A contest entry system for newspapers built by newspaper people



When the Illinois Press Association was looking at transitioning their editorial and advertising newspaper contest from manual to electronic, many of the systems they researched were lacking the features needed and most were cost-prohibitive. So they decided to create their own. Welcome to ACES, an affordable newspaper contest system built by newspaper people for the newspaper industry, with functionality and ease of entry and judging at the forefront.



"I have been putting the contest entries together for our paper for the last several years, and admit that I was a bit skeptical about the new online system. Once I started working with the Illinois Press Association's new online contest system, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. The uploading system made my job so much simpler. It saved me lots of time not having to cut around clips, but rather just upload PDF files of each entry, and made for a nicer presentation of the entries. I'm already looking forward to putting entries together for next year's contest."

Mary Herschelman
Editor, The Journal-News
Hillsboro, IL

“I uploaded the newspaper file information and the category/class information...that was way too easy!!”

Sandy DeBeer
Advertising Assistant
South Dakota Newspaper Association

Judging the IPA contest was easy and efficient. The system allowed me to spend time with each individual entry and to make notes and comparisons to make judging decisions.

Liz Allen, Public Editor
Erie, PA

The rating system was extremely helpful for first, second and third passes through the entries.

Kathryn Morton
Managing editor, design
Central Penn Business Journal

Everything about it was very intuitive and straightforward. I even went back and edited some of the info in my entries with no problems.
Good job!

Jill Arnold
Newsroom Systems Manager
The Advocate, Baton Rouge

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