The Golden Mike Awards® are Southern California's most prestigious, and most coveted, broadcast journalism prize. What sets the Golden Mikes apart from other competitions is the "Golden Mike Standard of Excellence", appended below. Unlike most awards contests in which winners are determined by selecting which entry is the "best" among all those submitted in each category, winners of the Golden Mike Awards®" must also meet the "Standard of Excellence". If the judges decide that no entry in a category meets the "Standard of Excellence", then no award is given in that category. As a result, Golden Mike Award® winners know that their work has been judged to be "excellent", as well as the "best".
Another distinguishing feature of the Golden Mike Awards® is the quality and integrity of the judging process. Blue-ribbon panels of judges are constituted by recruiting first-rate, experienced broadcast news professionals from top markets, stations, networks, bureaus, and universities across the country. They are flown to Los Angeles for the Judging Day, where they are assigned into three-person panels for radio and television. Each panel is assigned a Monitor who explains and applies the judging procedures, distributes scoring sheets, plays each entry on professional video and audio equipment, and then collects the scoring sheets. The scoring sheets are then delivered to the Awards Accountant, who tabulates the scores, identifies the winners, and confirms those categories that are noted by the judges as not meeting the "Golden Mike Standard of Excellence".
The Golden Mike Awards® are presented at a gala dinner in Hollywood each January in an industry event which is both congratulatory and celebratory. For over 60 years, the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has promoted excellence in broadcast journalism through the Golden Mike Awards® and is committed to continuing that legacy into the future.
Golden Mike Awards® Standard of Excellence
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS MADE TO ALL GOLDEN MIKE AWARDS® JUDGES AS A PART OF THE JUDGING PROCEDURES:
"THE RTNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WISHES TO INFORM YOU OF THE STANDARDS BY WHICH WE ASK YOU TO JUDGE THE ENTRIES IN THIS YEAR’S GOLDEN MIKE CONTEST. IT IS RTNA’S INTENTION THAT GOLDEN MIKES BE AWARDED ONLY TO THOSE SUBMISSIONS WHICH YOU, AS AN ACCOMPLISHED PROFESSIONAL IN BROADCAST NEWS, WOULD REGARD AS EXCELLENT WORK. WHERE NO ENTRY IN A GIVEN CATEGORY MEETS YOUR PROFESSIONAL STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE, RTNA ASKS THAT YOU MAKE NO AWARD IN THAT CATEGORY.
FURTHER, THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE TASK OF SIFTING THROUGH NUMEROUS ENTRIES IN A SHORT PERIOD CAN BE VERY TAXING, AND THUS THE TEMPTATION TO GIVE SHORT SHRIFT TO SOME ENTRIES CAN BECOME GREAT.PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE CONTINUED INTEGRITY OF THE GOLDEN MIKES THAT YOU GIVE EACH ENTRY YOUR THOUGHTFUL, THOROUGH CONSIDERATION, EXCEPT IN THOSE CASES WHERE A BRIEF GLANCE SATISFIES YOU THAT A GIVEN ENTRY IS CONSPICUOUSLY BENEATH YOUR STANDARDS.
WHEN CONSIDERING ‘DIVISION B’ ENTRIES, PLEASE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT IS CONSIDERED ‘ROUTINE”, ‘TYPICAL’, OR ‘ORDINARY’ COVERAGE FOR A ‘DIVISION A’ STATION MAY BE EXTRAORDINARY WORK GIVEN THE MORE LIMITED RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO A ‘DIVISION B’ STATION. HOWEVER, THIS CONSIDERATION DOES NOT DIMINISH THE 'STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE'."