotion.
The Mid-America chapter includes the television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and surrounding DMAs:
  • St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Little Rock
  • Springfield (MO)
  • St. Joseph
  • Columbia/Jefferson City
  • Joplin/Pittsburg
  • Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk
  • Ottumwa/Kirksville
  • Davenport/Rock Island/Moline
  • Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg
  • Champaign/Springfield/Decatur
  • Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers
  • Jonesboro
  • Monroe-Eldorado and Shreveport (LA)

Mid-America STUDENT PRODUCTION Awards

CATEGORIES

HIGH SCHOOL

H-01 · Newscast
H-02 · News Report — Serious News
H-03 · News Report — Light News
H-04 · Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
H-05 · Non-fiction — Short Form
H-06 · Non-fiction — Long Form
H-07 · Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
H-08 · Public Affairs/Community Service
H-09 · Public Service Announcement (PSA)
H-10 · Sports Story or Segment
H-11 · Sports Program
H-12 · Live Sporting Event/Game

H-13 · Editor
H-14 · Photographer
H-15 · Talent — News or Sports
H-16 · Writer

COLLEGE

C-01 · Newscast
C-02 · News Report — Serious News
C-03 · News Report — Light News
C-04 · Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
C-05 · Non-fiction — Short Form
C-06 · Non-fiction — Long Form
C-07 · Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
C-08 · Magazine Program
C-09 · Sports Story or Segment
C-10 · Sports Program
 
 

C-11 · Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
C-12 · Talent — News or Sports
C-13 · Photographer
C-14 · Editor
C-15 · Writer

HIGH SCHOOL

NOTE: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.
H-01
Newscast
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
H-02
News Report — Serious News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
H-03
News Report — Light News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
H-04
Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered submitted in any other programming or craft category.
Note: This category is intended for solo projects. Collaborative or group projects must be submitted in one of the other appropriate categories.
H-05
Non-Fiction — Short Form
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
H-06
Non-Fiction — Long Form
TIME LIMIT: MINIMUM 10 MINUTES — MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time.
H-07
Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic.
H-08
Public Affairs/Community Service
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of content with current social, civic or other issue-oriented subject matter. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic. Advocacy of a point of view is encouraged. Content, creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
H-09
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
TIME LIMIT: Spots may be 5-seconds to 2 minutes in length
For outstanding achievement in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.
H-10
Sports Story or Segment
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
H-11
Sports Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
H-12
Live Sporting Event/Game
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in the production of a live or recorded live sports event or game. A composite is required and may include segments or excerpts that provide examples of: Show Open, Graphics Package, Use of Replays, Inserted Pre-Produced Segments, Use of Statistical or Other Prepared Material, Highlights, Standard Coverage (e.g. Routine Innings or Downs) and any additional material at entrant’s discretion.
Note: One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
NOTE: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.
NOTE: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry. Limit: 15 minutes.
H-13
Editor
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-14
Photographer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-15
Talent — News or Sports
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by-play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
H-16
Writer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

