SmallTownPapers Releases New Version of Contest Platform

Top Quote Latest version of journalism contest platform enhances contest experience for journalists, news managers and contest administrators. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2012 - SmallTownPapers, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of its intensely popular journalism contest platform, BetterBNC. With new tools to customize a contest, version 4.3 can significantly expand the number of journalism contest participants. New features include allowing a contest to accept freelance entries and an online scrapbook so contestants can save and quickly retrieve entries for future contests.

    "Our entire process is user-driven with new features proposed by contestants, judges, and contest administrators who provide feedback on ways the platform could be improved for them," said Paul Jeffko, president of SmallTownPapers. "We are excited about the direction of these latest features which not only enhance the platform itself but make it possible for a contest to engage more people."

    Contestant Scrapbooks
    Contestants have indicated that they often find themselves scrambling before a contest deadline to locate a piece they've done which would be an appropriate entry. The new scrapbooking feature allows contestants to save their work in their own scrapbook account then simply upload it directly into an entry when the time is right.

    Contestant Manager
    With Contestant Manager, an organization's senior managers and editors control who and what entries are made for a contest. They have the ability to manage entries themselves, assign someone else to manage the process or authorize employees to create entries for their respective departments.

    Open Call for Entries
    Contest administrators can use the Open Call feature to invite unaffiliated journalists to enter their contests. Freelancers and contestants who enter on their own behalf rather than through a media organization can create their own account with BetterBNC, then enter an Open Call contest. With the ability to expand a contest beyond a membership group or to different levels of participants, contest administrators can also create up to four independent entry fee structures for a single contest.

    BetterBNC continues to provide contest administrators with new features and improvements - building upon its totally integrated contest management experience. Since it was launched in 2007, BetterBNC has helped more than 100 organizations move their journalism contests, once managed manually using physical tear sheets, to an online platform with easy management, entry uploads and online judging. The result has been a more efficient and easy process for all involved with the added benefit of giving more creative professionals a new venue for promoting their work.

    "I haven't entered many journalism contests in the past because you have to work for a newspaper or magazine to qualify for many of them," said Seattle-based freelance magazine writer David Hanson who just completed a book project, Breaking Through Concrete, which documents 12 urban farms across the country. "Having one place where I can have an account and see contests my work qualifies for is really great. Putting my work in front of new audiences across the country is a great way to market myself as a writer and identify organizations I'd like to work with in the future."

    BetterBNC 4.3 is now available. For more information, visit or contact Carter Cheston at carter ( @ ) smalltownpapers dot com or call 360.427.6300.

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