Online Judging

Current Judging Needs

There are 44 panels open for judging from Chicago, Minneapolis and Texas.  Over 300 judges are needed!  Log into your membership dashboard to request a panel, or contact Bob Hammer at, text your name and panel selection to 440-503-2121.  NOTE: some panels have the same number for different subjects.  Indicate carefully or select directly from your dashboard.

Judges should have 2 years experience in the category being judged.

Chicago, Minneapolis and Texas (300 Judges Needed)
01 Overall Excellence
01A Newscast – Evening – Larger Markets (1-50)
02 News Excellence
02A Newscast – Morning – Larger Markets (1-50)
03 Community Service
03 Spot News
04A Investigative Report – Single Story
05C Newscast – Evening – Smaller Markets (61+)
06C Newscast – Morning/Daytime – Smaller Markets (61+)
07C Newscast – Weekend – Smaller Markets (61+)
08C Documentary – Topical
08C Documentary – Topical
09 Breaking News
10 Spot News
10 Program Correspondent/Narrator/Performer
12A Investigative Report – Single Story
12B Investigative Report – Series
12B Serious Feature News Report
13 Special Event Coverage – Live/Edited (other than News/Sports)
15A/15B Business/Consumer: Single Story/Series & Program
16A/16B Politics/Government – Single Story/Series & Program
18 Education/Schools
19 Health
19B Program Promotion (Non-News): Single Spot/Campaign
21B Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Program
21E Program Correspondent/Narrator/Performer
22 Graphics Arts/Animation/Art Direction/Set Design
26A Documentary – Cultural
26C Documentary – Topical
27 Informational/Instructional
27A Photography – News
30B Public/Current/Community Affairs – Program
31/34 Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports) & Branded Content
33A Lifestyle – Feature/Segment/Series
35A/35B Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot & Campaign
37A Commercial – Single Spot
37B Commercial – Campaign
39 Specialty Assignment Report – Program / Special / Feature / Segment
43D/43E Talent – Commentator/Editorialist/Performer/Narrator & Program Host/Moderator
44A Photographer – Program (Non-News)
53 Director
57D Talent – Reporter – Features / Human Interest
57F Talent – Reporter – Investigative
57H Talent – Reporter – Specialty Assignment
58C Photographer – News

For judging Codes & instructions, please contact Bob Hammer @


Emmy Express® Judging Instructions

There is a new way to access your panels and videos.

  1. Log into Click on Lower Great Lakes (4th one down)

  2. Enter your email address and password. Forgot your password? There’s a place to request it. Click I’M NOT A ROBOT.

  3. Fill out the Judging Information – you only have to do that one time and the info will be saved.

  4. Look on the dashboard, row 4 Judging.

    INVITATIONS – if you have been specifically invited to judge a panel, Accept or Decline. Accept is SLOW and could take 15 seconds to update. Clicking ACCEPT will email you further instructions, Clicking DECLINE will remove you from that panel. The Invite will stay until Accepted, Declined or Revoked when the panel is full.

    ACTIVE PANELS & STATUS – Where all your judging takes place. Panels ready for viewing are here. The actual judging process hasn’t changed.

    SEARCH AVAILABLE PANELS – List of all the active panel available for judging. Click to request to judge a particular panel.

    JUDGING HISTORY – A list of what you’ve judged recently.

    This is a new judging system. Any feedback is welcome, and can be submitted to Bob Hammer at