OBEA holds an annual competition for outstanding work in television, radio and scriptwriting by Oklahoma higher education students.

Each entry judged & critiqued by local media professionals.

 Awards will be presented during the OAB/OBEA Student Day in Tulsa, OK at River Spirit Casino Resort on Thursday, April 19, 2018

All entries are limited to work completed between 1/1/17 & 12/31/17 

Entry Deadlines:  January 19, 2018        Judging Day: March 3, 2018

Entry Categories


Promotional Spot 

Public Service Announcement 

Hard News 

Feature News Story


Sports Story  

Sports PBP (play by play)

Documentary/ Series 

Entertainment/Talk Pgm 

Sports Magazine/Talk Program 



Music Video  

Informational Video 

Video Essay 

Personality Talent Reel 

Click HERE for more information on each of the television categories. 


Promotional Spot 

Public Service Announcement 

Hard News 

Feature News 


Sports PBP 

Long Form Journalism 

Entertainment/Talk Program 

Sports Magazine/Talk Program 



Personality Talent Reel 

Click HERE for more information on each of the Radio categories. 


Click HERE for more information on script writing 

Entry Guidelines and Rules


  •  Work must be completed by undergraduate students enrolled at OBEA member schools during the 2017 school year.
  • Faculty & Professionals cannot be involved in producing the entry being judged other than in an advisory capacity.
  • It is the responsibility of the faculty member to pick the CORRECT CATEGORY for each student entry. All entry forms must be downloaded into Open Water / OBEA drop box by a faculty member of an OBEA member school. 
  • Work must demonstrate FCC rules and guidelines.
  • Work does not need to have “aired”.
  • For works including feed material, the entry must be at least 75% original content.


What is Ineligible?

  •  Work done outside university supervision is ineligible.
  • Work produced as part of an internship is ineligible.
  • If your link does not direct the judges to the correct entry, it will be disqualified.
  • An entry that has been entered in more than one category.

Rules and Conditions

  • Maximum number of entries per category: 3 PER SCHOOL & 1 PER ENTRANTException:  Only one Newscast and one Directing entry per school (judges will view entire show)
  • Entrants are limited to TWO STUDENTS or ONE CLASS/GROUP name. Names cannot be switched to create new entry. 
  • Newscast entrants should name the PRODUCER & DIRECTOR & not the anchors.
  • Newscasts should not be entered in the “TV Directing” category.
  • All entries except Sports Play-by-Play (TV & Radio) are not telescoped. Entries will include entire program length with judges requested to watch no less than 10 minutes total. 
  • All entries, audio or video, must be published by using the on-line submission method. Details will be provided to members of the web location prior to the opening submission date of January 19, 2018
  • All entries must include in the link’s description paragraph the following information: Entry Name, Category Name & Code, Length, Entrant’s Name(s), School
  • Any category receiving less than 3 entries will be exempt from the competition. 
  • If a category begins with 3 entries & one is disqualified, the judges will award only a 1st & 2nd place winner.   All final decisions will be determined by the judges.
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