2022 State Publications Competition – Community College Journalism Association


The BetterBNC website for state publication contests is live and accepting contest entries. Click the button to connect; Once logged in, you must select either the 2022 JACC State Publishing Contest. You will also see a button to download a copy of the JACC Publishing Contest Rules and Criteria.

THIS YEAR’S DEADLINE: January 21, 9 p.m. PT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please see this message from the competition chair, Patrick Schmiedt:

“Hi JACC friends,

After a bit of a delay, the JACC 2022 State Publishing Competition is now open! The 2022 JACC State Publishing Contest is now live and the BetterBNC contest site is accepting entries at https://betternewspapercontest.com/login. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, January 21, 2022, 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you need help, let me know! (Editor’s note: See the listserv version of this post for Patrick’s email and cell phone.) Sometimes the response is quicker than you think, and I’d rather take a bunch of calls/emails and save you frustration.

Some important things to pay attention to:

FALL TIPS: The judges of the Fall 2021 Regional Publication Awards provided two important comments worth sharing. First – entries on BetterBNC allow a “candidate entry comment”. These areas should only be used to clarify anything that might make an entry confusing to a judge. This comment box should NOT be used to promote any particular student or award submission. Work should be self-sufficient. The judges have been instructed to disregard all “promotional” comments on the entries and report them to me so that I can speak with the individual advisers.

Second, the judges wanted me to let you know about the consistency in the “title” area of ​​the entries. The “title” box for BetterBNC should be your college ID number, followed by the category and entry number, for example for Citrus (my school), a title could look like this: 127-Sports Game Story -1. The title box should NOT say “The Owls Return to Beat the Mounties” (or whatever the actual story title is). This helps judges keep entries straight. The instructions for the entries describe this process, so if you follow them you should be good.

A few permanent things to keep in mind with BetterBNC and with entries in general:

TO LOG IN: From https://betternewspapercontest.com/login, use the menu on the left to choose “2022 JACC State Publication Competition”, then your school and password. Login to the BetterBNC site is by specific contest, so some people have two different IDs and passwords, one for the state contest and one for the regional ones. If you try the login/PW combo you used for regionals and it doesn’t work, try the one you used for the 2021 state. If that fails, email me and I’ll look it up for you. If you cannot reach me, contact the BetterBNC support number (360) 427-6300 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. BetterBNC works best on Google Chrome and Firefox for PC and Mac.

RECHECK: Don’t forget to double check before you finish typing this all your entries are attached. You can see if the files were successfully uploaded or linked by checking your Manage Entries page. I’ll try to catch what I can, but your help and vigilance is appreciated. Also, if you plan to update your website over the winter holidays, it may be best to submit your contest entries as PDF files rather than links.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The eligibility period for this contest is from January 1 to December 31, 2021, all calendar year. The contest entry site accepts written entries in the form of clips (cropped PDF files of the stories as they appeared in the print edition) or links to the stories in the online edition. Do not submit Word or other similar document formats, or PDFs of Word documents. Photos submitted are in JPEG format with embedded captions and entrants are requested to reproduce the caption in the caption field of the online entry form. Pages are submitted in PDF format and issues are submitted as links to the full edition(s) on Issuu or another similar platform, or to their online edition, if available. Isolated page entries can also be entered this way. If you find that you entered something in the wrong format, simply delete and re-upload the entry. Schools whose sites use a subscription or registration model for their sites must provide judges with easy access to their sites by providing a password entered in the comments section of the BetterBNC entry. Be sure to link to the specific issues entered. If judges can’t access entries or know what issues are being entered, they can’t evaluate them.

PANDEMIC AND GE LOGS: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are extending our temporary amendment to the Newspaper General Excellence Contest rules. The usual rule requires a minimum of eight (8) numbers printed during the eligibility period to enter this category. It was temporarily reduced to 8 to 3 issues printed and/or displayed on Issuu or a platform similar to that of printed newspapers, the number of issues required to participate. Note that printed issues do not need to have been distributed in print this year to enter the contest. They may have been distributed electronically. But they must have been designed as broadsheet or tabloid print products, as opposed to an online news site. Be sure to provide links to three issues for the printed GE entry, as this contest requires a full set of three issues.

CONTEST ENTRY FEES: The contest entry fee for state and regional publication contests is $100 each, and the Wild Apricot event site is live for member colleges to generate contest fee invoices: http://jaocc.wildapricot.org/. The competition entry fee deadline is also Friday, January 21, 2022. This deadline can be met by creating a contest fee invoice in Wild Apricot even if it takes longer for your business office to process the payment. If you are one of the JACC member colleges that has chosen to prepay the competition entry fee as part of a membership package ($500 membership fee plus $200 for national and regional competitions of 2022), you do not need to generate a registration fee invoice. If you are unsure whether you have opted for the paid plan or standard subscription, you can check your account in Wild Apricot or contact Joe Wirt at CNPA, who manages our organization ([email protected]).

JUDGES: One of the responsibilities of participants in JACC competitions is to help provide judges to evaluate entries. Thanks to all of you, we have created a list of judges that have been suggested over the past few years that we have been working with, but we would like to add to this list as not everyone can continue to judge our contests twice a year. , and some contact information is out of date. So if you have any suggestions for new judges, we would greatly appreciate it. Most categories only require a few hours of assessment time. But the General Excellence categories require a bit more as we ask GE judges to complete evaluation forms to grade posts against specific criteria, so if you know anyone who would be willing to judge GE, that would be brilliant. Please send the name and contact information of a person you have confirmed would like to help judge, and the broad category(ies) they would like to judge ([email protected]) as soon as possible. We prefer working journalism professionals and those who have just retired. Former JACC alumni who are now working in the field are still doing great work, as are retired journalism professors who are no longer tied to a JACC journalism program.

We hope to see you at our Spring Conference, hosted in partnership with the West Coast ACP Spring Convention. At this point, the convention is still scheduled for March 3-5, 2022, in person in Long Beach.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have any issues entering the contest, and thank you again for your patience as we worked to get the contest live. Take care and have a happy and healthy winter break!

patrick schmidt
JACC Secretary-Treasurer
Contest Coordinator

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