NJCL Website Contest

The NJCL Website Contest consists of two categories: local chapter web sites and state/provincial chapter web sites. Deadlines and judging criteria differ between state/provincial and local sites; the criteria are detailed below.

To aid in assessing the dynamic nature of the entries, sites may be evaluated multiple times during the judging period using the latest available versions of any of the following: Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11, the latest version of Safari on iOS, the latest versions of Google Chrome on Mac OS X and Windows, and the latest version of Mozilla Firefox on Mac OS X and Windows. Webmasters should carefully consider the impact of incorporating browser-specific functionality into their sites.

Due to the nature of digital materials, it is easy to unintentionally commit copyright infringement. If the judges discover copyrighted materials reproduced without permission, that site will be disqualified from the competition. If you have received permission to use such materials, contact the NJCL Communications Coordinator for instructions on where to send the written permission of the copyright holder.

Website Contest Rules

How to enter the State/Provincial and Local Chapter Site Contest: Entries for this contest will be accepted from September, 2017, until April 1, 2018. To enter, fill out THIS FORM as soon as your site is ready.

For ALL subsequent submissions, please use THIS FORM (returning submissions only!). You will only need to use the 1st Google Form for your first time submitting currency points.

This contest is open to the official sites of chapters in good standing; therefore, each chapter is held to at most one entry. Websites must have been developed by JCL member(s) in good standing; however, sites may contain materials developed by previous webmasters.

There are two discrete areas in which state and local sites will be judged:

  1. Currency of information. To keep members informed and engaged, a web site should be frequently updated to cover recent events and provide information on upcoming activities. Each entry to the contest will be eligible to earn five (5) points per month for the months of September through March for a total of 35 points. Currency points for the month of September, for example, will be accepted from September 1 until October 1, at 11:59 PM EST. There is an extra 5 points for updating every month.

    A webmaster may enter the Website Contest without entering currency updates. However, if a webmaster DOES wish to earn currency points, Please fill out the appropriate Google Form linked above. This form submission should include a list of links or other descriptions pointing to the areas of the site that have been updated or added during the previous month.

  2. Site design and execution. The second facet of judging will take place during the months of April and May and will involve an in-depth examination of the site against various judging criteria as provided in the rubric below.

Website Contest Rubric 2017-18

Detailed Coverage of Chapter Activities Points

Detailed Description of Chapter Events/Activities: All events should be well documented, providing clear information on chapter activities.

  • 0-10 points: nothing to limited
  • 10-20 points: sufficient
  • 20-30 points: detailed

30

Relevant Photos: Photos should be indicative of specific chapter activities. Captions/descriptions are highly recommended for clarity, but each photo does not have to be captioned. A general caption for an entire set of photos is acceptable. For local scrapbooks, there should be no last names for students.

  • 0 points: no photos
  • 5-15 points: website primarily has irrelevant or non-contextualized photos
  • 15-20 points: chapter activities are accurately represented in captioned photos

20

Total Points

50

Content Points

Event Information: Dates and details for events should be available either through calendar or event listings.

  • 0-5 points: calendar/event list is available, but not necessarily detailed nor updated
  • 5-10 points: calendar/event list is detailed and updated

10

Chapter Forms & Information: Forms (membership, event, etc.) and other information encouraging participation in chapter activities should be readily visible.

10

Social Media: This should include useful links to the chapter’s external social media pages.

5

External Resources: This should include related external JCL and classical sites.

5

Spelling, Grammar, and Quality of Writing. Spelling and grammar errors should be minimal. All content on the website should be written in a professional manner.

  • 0-5 points: several spelling/grammatical errors
  • 5-10 points: minimal spelling/grammatical errors and professionally written content

10

State Officer Information: No one will be penalized if student names do not appear on local websites, but they should be on state websites. Both groups should include creative officer profiles.

  • 0-5 points: basic officer information (local: list of office titles and responsibilities)
  • 5-10 points: creative officer profiles (local: may use titles or first names only)

10

Minutes: Minutes should be easily available on the website.

  • 0-5 points: some minutes posted and comprehensible
  • 5-10 points: most minutes posted and comprehensible

10

Archives: States may include information on past officers, convention sites and dates, newsletters, exams, contests, photos, etc. Local chapters may include officer titles, events run or attended, newsletters, community service days, photos, etc.

10

Total Points

70

Design Points

Design Aesthetics: The design uses a combination of formatting, color scheme, and fonts to make the website visually pleasing but not distracting.

  • 0-5 points: basic template/layout with little variation
  • 5-10: uses creative design concepts beyond a basic template

30

Effectiveness of Design: All information on the website should be organized effectively and be easy to access.

  • 0-5 points: access/navigation of content is very difficult
  • 5-10 points: information is accessible, although may not be organized effectively
  • 10-15 points: information is readily available and organized in an intuitive fashion

20

Consistency of Design: The entire website follows a similar design pattern.

5

Total Points

30

Detailed Coverage of Chapter Activities Points

Feature Functionality: The website should not contain significant broken links or coding errors.

  • 0-5 points: severely inhibiting broken links/coding errors
  • 5-10 points: minimal issues with broken links/coding errors

10

Responsive Design: The website automatically resizes itself despite changes in the size of the browser’s window.

5

Resolution Independence: The website remains at a quality resolution regardless of zooming in or out (to a reasonable extent).

5

Mobile Compatibility: The website is easily accessible and navigable online. Being on a mobile device should not be a hindrance to being able to use the website.

10

Page Seamlessness: All content loads quickly, and pages do not lag as a result of coding malfunctions or design errors.

10

Total Points

40

Points received according to the chart above and monthly points awarded for 'currency of information' will be added to determine final placement of the entries.

Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to the NJCL Communications Coordinator.