Contest Summaries

Hi Fellow Advisers,

What a DAY! Note to self: Do not wait until the LAST MINUTE to FIND your KCM entries. It makes for a rather un-fun kind of day.

OK, please review this carefully IF you submitted entries. I sent personal emails to a few of you requesting additional items.


  1. If you did not send me an entry audit, please note the attached file.


These are the schools I HAVE entry audits from, but a few of these do need to email me PDFs or URLs (see No. 2). I sent individual messages to those advisers.

Butler (all),

Emporia newspaper,

Hutchinson (all),


Kansas State (YB),

Pittsburg (all),

Seward (all),

Southwestern (all),

University of Kansas (newspaper)

Washburn University (all)

Wichita State University (newspaper)


  1. If you are submitting OVERALL categories for newspaper or magazine, I did need to change that process.


The online system did not work as I had hoped/envisioned for the overall entries. If your school does not publish the pdfs of your magazine and newspaper online somewhere, then I need those PDFs emailed to me. If I download them from the site, it converts them to jpg files, which is not good for the newspaper entries. Smarter Entry is not set up to handle the input the overall category needs, so I have that set up digitally through Google. I apologize about the extra step.


If you DO have them online, then I just need the links. For example, Washburn publishes both of our magazines and newspaper PDFs online for free through


Again, I am sorry for the additional step. I have about six other schools I will need this from, so I think an extension through the weekend is appropriate.



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KCM’s new Paypal account

Greetings, everyone!

Great news — You now can pay your membership balance and conference registration online! Kansas Collegiate Media now has a Paypal account: ​Though I know many of you have said your institution is unable to make online credit card/p-card payments and must instead pay via check, I hope this will make life just a little easier for the rest of you.

When making a payment for your institution, please make mention of what the payment is for in the ‘note’ section on Paypal.

Unless you’ve contacted Regina or me, you will still need to make your contest entry payment on itself.

As always, let me know if you have any questions as we continue our march forward into the digital world.

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2018 KCM membership form

Kansas Collegiate Media membership form 2017-18

Don’t forget to fill out your membership form for the current year (attached) and send your dues to Corbin at JCCC (his work address in the membership directory). You must be current on your membership dues in order to be eligible for the spring contest and JOY awards.

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Journalists of Year

Max McCoy has graciously agreed to coordinate the 2018 contest. Full information here.

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Entry clarification

contest_clarificationUnless otherwise indicated by a specific category, all entries for the 2018 KCM conference should be published between Feb. 8, 2017 and Feb. 8, 2018. I will try to update any contrary information.

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Contest Open!


Welcome to 2018! We are excited to announce that the KCM contest is now accepting your student entries. A lot of things have changed, and we would like to encourage


everyone to review the attached document carefully regarding new categories and policies. I urge you to create an account on Smarter Entry and begin submitting as early as possible before the submissions close Feb. 8, 2018.

Schools can create contest accounts per publication or per adviser. We are using Smarter Entry as our vendor, which requires you to pay online for your entries first, and then you upload the files to go with the entries you have purchased.


The good news is that you can go back and make any necessary changes on your submissions until the deadline. You need to make sure single entries that consist of multiple pages are saved as one single PDF file. Each file you upload counts as ONE entry and is charged accordingly. See the attached documentation for full category listings and more detailed instructions, etc. Please note the “2018_Entry_Audits.doc” file lists every contest category and division available this year. Each school needs to complete this and email it back to me.


The website:

The Cost: $5 per individual entry and $15 for the overall category. Schools who submit 10 or more entries will receive a 10 percent discount on conference registration.


Following this year’s contest, we will need everyone’s help to provide constructive feedback for next year’s contest. Advisers will be invited to the fall retreat, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, to discuss any proposed changes. All proposed changes need to be submitted in writing by July 1, 2018, to an officer in KCM. These will be compiled over the summer and made available for further input by all members before the fall retreat. You can share your ideas with me at any point.


At the 2017 fall retreat, it was established that the fall retreat will take place on the Saturday after the end of the state fair on odd years and on the Friday after the state fair ends on even years.

2018: Friday, Sept. 21

2019: Saturday, Sept. 21

2020: Friday, Sept. 25

2021: Saturday, Sept. 25

2022: Friday, Sept. 23

2023: Saturday, Sept. 23


Again, I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we move through this first year online together.









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2018 Contest Changes

Hi Fellow Advisers!

There will be some changes to the 2018 contest. The biggest change is that the majority of our contest has moved completely online. The vendor that we selected for the first year was the most cost-effective and allows schools to buy entries to the contest. In fact, you buy the entries online with a credit card, and then you proceed to upload them.

Because of this major change, we wanted to first make sure that all schools are able to use credit cards to make payments.


The site will generate an immediate receipt for your records. Because of our tight deadline, we need to hear from any schools who are unable to pay through credit card as quickly as possible so we can work to make other arrangements.

There will be other updates coming along in the next several days as we hope to open the contest January 8.

This was also sent out as an email. If you did not receive it, please email Regina to make sure she has your correct address.

I look forward to hearing from everyone soon.


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