The People’s Choice Awards are NaSTA’s second annual awards and take place in summer term. These awards are voted on by NaSTA stations and are a great end to the NaSTA year. They are hosted by a different station each year. The 2019 hosts are Forge and YSTV.

There are 8 award categories:

1). Open – Entry format: 10 minute video
As the name suggests this is completely open, anything you want to submit you can! Be it a drama, a comedy, an informative video, or anything else, it’s yours to decide. So, have as much fun with it and submit whatever you think people should see, especially if it doesn’t fit into any of the other categories.

2). Live – Entry format: 10 minute video
Livestreams are one of the most fun but also most difficult forms of content to produce. Everything is happening right there, in front of you, and there is no time for thinking once something goes wrong! You have to be quick and critical so that no matter what difficulties you may encounter, you can overcome them and offer the best experience to your viewers regardless. This category is for those that can address the problems they face and produce exciting and engaging streams.

3). Content Innovation – Entry format: 10 minute video
In today’s world, it’s very hard to come up with something new. It seems like everything has been done, and done again, so bringing a fresh idea to the table seems like an impossible task! However, there are plenty of video makers that manage to create innovative content and this award is meant just for them.

4). Technical Innovation – Entry format: 500 word report (excluding tables or captions)

Here we focus more on the actual production of the videos but it’s also about the technical innovations that power your station. Cables, websites, storage, and everything in between! This award is meant to praise the hard work that goes into making a video and the technical skills needed to back a team of video makers.

5). Visual Creativity & Quality – Entry format: 10 minute video
This category is all about the effects, angles, and overall look of the video. This award covers multiple areas such as cinematography, editing, animations and visual effects; it’s a chance for stations to earn some recognition for the skill and effort they put into making their videos look as good as they can.

6). Best On-Screen Talent – Entry format: 5 minute video
This category is meant to reward the hardworking presenters that make ideas come to life. They are the face of the video, and they have to engage the viewers. This is not an easy job and being charismatic, funny and quick witted is not for everyone, so make sure you vote your favourites to let them know how much you enjoy seeing them on screen!

7). Un-Sung Hero – Entry format: 500 word report

Everyone sees the presenters and the actors, but what about all the people behind the scenes? What about the whole team of camera people, editors and technicians? Well they do just as much hard work, and they deserve to be appreciated and rewarded as well. This is the category for those people to give them their time in the limelight!

8). Station Of The Year – Entry format: 10 minute video & 500 word report

The last award will decide who the student television students like the most. The broadcaster that has had the best ideas and was the best at bringing them to life. Who will it be?

People’s Choice Awards 2019

What are the People’s Choice Awards?
They’re NaSTA’s annual summer awards. It consists of eight awards categories that you can enter once each per station. The voting power lies with you! Once all entries have been submitted, there will a short voting period where each station can vote for their favourite entry in each award – hence ‘people’s choice’.

What are the categories?
The eight categories are Open, Live, Content Innovation, Technical Innovation, Visual Creativity & Quality, Best On-Screen Talent, Un-Sung Hero and Station of the Year. For full information about the submission details and explanations of each category, check out the link at the end of the email.

When are the People’s Choice Awards?

Can I attend the Awards?
Unlike NaSTA, there is no official conference. The awards are livestreamed on NUTV’s official channel which saves you the cost of travelling anywhere!

When can I submit and vote for entries?
Submissions open at 00:00 on the 27th July and close at 23:59 on 31st July. In this period, you can apply for any of the eight categories until the final deadline. All entries will then be uploaded to the NaSTA website (watch this space) where voting will take place from 00:00 on the 3rd August until 19:00 on the 8th August.

How many times can I vote?
There is only one vote per station, so make sure you use it wisely!

So there you have it – the PCAs in a nutshell! If you have any other questions or concerns, contact our communications officer at [email protected] or our returning officer, Haaris, at [email protected].

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your content to other stations around the UK. The PCA’s are also the perfect place to enter content which may not have been recognised at the NaSTA awards earlier this year.

Go win some awards!