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2010 Arkansas APME Contest Rules This year, entries to the Arkansas 2010 Managing Editors Contest will be submitted using a web-based program at www.betterbnc.com. Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact Becky Pellinger at (800) 715-7291, or bpellinger@ap.org. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. All entries must be submitted online by that deadline. The contest period is for work published from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010. 1.

Login: Go to www.betterbnc.com. Under “Are you a contestant?” click Login Here. Select the appropriate Contest. Select the appropriate News Organization. Enter your password. A temporary password is provided for the first login (bnc), then the system will prompt each member to create a secure password (one for each listed news organization). Click Login.

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Submit Entries: On the Manage Entries page, click Submit Entry (left side). Disregard the “Division” drop down menu. Your division was entered for you in your newspaper profile. Select the appropriate Category. Complete the Headline/Title field. Based on the type of entry, add content: o

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To upload digital files, click Choose File, navigate to the desired file, select Open, and click Upload. Allowed file types are PDF, DOC, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG. If more than one file upload is desired for this entry, repeat these steps. To add web/audio/video content, copy and paste the content’s web address into the provided Web URL field.

Click Next. Add Credits for those responsible for the entry content. Add Comments (if available), up to 100 words. Click Submit. The contest is for AP-member newspapers that received the Arkansas AP wire during the year. An item entered in one category may not also be entered in other categories, except for photographer's portfolio. The number of entries for each category is listed below. CIRCULATION DIVISIONS Competition is by circulation divisions. Division I is up to 8,000 daily circulation; Division II is 8,001 to 15,000; Division III is 15,001 and up. Newspapers from smaller divisions may compete in larger divisions, but those in larger divisions may not compete in smaller ones. A newspaper competing "up" must do so with ALL its entries.


FEES Each newspaper pays an overall contest fee -- $75 in Division I, $100 in Division II, $125 in Division III. The additional fee per entry is $5. Checks covering the contest and entry fees should be made payable to Arkansas APME and sent to 10810 Executive Center Drive, Suite 308, Little Rock, AR 72211-4377. All payments must be received by the end of business on Friday, Feb. 11, for a newspaper's entries to be judged. AWARDS DINNER Results will be announced at the annual state APME awards dinner on April 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 805 Amity Road, Conway. First-place winners will receive plaques; all other winners will be awarded certificates. Each winner in the category of Service to FOI also will receive $200. A sweepstakes winner also will be named in each division. JUDGES Judging will be done by working editors, reporters or photographers at AP member newspapers in another state that does not border Arkansas. Judges will be asked to identify winning entries by headline or photo title, and will be asked to comment on each selection. Judges have the discretion not to name a winner in any category. CATEGORIES 1. SPOT NEWS PHOTO _ Spot news photos (not sports). One photo is an entry, except that a series to show sequence may be one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 2. FEATURE PHOTO _ Photos that stand alone as feature photos or that accompany feature stories (not sports). One photo is one entry, except that a series to show sequence may be one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 3. SPOT SPORTS PHOTO _ Photos of sports event in action. One photo is one entry, except that a series to show a sequence may be one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 4. FEATURE SPORTS PHOTO _ Photos that stand alone as feature sports photo or that accompany sports stories. One photo is one entry, except that a series to show sequence may be one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. NOTE: In the photo categories above, a sequence is a continuous action in a single event, not a photo package or portfolio. 5. PHOTOGRAPHER'S PORTFOLIO _ Five photos by one photographer are an entry. The entry may contain photos on spot news, sports, features, illustrations and portraits, but must include at least one spot news and one feature photo. Up to two photos from the same shooting assignment may be a part of the entry, but each will count toward the total of five. Single photos entered in other categories may be entered as part of the portfolio. Limit three entries per newspaper. 6. SPOT NEWS STORY _ Any breaking news (not sports) that was not anticipated and was produced under deadline circumstances. One story is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 7. NEWS FEATURE _ Human interest, current events (not sports). One story is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 8. COLUMN-HARD NEWS _ Columns related to hard news, politics, op-ed, etc. (not sports). One column is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 9. COLUMN-LIFESTYLE, HUMAN INTEREST _ Humor, human interest, lifestyle (not sports). One column is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper.