COLLEGE

NOTE: The same material may not be entered in more than one programming category.
C-01
Newscast
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a newscast, produced daily or less than daily, but broadcast, streamed or otherwise distributed as a “live” program. Post edits are not permitted except for the removal of breaks. Entry will be judged on overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.
C-02
News Report — Serious News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Comment: Serious News entries might be considered the lead of a newscast. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial and visual content, as well as adherence to broadcast journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
C-03
News Report — Light News
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events. Entries may contain spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Coverage of controversial issues is welcome. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites. Preference will be given to individual pieces demonstrating reporting and field production. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the individual report.
Comment: Light News entries should focus on feature topics of a light nature that might be considered a “closer” in a newscast. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial and visual content, as well as adherence to broadcast journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
C-04
Multimedia Journalist (MMJ)
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement by a single individual covering a single or multi-part news story. The MMJ is reporter, writer, photojournalist and editor. Entry may not be entered in any other programming or craft category.
Note: This category is intended for solo projects. Collaborative or group projects must be submitted in one of the other appropriate categories.
C-05
Non-Fiction — Short Form
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a short-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
C-06
Non-Fiction — Long Form
TIME LIMIT: MINIMUM 10 MINUTES — MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a presentation of a long-form treatment of a single non-fiction subject. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) investigations, examinations of social issues, personal relationships, sports lifestyles, music, performing arts, entertainment, fashion and historical retrospectives. Content creativity and execution will be important elements in judging the entries. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
Note: If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants are permitted to make three edits to bring the entry to time.
C-07
Arts/ and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding reporting achievement in a presentation of content devoted to cultural or artistic significance, or a compilation of up to three unedited pieces. Entry may be a single story or a multi-part series of stories on the same topic.
C-08
Magazine Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a program consisting of various stories of regional interest, usually on current events or entertainment in a format that often includes interviews and interspersed with links by presenters who appear in the reports. Could cover “pre-produced” or “recorded and edited” morning announcements. Designed to entertain and inform. Judges will look at the overall content, creativity and execution of the entire program as a complete product.
C-09
Sports Story or Segment
TIME LIMIT: 10 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports news, information or feature story. In-studio set-up or anchor link work will not be considered as an asset unless it materially contributes to the editorial content of the presentation. Judges will particularly look for well-organized material, paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.
C-10
Sports Program
TIME LIMIT: 30 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in a sports program or special. Entry may be live or edited and must have, as its basis, special coverage not to be taken from a newscast. Entries may include multi-camera and pre-produced segments. Entry may have no post-edits except for the removal of PSAs, interstitials or commercials. Entry will be judged on awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.
Note: This category is for shows such as pre/post-game shows, sports interview/discussion programs, season recap shows, etc. If the original presentation ran more than 30 minutes, entrants may select up to three (3) segments/excerpts to bring the entry to the specified time limit. One (1) second of black should be included between segments/excerpts.
NOTE: Only those who performed the specified craft should be listed on the entry.
NOTE: One (1) second of black should be inserted between elements of a composite entry.
C-11
Animation/Graphics/Special Effects
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in animation, graphics, and/or special effects demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-12
Talent — News or Sports
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in on-camera talent demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals in the areas of news anchoring, reporting, host/moderator, sports play-by-play, analyst, etc. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-13
Photographer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in photography demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-14
Editor
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in editing demonstrating the skills of one or more individuals. Entries may contain a single example of the craft, or a composite of material as originally prepared for class or extra-curricular assignment.
C-15
Writer
TIME LIMIT: 15 MINUTES
For outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both count heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Short form content that includes multiple installments, all of which fit under a unifying theme.​
Examples: “Tom’s Financial Tips” that air every Wednesday night on a local newscast, “Reports from the Border” that post on a local news website over a 6-month period.​
The document that provides information related to the Emmy® Awards contests, including rules, guidelines and categories.​
