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Official Rules

The Local Media Awards are designed to recognize the best local media strategies that support local journalism, from best practices in sales strategies to new business models. Emphasis in judging will be given to measurable results.

Entry is free. Nominations will be taken between September 23 and October 25.

Judges include industry experts with a broad range of knowledge of companies and areas:

Matt Cohen, Second Street Media                      Stephanie Roberts, Tapclicks

Katie Wilson, formerly Quad City Times              Steven Yaeger, Star Tribune

George Leith & Ches Hagen, Vendasta                Alisa Cromer, LocalMediaInsider

Matt Lindsay, Mather Economics                        Bill Ostendorf, Creative Circle Media

Gordon Borrell, Borrell Associates                      Amber Benson, Simpli-fi

In addition to self-entry, sponsors and judges will be asked to nominate companies based on their industry knowledge and will be ineligible to vote for their own companies. Each contest has its own criteria, however, 50% of most contest judging will be based on measurable results relative to market size. 

Winners will be decided by November 7. All attendees can attend LocalMediaInsider's Virtual Awards banquet on November 18, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT.

Legal terms of agreement

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants grant to LocalMediaInsider, the right to use and publish their proper name, title and company, online and in any other media, in connection with the contest. LocalMediaInsider reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. 

The contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyrighted with UPICKEM, and/or LocalMediaInsider. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its’ owner is strictly prohibited.

Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of any prize awarded.

UPICKEM and LocalMediaInsider are not responsible for internet crashes or slowdowns caused by network congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, phone line failures, electrical outages, natural disasters or acts of man or God.

All results posted are unofficial until winners respond to e-mail notification.

This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

LocalMediaInsider reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

You must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

This contest is officially sponsored by LocalMediaInsider.

Winners will be notified by email and phone by November 14. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days results may still be published, or an alternate winner selected.

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