The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the fields of 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 made available to a wide cross section of the national broadcast and online news and documentary community. Entries are solicited from national broadcast news organizations, cable companies, online news and documentary producers, streaming services, syndicators and independent producers.
Submissions are screened and evaluated throughout the months of May and June. Submission videos, ballots and judging instructions are delivered to judges who review the 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 byan independent accounting firm.
The nominees are announced in mid-July and posted on the NATAS website: www.theemmys.tv. This year’s Emmy® recipients will be announced at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards virtual award ceremonies in September 2021. Awards in the News categories will be presented on September 21 and the awards in the Documentary categories will be presented on September 22..