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How are members of the Publications Committee going to 

process and score all the electronic newsletters they get?

Stare at a screen, and mark them up on a screen?

Or print out hundreds of pages every month?

 

In the past, electronic versions were specifically eschewed

to save the scorers the difficulty of the steps above.

I've always found it much easier to mark things up on paper.

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John,

 

This was adopted to make it easier and cheaper on the newsletter editors. I think that some editors will still prefer to mail printed copies rather than uploading their newsletters to a website. Hopefully plenty choose to do that. I am aware that at least one other evaluator and I have signed up to score mailed copies. I personally think that it is nice for the newsletter editors but will be very difficult or very costly for evaluators to score electronic newsletters. If I was going to do any electronic ones, I would have to print them out. There is no feasible way that I can see that I would be able to effectively score them on a screen. My system previously was to score printed newsletters with a pen and paper and then do the data entry to transfer the scores to the spreadsheet. Last year's regions that I evaluated are still mailing newsletters to me.  I have a large stack of newsletters that I have received in the mail waiting for a scoresheet so I can evaluate them.   

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2 hours ago, MCHinson said:

...My system previously was to score printed newsletters with a pen and paper and then do the data entry to transfer the scores to the spreadsheet. ...

 

I did it that way too, checking off or circling various articles

on the newsletter page as I went through the NAAP scoresheet.

 

Someone in the national office (Patty B.?) told me that there

are only about a dozen editors submitting paper copies, at least

as of a couple of weeks ago.  The rest are choosing e-mail.

Let's hope your printer is robust! 

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Actually, printing an electronic newsletter on home-printer

paper will, I think, conceal some of the good qualities that 

some AACA newsletters have.  It may not affect the scoring,

except maybe subtly, inadvertently in the category of photo quality.

Some newsletters are on thick high-quality glossy paper and deserve

to be seen and appreciated in vibrant color and in all their glory.

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