IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START!
Many colleges integrate their contest entry selection process into their final projects for media production classes and enter in December. The annual 2019 JACC State Publication Contest is now live so submit your entries through the Better BNC contest website
The contest entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
Some important things to pay attention to:
PASSWORD ISSUES: If you encounter issues remembering your login and password, here’s a tip: the login to the BetterBNC site is by specific contest so some folks have two different logins and passwords, one for the state contest and one for regionals. If you try the login/PW combination you used for regionals and it does not work, try the one you used for state. If that fails, shoot me an email and I will look it up for you. Contact the BetterBNC support number (360) 427-6300 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific Time.
DOUBLE-CHECK: Don’t forget to double-check before you are finished entering that all your entries are attached. You can see whether files were successfully uploaded or linked by checking your Manage Entries page. Missing entries has been a continuing problem in state and regional contests for some colleges. If we have time we try to notify each of the impacted colleges, but since the deadline for state is at the beginning of the spring semester, there will be little downtime for us to function as a safety net, so you should plan enough time in your entry process to double-check your own entries before deadline to make sure everything is there. Read that — don’t wind up hugging deadline so closely that there is no time to check your manage entries page 😉
ENTRY PARTICULARS: Please remember that the contest entry site accepts writing entries as clips (cropped PDFs of the stories as they appeared in the print edition), or links to the stories in the online edition. Don’t submit Word or other similar document formats, or PDFs of Word documents. Photo entries are JPEGs with embedded captions and entrants are asked to reproduce the caption in the caption field in the online entry form. Pages are submitted as PDFs, and issues are submitted as links to the complete edition/s on Issuu or another similar platform, or to their online edition as appropriate. If you find you have entered something in the wrong format, simply delete and re-upload the entry. Please note: Schools with sites that use a subscription or registration model must provide judges easy access to their sites by providing a password that must be entered into the comments section of the BetterBNC entry. If judges cannot access entries, they can’t evaluate them.
CONTEST ENTRY FEE: The contest entry fee for both both the state and regional publication contests is $100 each and the Wild Apricot event site is live for member colleges to generate contest fee invoices . The contest entry fee deadline is also Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. New this year was the opportunity for JACC members to pay their contest fees as part of a membership bundle. Below is the list of colleges who prepaid contest fees and do not have to generate an contest fee invoice.