The entry process is digital. When you sit down to complete the application, you will need:
- a brief program description of your entry
- credit listing (name, title)
- a dedicated URL where the media for your entry is hosted online, including password if applicable (must be live thru January 2016)
- any additional supporting materials in PDF format
Submissions that neglect guidelines will need to be re-submitted. Payments via credit card are accepted at the time of the online application submission. Checks are also accepted. Make checks payable to the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.
Entrants are responsible for hosting their media. If the entry lives online, you may provide a direct link to the piece. Otherwise, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Links must remain live thru January 2016. If your media is password protected, please provide the password where requested on the entry form. (This will only be shared with our screeners & jurors.) For entries with multiple links, we ask that you upload a document with a complete list of the links to be reviewed.
Submit breaking news stories as one consolidated entry from the news organization. For example, coverage about the Boston Marathon bombing reported on multiple platforms should be submitted as one entry. Include entire segments as they originally aired, in chronological order, separated by a few seconds of black. Do not submit narrated highlight reels. The duPont Jury looks for insightful coverage sustained throughout the event or crisis and afterward. Breaking news submissions should not exceed 2 hours.
Excellence in the digital and multimedia arena requires both outstanding journalism and innovative storytelling. Past winners include an interactive, multi-faceted online site about a deployment of soldiers to Afghanistan, which included videos, reader submitted content, panoramas, and other audio-visual components. Be sure to include the URL for the entry and the URL for any relevant websites (Network, Production Company, etc.) in the online entry form.
Documentaries that have appeared on air, online or in theaters are eligible. A documentary is considered for its storytelling and editorial independence about critical issues. Past winners have been honored for stories about the impact of war, health care, poverty, race and ethnic relations, and historical events. Funding information for independent productions is mandatory.
The duPont Jury honors outstanding reporting in the public service by local television stations, radio stations and websites about important issues in their communities. In recent years, local stations have received duPont Awards for exceptional coverage of the environment, immigration, education, child abuse, poverty, and investigative reporting on corruption in local institutions.