Welcome to the Heartland Emmy® Chapter

We are a membership based organization dedicated to advancing and awarding excellence in all areas of media and television, through our Emmy® Awards competition, scholarships, and programs. We are one of 19 regional chapters across the US, covering  Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Access your account here, to renew your membership, see what’s available for judging, or to update your profile.

For membership eligibility and guest user account questions, click here

Board Elections

Congratulations to Annette Lawless with KAKE in Wichita, and to Drew Barker with KJRH in Tulsa: our newest members of the Heartland Board of Governors. They join an awesome group, and we’re delighted to have them working for you!
And in Officer Elections, please welcome Carolyn Richards as President of the Board, and Drew Sidener as First VP/Awards Chair. Congratulations!

NATAS Seminar at A/V Expo in Denver

What is Television?

Television is no longer defined by a box that resides in the family living room. Television is happening everywhere we go. The Heartland Emmy® Chapter honors original content created for traditional broadcast/cablecast mediums as well as non-traditional and emerging platforms for broadband and portable delivery. Television is ‘moving pictures on a screen.’  If you are a producer (no matter your craft discipline) of original material intended for a Heartland audience, then this is your home for television excellence.

Commemorative Plaques

Memorialize your contribution to an Emmy® winning production with a stunning wall plaque. There is no statute of limitations for ordering these, even for past years’ productions. All plaques are a beautiful rosewood with a polished piano-key finish and engraved brass plate.

Judging Policy

The success of the Emmy® Awards process depends on the willingness of qualified professionals to serve as judges.

By entering, you agree to serve as a judge when asked, and that judging must occur during calendar year 2019.

  • If you enter once, you’ll need to judge once
  • If you enter twice, you’ll need to judge twice
  • If you enter three or more times, you’ll need to judge at least 3 times

Entrants who meet their judging requirements enjoy reduced entry fees.
There are typically 6-9 opportunities to judge other chapters’ entries during the year and all entrants are notified via email at that time. Also, judging availabilities are displayed in your membership dashboard as they occur.
What’s the time commitment for judging? 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the category; judging can be done anywhere you have a computer; it’s all online.

Membership Bonus:
When you judge 3 or more times during a calendar year, you’ll earn a $10 discount on membership dues for the coming year. There is no limit to the amount of judging you can do, as long as you’re qualified to judge the categories you choose.

We polled several of our long-time judges, to ask them Why Judge? Here’s what they said:

  • “I like to compare my work with other markets around the country”
  • “It expands the judging pool, which is how I want my work judged”
  • “I get a ton of ideas from watching other people’s work”
  • “Doing it online is super-easy for my schedule; I don’t have to do it all at once”


Discussion around Categories without Nominations

It has come to our attention that there are questions related to categories which did not receive nominations in this year’s Heartland Regional Emmy Awards. First, thank you to the members who have asked about the judging process. Second, in order to foster clear communication and transparency among all members, we want to further explain that process.

  • This is neither a precedent-setting nor a unique circumstance. Categories with zero nominees occur annually, and over a wide variety of disciplines. This year there were 8 professional categories, including both news and non-news (programs) representing entries from markets across the Heartland chapter, which did not receive nominations.
  • All entries in all categories are judged by at least 7 peers in a NATAS region outside of the Heartland chapter. Peers are defined as people who have three or more years experience working in the category they are judging. Judges acknowledge their experience via affidavits submitted to NATAS. Entries are judged on their own individual merits; they are not judged in competition with each other, which is why it is possible to have a statistical tie once all scores are added together.
  • In order to receive a nomination, an entry must reach a threshold percentage of high scores. Entries with scores below that threshold do not receive a nomination. The Awards Committee determines the cut-off percentage in a “blind” meeting where the entrants and categories are undisclosed.
  • In order to receive an Emmy award, entries much reach an even higher threshold.

In light of the questions regarding this year’s entries, we researched the categories without nominations. We determined that all of the judges were peers and their credentials are in order. We also verified that different chapters judged different categories, meaning they weren’t all judged by the same chapter which might imply a bias toward, or dislike of, the Heartland region. Further, the judges’ scores did not reflect a bias toward or against a particular company, group, or entrant.

We encourage questions about the judging process and work diligently to ensure its credibility and authenticity. If you ever have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to submit a written letter to the NATAS Heartland Chapter office, to be taken up by the Awards Committee. This is the best way to ensure clear, transparent communication.

The NATAS Heartland Chapter Awards Committee

Important Dates

Mid-December 2019
The 2020 Call for Entries opens,
here on the website.
A notification email will be sent to all
Heartland NATAS members.

February 1, 2020
Silver and Gold Circle nominations due.
Nominations come from you; please submit your nominations for exceptional lifetime achievement (25 or 50 years) by your peers!

October 23, 2019 ~ Wednesday

NATAS Career Day
at Rocky Mountain PBS
10:30-1:00 RSVP Here


Professional Membership

Those who work in the television and related industries are eligible for professional membership. Dues are annual, and our membership year runs from January through December. Chapter membership provides automatic membership in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.