A committee that oversees the Regional Emmy® Awards contest within a particular NATAS chapter. This committee has the final say on selecting categories for the chapter Call for Entries, determining content and entrant eligibility and reviewing judges’ challenges (among other duties.)
Programs or other content that consist of previously distributed material in the form of a “year in review” special or a collection of Branded Content Series pieces. These are NOT eligible for Regional Emmy® Awards contents.​
Content that is only available to a select and limited audience via distribution on a closed circuit (hospitals, inflight entertainment, hotels, doctor’s offices, private companies, etc.)​
Video content transmitted in a public sports venue, arena or stadium is not considered distribution on a closed circuit and is eligible in content and craft categories.
A sampling of a minimum of two (2) and no more than five (5) representative segments or examples of work that convey to a judging panel the scope, breadth, or range of an individual’s talents within the specified craft category. The elements within a composite, unless otherwise noted in the category description, are to be “as aired” with no post-distribution changes, such as additional edits, music or special effects. Composites may include stories or segments in their entirety and/or excerpts from longer content. One to two seconds of black between cuts, with no audio or slates, must be added to separate segments within the composite. ​
Having a direct involvement or vested interest in the production of an entry or having a personal relationship with an entrant. Judges may NOT judge entries in which any of these criteria are met. Group ownership, by itself, does not create a conflict of interest.
Examples: A producer working for a station owned by TEGNA in one market is not prohibited from judging an entry produced by another TEGNA-owned station in another chapter. NBC Sports Chicago personnel are not prohibited from serving as judges for entries produced by NBC Sports Bay Area.
A category for which there are three (3) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Content, Creativity and Execution.
Our chapter’s content categories can be found in category group 100-500. (also see: Craft Category)
A category for which there are two (2) areas of excellence being considered in the judging process: Creativity and Execution. These categories focus solely on the craft designated for each (photography, editing, talent, etc.) Our chapter’s craft categories are in the 600s. (also see: Content Category)
Short examples edited from content that showcases your work. Demo reels or montages often include shorter excerpts from the original video that may or may not have added music, graphics and/or special effects.
Example: A photographer cannot take short segments from original content and edit those pieces together for a composite submission in the craft category.
The process of getting video content from a producer to a viewer. This may include being broadcast on a television or cable station, streamed on a website or app, posted on a company website or social media account.​
Any entry submitted in its entirety in more than one content category or instance of any entrant submitting work in an attempt to be recognized more than once for performing the same job function for the same content.
See specific examples of double-dipping in the RULES section of this Call for Entries.
Period of time in which any content must have been produced to be eligible for entry in this regional Emmy® Awards contest. This window varies among NATAS chapters and will be prominently displayed in each Call for Entries.
The most prestigious peer-judged award recognizing excellence in professional achievement with annual awards of merit in the television industry through extensive, confidential peer review of broadcast work and related media.​
Individual whose work has been submitted for consideration in a regional Emmy® Award contest.​
Maximum length allowed for the submitted entry video not the original video that was aired/distributed for viewing by the general public. This varies among categories.​
A continuous segment or section from longer content, excerpts are used to bring longer content to the specified category time limit.​
While still journalistic in nature, this content takes less of a hard news tone while incorporating strong storytelling. It may be a serious or lighter subject. The story construction and personality of the interviewees are highlighted in a feature story. Feature news stories often run a bit longer and may not have an immediate time peg.​
Classic, fact-gathering and reporting. Should include a news hook and timely peg.​
A program or long form content that promotes a product, service or idea and includes a call to commerce.​
Job Title is the word or words under your name on a business card that indicate(s) what job position you hold within the organization for which you work.
Role on Entry is the particular function you performed on an Emmy® Award entry.
Many of these are similar or even the same (Producer, Photographer, Editor) while some job titles (Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer, Assignment Desk Editor) don’t directly translate to a tangible job function performed during the production process. Entrants often perform roles on an entry that aren’t a part of their job title (a producer who edits, a director who writes, a photographer who lights the set, an editor who produces.) 
For the purposes of regional Emmy® Award statuette eligibility, Role on Entry is the determining factor over Job Title.
Method of coverage that considers all sides fairly, reporting without bias or persuasion.​
One whose work on a production was significant enough to be considered eligible for a regional Emmy® Award statuette. In the estimation of the entry submitter, the entry would not have been award-worthy without this person’s contributions.​
Video production that exceeds 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program categories or sub-categories, as well as longer segment or feature categories or sub-categories and online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
One who has completed the membership process in one of the 19 regional NATAS chapters.
(Membership is not required to enter regional Emmy® Awards contests)
