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2002 AITP Newsletter Contest Results

Thursday, June 5, 2003   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Gilfand

The following is a list of winners from the 2002 AITP Newsletter contest. Winners are divided by submission category.

Category A: No submissions

Category B: No submissions

Category C: Winner:
North-Central Florida Chapter (298)
Editor: Sharon Miller

Category D: No submissions

Category E: Winner:
Pittsburgh Chapter (43)
Editor: Denise Patrizio

Category F: Winner:
Windy City Chapter (147)
Editor: Richard Barnier

Runner Up:
Twin City Chapter (215)
Editor: Marko E. Johnson

Newsletter Contest Category Explanations

Category A - Any chapter that has been classed A for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

Category B - Any chapter that has been classed B for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

Category C - Any chapter that has been classed C for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

Category D - Any chapter that has been classed D for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

Category E - Any chapter that has been classed E for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

Category F - Any chapter that has been classed F for the AMA as of January 1 of the Award Year.

There are six groups of chapters. The first consists of the 20 largest chapters; all other chapters are then divided evenly into the five other groups. Chapter size is based on Association records of total active members as of the previous December 31.

Congratulations to all of the 2002 AITP Newsletter Contest Winners!


The AITP Newsletter Contest is conducted solely for the purpose of rewarding chapters for informative, timely and professional communications to its members by publishing outstanding newsletters.

One of the most important communication links of any AITP chapter with its members is its newsletter. As chapters that produce quality newsletters usually have very responsive and active members, AITP will continue to support the annual AITP Newsletter Contest.


AITP Newsletter Contest Awards are presented based on the following terms:

  • All newsletters must have been produced within the calendar year.
  • Chapters submit two issues for judging. The chapter determines its best month's issue to submit. The Awards committee, in a random selection, determines the month of the second issue to submit.
  • Prizes are awarded in each membership category, so that small chapters are not in direct competition with the very large chapters.
  • The newsletter editor of the first place winner, in each membership category, receives a plaque.
  • The chapter of the runner-up winner, in each membership category, receives a plaque.


Content of chapter newsletters are judged on the quality of communication to members in the following instances: new member profiles, movement of members, board of director meeting summaries, editorials by members, meeting notices, member spotlights, and chapter education announcements.

- Coverage of Region news:
Announcements of events and activities within the Region and promotion of the Region conference.

- Coverage of Association news
This includes: announcing new award or education programs; advertising and promoting the Association, Region and Collegiate conferences; reporting on board activities; and publishing the appropriate application for membership.

- Layout of the newsletter
The judges ask: Does the newsletter convey a message of what is happening in all of AITP? Is the information presented in a logical manner, weighted in importance, have consistent placement from issue to issue so the reader can gain greater familiarity with the newsletter? Is the newsletter inviting to read?

- General appearance
The judges look for neatness, professional appearance, pictures, quality of printing - legibility/readability, etc. The judges also look for promotion of good taste and professionalism in the use of photographs, cartoons and other fillers.

- Editorial quality
The newsletters are judged on: good spelling, punctuation, proper grammar and a reasonable lack of typographical errors.

Complete rules and criteria can be found in the Association Awards manual, available for download at

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