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PMA56. Public Media Awards presented by NETA

About the Awards


public media awards logoPublic Media Awards Nominations Now Open!

Award applications are open through Thursday, July 25. 

Categories for this year's Public Media Awards have been announced, including a new Visual Design category! See all the PMA56 categories here.

The Public Media Awards, presented by NETA, honor our member's finest work in community engagement, content, education, and marketing. A mosaic of relevant content that reflects both creativity and diversity that paint rich stories of truth and consequence. Piece-by-piece and member-by-member, we come together as choreographers of the public good to spark more imagination and inspiration than we ever could have alone.

Submit Projects

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Browse the PMA55 winners gallery for inspiration. 


Questions: email or contact Tim Eernisse at 803.978.1597.

$125 per entry

VISA or MasterCard accepted.

  • No checks or purchase orders 
  • No refunds 
  • Entries can be withdrawn from the competition, but the entry fee will not be refunded

For entries of six (6) or more, stations will receive a 10% discount on fees for those entries. All entries must be entered by the same individual to qualify for the discount.

To be eligible you must be a NETA Member*. Entries must have been created, produced, published or broadcast between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

  • Unlimited number of entries for eligible projects
  • Eligible projects may be entered into multiple categories
  • Any number of entries in any category may be submitted
  • *Independent producers may enter into the "Independent Production" categories ONLY

Award applications are open June 3 through July 25, 2024.

Finalists will be notified via station General Managers and winners will be announced to the public on September 15.

Submit Projects

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To see the judging criteria for the Public Media Awards, please review this document (PDF).

Here's what to include with each of your Public Media Award entries

  1. Category 
  2. Entry Name 
  3. A short narrative about your entry (500 words or less) 
  4. Did you measure reach or impact? 
  5. Share your reach or impact results 
  6. Station name/call letters
  7. Air date/event date
  8. Team information 
  9. Attachments relevant to your project or measured impact