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) was founded in 1955. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award.​
Regional Emmy® Awards are given in nineteen regions across the United States. National Awards are given for Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering.​
Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.​
The Daytime, News & Documentary, Community Service, Sports and Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards contests are held annually and open to all entrants whose work meets eligibility criteria.​
National Awards Committee As outlined in the NATAS bylaws, this group of people administers the policy and structure of the National and Regional Emmy® Awards process. Its membership consists of representatives from each of the National Awards constituencies as well as regional/chapter reps.​
Multiple reports that build on the same subject or news story.​
A stand-alone program or content that is not part of a larger series of content.​
The date that content was first made available (aired or otherwise distributed) to the general public.​
The process by which Emmy® Awards entries are reviewed by professionals of like disciplines for the purpose of determining award-worthiness. Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other.​
A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to or streaming on a computer or mobile device. Audio-only Podcasts are not eligible for Emmy® Award consideration. Podcasts that also include a video element would be eligible for regional entry as long as they are in compliance with all other requirements.​
A term used to help determine eligibility of content for regional Emmy® Awards contests. This was previously used as the standard of eligibility but has been replaced with the phrase “produced and intended for a regional or local audience,” as the National Awards Committee determined this was more effectively measured and determined.​
NOTE: The duties of the newscast producer (the person producing the overall newscast) are generally understood industry-wide and are not outlined here.​
This description is meant to define duties associated with producers of specific content within a newscast or program, as well as producers of short/long form content, programs, promos, branded and other eligible content distributed on various platforms.​
To be listed on an entry as “Producer” an entrant must perform the majority of the following producer duties:​
  1. Serving as an “overseer” of the content, determining the overall tone, structure, look, sound, and mission of the content.
  2. Making strategic editorial decisions that have a significant impact on the resulting content.
  3. Identifying interview subjects and shoot locations.
  4. Scheduling interviews, shoots, and edits.
  5. Writing and/or approving scripts.
  6. Formulating ideas for graphics/animations and working with designers through completion.
  7. Working with editors to assure the content meets expectations and overseeing necessary changes.
  8. For studio-based programs or content, the producer would generally fulfill much of the above and/or oversee control room decisions, timing, etc.
Maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift.​
A traditional content format used in broadcast and cable television. In order to be more inclusive of content delivered via non-traditional means, the term Long Form Content is being used in most applications that were previously referred to as Programs. Certain categories (Documentary, Sports Program, Magazine Program) have retained the term where the traditional definition remains applicable.​
Multiple episodes of a program with similar subject matter or an overall unifying theme.​
One who receives a regional Emmy® Award. As regional entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other, there may be no recipient, one recipient or more than one recipient in a given category. Honorees in the National Emmy® Award contests are referred to as “winners” since only one entry is awarded in each category, with the exception of ties.​
The document that sets forth the rules and available categories for each regional chapter’s Call For Entries. It also includes a section of Chapter Guidance and this Glossary of Terms.​
A section of video content that could be part of a program or entry.​
Multiple installments of similar and related content.
(also see: News Series and Program Series)
Video production that is no more than 10 minutes in length. These subcategories are the intended home for content that previously would have been submitted in Program Feature or Segment categories or sub-categories, as well as online content that meets other eligibility criteria.​
This is defined as the time between when a work shift begins and ends (could be a normal work shift or an extended, breaking-news type of shift). This term is replacing the previously used “within 24 hours” as a way to separate longer term projects and productions from those completed within one work shift.​
Crystal pillars presented to recipients of separate contests among high school and college students, with the intention to recognize outstanding student achievements in production. Rules and category options for Student Production Awards are outlined in the Regional Awards Manual.​
Content conceived and created by full-time students at a university, college, technical/vocational school or high school. Student Productions may not include any professional services and faculty involvement can only be advisory.​
Exact runtime of an entry video.​
Person who completes the process of entry in a regional Emmy® Award contest. This person may also be an entrant but is not required to.​
Content that is licensed for distribution on multiple broadcast or online outlets and available for consumption in multiple geographic locations.​
The maximum amount of time allowed. A chapter call for entries will include two (2) types of time limits: Time Limit and Production Time Limit.
Time Limit: maximum length allowed for an entry, this varies among categories
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Production Time Limit: maximum length allowed to produce an entry, which may be indicated in hours or the term Single Shift.
When an entry includes previously produced material, it is only eligible if its use is significantly different from any previous use of the same material.​