As scholastic contests begin the move to the online environment, important considerations emerge such as adopting best practices to standardize rules, processes, and judging, while ensuring flexibility for contest administrators and wide acceptance by contestants and judges.
As the maker of an online platform for journalism and media competitions, BetterBNC has successfully brought industry standardization to professional state associations, the Associated Press, many SPJ chapters, and a host of specialty print and broadcast trade associations. BetterBNC is the preferred platform for a growing number of scholastic contests as well (among them the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, Colorado High School Press Association and the Florida Scholastic Press Association) and has now committed to building a contest platform specifically for scholastic awards programs. The main benefits of the new platform are: produced for the specific needs of scholastic contests, sliding-scale pricing, and industry uniformity for contestants and judges.
If you would like to share the features that are important to your contest, you can participate in an online survey (available here). You can also contact BetterBNC to schedule a demo allowing you to see how the platform works.