Please contact AJPA headquarters at 480-403-4602 with any questions regarding the competition. We do not recommend contacting BetterBNC directly.
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 13-15 of the competition packet. If you have already created an Open Call Contestant account, go to http://betternewspapercontest.com/open_contestants/login to log in.
We are a newspaper, how do we submit our affiliated magazine, special section or supplements?
Please contact Destiny Northington 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. If all entries compete in the same division, an additional account is not needed for that category.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.When is the deadline to submit entries?
All entries must be uploaded and completed by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020. Entries received after this date will not be eligible. Payment must also be received by FEBRUARY 7, 2020 for your submission to be eligible.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 Destiny Northington at AJPA Headquarters at email@example.com, or (480) 403-4602.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, you must become a member of AJPA. You can apply for membership through our website at https://ajpa.org/Become-a-Member or contact Destiny Northington at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com.
Good Standing is defined as:
(1) The member's dues must be paid through May 1 in the year which the awards will be distributed (e.g., if the awards are distributed at the AJPA Annual Conference in 2020, the membership expiration date must be on or after May 1, 2020); 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 7 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.
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?
Affiliate members in good standing are eligible to submit entries in Category #12: Award for Excellence in Special Sections or Supplements, Category #19: Award for Excellence in Photography, Category #20: Award for Outstanding Digital Outreach, Category #21: Award for Excellence in a Multi-Media Story, Category #30: Award for General Excellence - Best Website, Category #31: Award for Excellence in Creation of an Advertisement and Category #32: Award for Excellence in Creation of Marketing Material.
I am having trouble uploading my entries; can I just mail my entries in to AJPA Headquarters?
Once you have clicked on ‘Submit Entry’, there is a ‘Division’ dropdown menu; please make sure ‘General’ is selected before you proceed to select a category to enter.
AJPA Headquarters will only accept hard-copy entries for categories #12, #18, #27, #28 and #29. For any other uploading issues, please contact Destiny Northington at firstname.lastname@example.org. All hard-copy entries must be received by the deadline February 7, 2020.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, please contact Destiny Northington at email@example.com.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, simplyclick 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.Can I submit Q&A pieces?
Unless specifically prohibited, you may enter questions and answer pieces. However, it is recommended that the Q&A is accompanied by a strong introductory text to compliment it.