The success of the Emmy® Awards process depends on the willingness of qualified professionals to serve as judges. Peers in other NATAS Chapters are serving this Chapter’s entrants. This Chapter will judge other Chapter’s entries. By entering, you agree to serve as a judge when asked.

There are typically 6-9 opportunities to judge other chapters’ entries during the year (we call them Rounds) and all entrants are notified via email.

You can expect to see these judging notices regularly through July/August, after which the judging is on an unscheduled basis – if at all.


Entries are judged against a standard of excellence and do not compete against each other. There may be one award, more than one award or no award given in each category. Any exceptions will be noted in the category description.


A peer judge is defined as any person with a minimum of two years of professional experience in the field of television program production, programming, or allied media who is directly engaged in or supervises the discipline they’re being asked to judge.


Potential judges may also include professionals in allied fields, who by the specific nature of their work are uniquely qualified to make judgmental decisions concerning particular areas of television or media production.

Examples of Peer judges

Television and multi-media writers, producers, directors
Programming, production and news executives
Craft persons
Advertising agency executives and creative directors involved in programming decisions
Print journalists (who have hands-on television production experience)
Sports professionals
College university educators who represent journalism, film, television, or media
Former broadcast journalists
Authors of newspaper or magazine columns, blogs, and/or articles about television or media
Television critics
Interns and students

Conflict of interest

Judges may not have a conflict of interest, which is described as direct involvement in the production of an entry, or having a personal relationship with a member of the production staff of an entry. Group ownership, by itself, does not necessarily create a conflict of interest.


You don't need to be a member to judge.

· If you enter twice, you'll need to judge twice

· If you enter once, you'll need to judge once

· If you enter 3 or more times, you'll need to judge at least 3 times

All entries sent to judges for screening are deemed to be eligible by the Chapter whose work is being judged. For that reason, judges are required to score each entry regardless if they feel it has been placed in the wrong category or might have technical problems. Forms are available should judges wish to challenge any entry. On challenged entries, judges are asked to score without bias, even if they believe an entry is not in an appropriate category.

To judge, teachers must either teach the specific crafts being judged, or have had professional experience performing the craft being judged.

Whenever a current job title does not obviously qualify a judge as a peer, the judge should list, on the judge’s certification section of the ballot, his/her previous experience, which qualifies him/her as a peer for the programs or crafts being judged.


Judging usually takes 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the category.


Premium and Associate Members:

Judge 3 times
or more


$10 off

on membership dues the next time you renew

There is no limit to the amount of judging you can do, as long as you’re qualified to judge the categories you choose.