today’s publishing world there are now many different types of
formats for submission of a newsletter to be entered in the Ohio
Section Newsletter Contest (paper, electronic text, pdf, desktop
publishing and html, to name a few). Each one of these different
formats has its own unique positives and negatives, and as such are
not part of the judging / scoring of the contest. Section C of the
rules breaks down how the newsletter will be judged / scored without
any bias toward any particular type of publishing format.
Here are the rules for the 2018 entries:
A.) An eligible newsletter must be regularly published at least four
(4) times per year by an Ohio Amateur Radio organization. The Ohio
Section Journal and the newsletter for any club that the current PIC
is affiliated with are not eligible.
B.) Each organization
submitting a newsletter for the contest must enter at least two (2)
issues starting with January 2017 for judging. All Amateur
organizations that have regularly been sending newsletters to the
Ohio PIC are automatically entered (as long as these publications
qualify under rule A, or C if applicable). Unless you are
automatically entered, the deadline for entries is Saturday, June
30, 2018, and all entries must be in the hands of the Ohio PIC by
C.) Electronic (Web based) produced newsletters
may also enter. Non-amateurs, in the Public Relations industry will
do the judging. They will be judging on style (15%), content (35%),
service to membership (35%), and clarity of presentation (15%).
Style means newsletter design of all pages. Content means amount of
useful information contained in the newsletter. Service to members
means amount of information using individual members' names. Clarity
of presentation means readability of the newsletter including
accuracy of English grammar.
D.) No entries can be returned
and all decisions of the judges on content and eligibility are
final. The Ohio PIC only serves to certify entries, to provide the
judges with entries, and to announce their decisions only.
E.) The decision of the judges is final.
Like previous years,
we are keeping our Honorable Mention categories. It allows the
judges to award special and unique efforts.
You can send your
January 2018 newsletter in late December, if that's when you usually
Our judges for the past three years are again
on-board for 2018. They are all seasoned journalists and public
relations professionals. They have been in the trenches and
understand the work it takes to turn out a newsletter every month.
And, they have been impressed every year with the effort that every
club makes and the tremendous evolution we have made as amateur
radio operators and communicators.
So, crank up the presses
and send me your 2018 newsletters. Good luck, and remember, everyone
is a winner!