10. NON-TRADITIONAL NEWS ITEM _ Any news item presented in a non-traditional style, through use of alternative story forms or other innovative techniques. Examples include, but are not limited to Q&As, checklists, odd-and-ends, timelines, "by the numbers" boxes, humor, etc. One item is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 11. EDITORIAL WRITING _ One editorial is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 12. SPORTS STORY _ May be spot sports, general sports, etc. One story is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 13. SPORTS FEATURE _ Sports human interest, current events, etc. One story is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 14. SPORTS COLUMN _ Columns related to sports. One column is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 15. HEADLINE WRITING _ One headline is one entry. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appropriateness, ability to interest. Entries must be attached to their stories. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 16. PAGE DESIGN _ Three pages from as many as three editions is one entry (dates of the entrant's own choosing). Page 1 is acceptable, but not required. Limit of one entry per newspaper. 17. NEWS COVERAGE _ Coverage of one event published in one issue, involving one or more stories and accompanying material. Include a full-page .pdf where more than one story about the event is used. Judging will be on reporting, writing, layout, photos, general success in handling the event. Limit of one entry per newspaper. 18. SPECIAL PROJECT-COMMUNITY SERVICE _ Investigative, interpretative, community service or other enterprise in a series, section, special package or single story. Related editorials may be included in the entry. Limit of two entries per newspaper. 19. GRAPHICS _ Maps, charts, or tables. Stories illustrated by graphics should be attached to the entry. Up to five items may be submitted as one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 20. HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS _ AIDS, Alzheimers immunizations, teen-pregnancy, government programs, health care insurance, or other health-related issues. One article is one entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 21. BEAT REPORTING _ Reporting on a specific beat, the tests being significance of the article, enterprise, resourcefulness, accuracy, writing skill and variety. An entry consists of two articles, but entrants may include up to four other articles to provide context and background. Clearly identify which two articles are the entry. Limit of three entries per newspaper. 22. EDUCATION REPORTING _ Reporting on schools, education trends, school performance and other topics pertaining to education, the tests being initiative, the quality of research, significance and skill in relating the story. One article is one entry. Limit three entries per newspaper. 23. BUSINESS REPORTING _ Reporting on developments and trends in business and industry. Judging will be on reporting, resourcefulness, enterprise, accuracy and writing skill. One article is one entry. Limit three entries per newspaper. 24. POLITICAL REPORTING _ Coverage of politics, elections, campaigns and/or issues so as to generate voter insight. One article is one entry. Limit three entries per newspaper. 25. WEBSITE _ Judging will be on the basis of a newspaper website's content, presentation, usefulness and overall visitor experience. A link to the paper's active URL must be provided and will be visited by the judges at undisclosed times during the judging period. Any additional supporting materials are welcome and will be considered by the judges. Mobile apps/portals are excluded. 26. SERVICE TO FOI _ Any original material story, column, photo, editorial, cartoon, graphic may be submitted, along with any brief (limit 100 words) written explanation that judges may need to understand the context in which the material was developed, the issue that had arisen, etc. One item is one entry. Limit three entries per newspaper.


27. GENERAL EXCELLENCE _ Judging will be on the basis of story content, writing quality, display, photos, graphics, color, headlines, and other journalistic characteristics. Three editions must be submitted, one to be selected by the entrant, the others to be the editions of April 23 and Sept. 15. An active URL where the entry editions can be viewed by judges must be provided, either through a free service like www.issuu.com or links within a paper's own e-edition archives to each of the three entry editions. SWEEPSTAKES A "Sweepstakes" or overall winner will be declared in each division based on total points accumulated in this scoring system: In general excellence: 15 points for first, 10 for second, 5 for third. In all other categories: 5 for first, 3 for second, 1 for third.


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