Honoring the Best of 2010 It’s contest time – get your entries in!

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

The Idaho Press Club’s “Best of 2010” awards contest honors the best work in print, broadcast, online and P.R. in Idaho in the past year – and you should enter. This year’s contest features an array of categories in which to compete, generous discounts for IPC members, entry fees held to last year’s level, and a chance at bragging rights, adulation from your peers and a boost for your resume. The deadline to enter is Jan. 20, and entries are now being accepted.

All the details are at our website, www.idahopressclub.org, and that’s also the place to start this year, as we have a new entry system, making slow strides toward our future goal of an all-online entry process. This year, start by filling out your individual entry form online at the website and submitting it. You will receive an email with the judging sheet; you’ll need to print out and attach that form to your actual entry. Next, fill out the Master Entry List, even if you are only entering one item. There you will have the option to pay online through PayPal or the old-fashioned way, by mailing in a check. Award entry fees are staying the same: $14 for IPC members, $27 for non-members, $8 for student members and $16 for student non-members.

If you pay through PayPal, you will be charged an additional $1 fee per entry to cover the PayPal costs. Again, you will receive an email with a copy of the Master Entry list. Print that out and include it with your entries, judging sheets and your check, if you didn’t pay online. To qualify for the contest, all entries must be postmarked by January 20, 2011 – but it’s definitely OK to send them in earlier!

You can review all the categories and rules on the awards section at www.idahopressclub.org. If you have any questions, contact our executive director, Martha Borchers, at (208) 389-2879 in Boise or email: email@idahopressclub.org

Remember, members get a big discount but you must pay your 2011 dues to qualify for the member price. You can pay for your membership online as well (click “JOIN” at the top of our website), or include a separate check with the members’ names and contact information with your entries. Our membership dues also hasn’t increased; it’s still a bargain at just $25 a year, or $10 for students.

The winners will be announced at the Idaho Press Club’s annual banquet on May 7, 2011. Be one of the “Best of 2010.” Enter by Jan. 20, 2011 and join us in May to honor Idaho’s outstanding journalists and P.R. professionals.

Joan Cartan-Hansen is a producer/reporter/writer/host  for Idaho Public Television, a former Idaho Press Club president, and the current Idaho Press Club treasurer.