The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in news and documentary by conferring annual awards of merit. The awards are intended as an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in the broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking professions.

Each year a call for entries is sent to a wide cross section of the broadcast and online news & documentary community. Entries are solicited from national broadcast news organizations, cable companies, online news and documentary producers and streaming services, syndicators and independent producers.

Submissions are screened and judged throughout the months of May and June. Submission videos, ballots and judging instructions are delivered to judges who have two weeks to review submissions and cast their ballots. Entries are judged online by panelists who are certified as peers. Each judge casts a secret ballot. Judges’ votes are not shared with other judges or with members of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They are tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz and Carr.

The nominees are announced in mid-July, and posted on the NATAS website: www.emmyonline.tv.

This year's winners will be announced at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremonyin late September / early October 2018 in New York City (exact date and location TBA).

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