A web-based tool that allows newsrooms to search transcripts of local government meetings is one of the winners of the 2022 PILOT Innovation Challenge.

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the recipients of its contest on Mar. 8, 2022.

“Minutes,” created by Michigan Radio, saves time on research and gives reporters the ability to create deeper, more relevant stories for audiences, NAB wrote in the announcement.

Also relevant to radio is Blueprint CRM from Townsquare Media, a customer relationship management platform for broadcasters. It is optimized for ease of use and has tools for prospecting, managing relationships and garnering insights.

“The vision for the Blueprint system is to combine the best technology with the unique insights and strategies developed over the past decade building the Townsquare Media business,” NAB wrote.

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The third winner is Spalk’s Virtual Sportscasting Studio, which NAB says allows for remote production of network-quality live sports programming. “Spalk will work with faculty and students at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to produce high-quality, remote commentary and play-by-play to broadcast live sporting events on their channels.

This allows local broadcasters to produce COVID-19 safe, low-cost, high-quality content which leads to expanded local sports coverage and new revenue opportunities.”

Winners will receive mentorship, feedback, travel support and exhibit space at the NAB Show.

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The judges gave honorable mentions to Teamium, a smart project resource management system for production teams, and TVadSync, a platform for broadcasters “to collect first-party ATSC 3.0 viewing data, analyze viewing behaviors and attribute advertising to business outcomes.”

The announcement was made by PILOT Executive Director John Clark.

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