Rules & Application

jag video awards

The JAG Video Awards registration opens February 9, 2018.

7th Annual JAG Video Awards

Includes Free College Student Category

Submission deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018


The registration is open to members of the public and at a discount rate to members of the Jersey Access Group.

Not a JAG member? Find out how to become one.

College Student Categories entries are FREE of charge with a limit of five entries.
Click here to enter:



Judging is based on six basic criteria: Content, Technical Quality, Creativity, “Local-centricity”, Style, and Overall Impact. There are a total of 19 competitive categories.

  1. Submit all entries in MPEG-4 format only – files must be received by Monday, April 16, 2018.
  2. Entries may be any length; however judges are only required to watch 15 minutes of each entry. You may submit any part of a program or programs: such as the beginning and end, or beginning and middle, etc. of a single program OR three to four segments from a series program, not exceeding 5 minutes for each segment (clearly delineate between each segment with a slate or fade). You must not re-edit the segments for the purpose of this contest; they must appear as they were originally produced.
  3. All entries must be accompanied by a 15 second highlight clip for use as part of the JAG Video Awards presentation.
  4. All entries submitted must have been wholly produced between August 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
  5. Entry fees are $50 for JAG members and $75 for non-JAG members, per entry. Enter 4 programs and you get the fifth entry free!!! Pay online with PayPal at the registration site, a municipal purchase order, or by check. Make checks payable to Jersey Access Group. If you don’t know if you are a current Jersey Access Group member, please contact Linda Besink at:  lbesink@gmail.com
  6. Category awards will be in the form of an award for first place, certificates for other category nominees.
  7. Please label each entry file with the category number, category name, name of entry, and station or organization name.
  8. Instructions and password will be sent via email for uploading of entries to JAG.

Make checks payable to Jersey Access Group

Mail check or purchase order to:

Jersey Access Group, PO Box 164, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Reasons for Disqualification

  1. File is not in the required format.
  2. Files which are not viewable for technical reasons. Judges will make every effort to view your entry. Please check your files before upload.
  3. An entry that clearly violates a specific requirement of the category in which it is entered.
  4. Improper alteration or re-editing for the purpose of this contest. Program or excerpts of the program should be entered in this contest as they were originally produced.
  5. Incorrect payment or failure to pay by May 4, 2018.
  6. Failure to provide a 15 seconds publicity clip.
  7. Entry received after April 16, 2018 will not be accepted. This is a REAL deadline and there will be no extensions!

Note: No refunds will be made for any entry that is disqualified, or for errors made by the producer or submitter.

Indemnification and Rights

  • All decisions made by the judging panels of the Jersey Access Group Video Awards Committee are final.
  • To promote community media, the Jersey Access Group retains the right to use clips of all entries for promotional purposes, including broadcast of the JAG Awards show for a period of two (2) years.
  • The producer of the work is responsible for obtaining all approvals, clearances, licenses, etc., for materials contained in the entry and will provide such clearances upon request.
  • To volunteer to be a judging site, or for answers to questions, contact: Bob Duthaler- bduthaler@jagonline.org


Program Categories

Note: Programs may be entered into more than one category but each category has to have a separate entry form and fee. Awards will be given to first place winners with remaining nominees in each category receiving certificates.