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I am a freelance/individual member of AJPA but I do not see my name listed under Contestant Managers, what do I do?

We are a newspaper, how do we submit our affiliated magazine, special section or supplements?

How much does it cost to enter the Simon Rockower Awards?

 

When is the deadline to submit entries?

 

I am a current member of AJPA but I do not see my organization, publication, or subsidiary listed under Contestant Managers, what do I do?

 

I am not a current member of AJPA, how do I become eligible to submit entries to the Simon Rockower Awards?

 

How do I know if I am an AJPA member in good standing and eligible to enter the Simon Rockower Awards?

 

Are non-journalist AJPA members allowed to submit entries?

 

I am logged in to my Contestant Manager Account and trying to submit an entry, but none of the categories are appearing in the drop down menu, how do I select a category?

 

I am having trouble uploading my entries; can I just mail my entries in to AJPA Headquarters?

 

Once an entry is submitted, can I go back and make edits?

 

How do I update my Contestant Manager Account information (contact information, passwords, etc.)?

 

To download the competition packet for the 35th Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism please click here 


 

  1. I am a freelance/individual member of AJPA but I do not see my name listed under Contestant Managers, what do I do?

    Freelance and individual members of AJPA must create an Open Call Contestant account in order to enter the Rockower Awards. For instructions on how to create an Open Call Contestant account, please refer to pages 11-13of the competition packet. If you have already created an Open Call Contestant account, go to http://betternewspapercontest.com/open_contestants/login to log in.

  2. We are a newspaper, how do we submit our affiliated magazine, special section or supplements?

    Please contact Desirae Barquin at AJPA Headquarters to have a separate account created. If an affiliated magazine, special section or supplement is submitted incorrectly (under a newspaper account), the entry will be considered as a newspaper entry and will be disqualified. The entry fee will not be refunded.

  3. How much does it cost to enter the Simon Rockower Awards?

    The AJPA member cost of each entry is $25. Thus, if you submit a total of five entries, your entire payment would amount to $125. The cost for non-AJPA members to enter Category #22 (Award for Excellence in Blogging) is $50 per entry. To pay your submission dues online, please click here.

  4. When is the deadline to submit entries?

    All entries must be uploaded and completed by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017. Entries received after this date will not be eligible. Payment must also be received by FEBRUARY 10, 2017 for your submission to be eligible.

  5. I am a current member of AJPA but I do not see my organization, publication, or subsidiary listed under Contestant Managers, what do I do?

    Contact Desirae Barquin at AJPA Headquarters at (480) 403-4602.

  6. I am not a current member of AJPA, how do I become eligible to submit entries to the Simon Rockower Awards?

    In order to be eligible to submit entries for categories 1-21, you must become a member of AJPA. You can apply for membership through our website by clicking here or by contacting Desirae Barquin. Category #22, Award for Excellence in Blogging, is the only category open to non-AJPA members. The cost for non-AJPA members to enter is $50 per entry. To enter as a non-AJPA member, contact Desirae Barquin at (480) 403-4602.

  7. How do I know if I am an AJPA member in good standing and eligible to enter the Simon Rockower Awards?

    AJPA member publications, affiliate members, and individual members must be in good standing to be eligible. To check if your dues are up to date, e-mail Desirae Barquin.

    Good Standing is defined as:

    (1) The member's dues must be paid for the year in which the awards will be distributed (e.g., if the awards are distributed at the AJPA Annual Conference in 2017, the dues must be paid for 2017); and

    (2) The member's dues must be paid for all previous years in which the member was required to pay dues, unless there has been an action taken by AJPA to forgive or otherwise not collect such dues.

    If a member has not paid the dues described in (1) and (2) prior to February 10 of the year in which the awards will be distributed, then any entry submission from that member will be disqualified and ineligible to be considered for a Rockower Award in that year. In such instance, there will be no refund of all or any portion of the payment for the submission.

  8. Are non-journalist AJPA members allowed to submit entries?

    Affiliate members in good standing are eligible to submit entries in Category #11: Award for Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements, Category #14: Award for Excellence in Writing about Women, Category #18: The Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Illustrating and/or Editorial Cartooning, Category #19: Award for Excellence in Photography, Category #20: Award for Outstanding Digital Outreach, Category #21: Award for Excellence in a Multi-Media Story and Category #22: Award for Excellence in Blogging.

  9. I am logged in to my Contestant Manager Account and trying to submit an entry, but none of the categories are appearing in the drop down menu, how do I select a category?

    Once you have clicked on ‘Submit Entry’, there is a ‘Division’ drop down menu; please make sure ‘General’ is selected before you proceed to select a category to enter. 

  10. I am having trouble uploading my entries; can I just mail my entries in to AJPA Headquarters?

    AJPA Headquarters will only accept hard-copy entries for categories #11 and #17. For any other uploading issues, please contact Desirae Barquin. All hard-copy entries must be received by the deadline February 10, 2017.

  11. Once an entry is submitted, can I go back and make edits?

    Yes, to edit an entry already submitted please login to your account. Once logged in, you will see an ‘Entries’ table, listing all of your entries submitted. To edit an entry, click the ‘Edit’ link on the right side of the entry listing within the table. If the entry is no longer listed in your ‘Entries’ table, that means an administrator has approved your entry. Please contact MDesirae Barquin to make additional changes.

  12. How do I update my Contestant Manager Account information (contact information, passwords, etc.)?

    Go to www.betternewspapercontest.com/login to login to your Contestant Manager Account.

    If you participated in last year’s competition, please use the same password you created last year to login. If you forgot your password, simply click the ‘Forgot Password?’ link on the login page to reset.

    If you did not participate in last year’s competition, please login using the temporary password ‘bnc’ and click ‘Login’.

    Once you have logged in to your Contestant Manager Account, click the first link on the left side, ‘My Account’, to edit all account, password and contact information.

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