I’ve been all over Associated Content the last couple of days, nominating my favorite AC contributors and their best pieces of content for 2009 People’s Media Awards. I love that new blue “Nominate” button. It’s so convenient! There’s no need to visit the forum, no need to make your nominations public. That means you can nominate every single piece of content you’ve produced this last year, and no one will ever know! I imagine that the AC staffers reviewing the nominations will see what you’ve been up to, but so what? How many times have they encouraged us to nominate ourselves for awards? Too many times!
I don’t know a single AC contributor who wouldn’t like to win a PMA. (By the way, when I type “PMA,” I immediately think of Puma-the tennis shoe, not the animal. Is that weird?) In case you didn’t read the message from AC, I’m here to help you help your favorite AC contributors. You’re probably not buying Christmas presents for your AC friends, so the least you can do is nominate them for PMA’s, right?
What is a People’s Media Award? Why should we bother nominating anyone? A PMA is nothing like a puma. It’s this cool annual award that AC gives out to the year’s best Contributors (Content Producers, Sources-whatever we’re being called at the time), sort of like an Associated Content Academy Award. If you win one, you’ll get money-$500 or $1500-and a “PMA” badge on your AC profile page. To see what a PMA badge looks like, check out Carol’s or Tim’s.
Will our PMA nominations be taken seriously? Well, I like to think so, but what do I know? Someone went to a lot of trouble, setting up the “Nominate” button. Isn’t it fun to imagine a sleep-deprived young man named AC Jimbob, sitting in a cramped cubicle in Denver, eagerly reviewing every single PMA nomination as it comes in, jotting down notes?
It’s easy to nominate your favorite AC Contributors for PMA’s! I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but just in case you’re confused (like I was, because, frankly, the original message from AC wasn’t real clear on this point), here’s what you need to do: To nominate an AC Contributor for one of the “Contributor of the Year” People’s Media Awards, simply go to that contributor’s profile page and click on the blue “Nominate” button in the top-left corner of your screen. You’ll see that the contributor’s web address is already filled out in the first box-very handy-so all you’ll have to do is select the category. There are five categories: Contributor of the Year, Community Spirit Award, News Contributor of the Year, Audio/Video Contributor of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. (I missed the “Rookie” cut-off by four days! Boo!)
Then, if you want, you can write a little message, praising the contributor’s work. Here’s an example of an appropriate comment to leave on the PMA nomination form: Maria Roth is my favorite Contributor on AC! She’s amazing! She totally deserves this award! Don’t forget to click “Submit” when you’re all done.
To nominate an article or other piece of content–slideshow, video, whatever–for “Content of the Year,” you’ll have to locate and pull up the content itself. I’ve noticed that if I’m not on Page 1 of the article when I click the “Nominate” button, the article’s web address won’t automatically show up in the first box on the nomination form. Then you can leave a personal message–This article is soooooooooooo awesome!–and click “Submit.” Easy!
If there’s a limit on the number of nominations we can submit, I haven’t reached it yet. I’ve nominated one or two Contributors for each of the Contributor of the Year awards, and at least 20 articles for Content of the Year.
Sure, it takes some time, hunting down all your favorite pieces of content from the last year, especially if you can’t remember the exact title, but it’s worth it. We all want to make sure the best AC contributors are recognized for their hard work. It would be a shame if gems like Allene’s outrageous meatloaf recipe or Linda’s hilarious article about online dating for seniors were overlooked.
What’s that? You’re dying to nominate one of my articles for “Content of the Year”? That’s so kind of you! My personal pick is “A Letter to My Daughter’s Cancer.” It really is an honor just to be nominated. Please share links to your favorite pieces of AC content from 2009 in the comments section below.
AC Jimbob is waiting to review your nominations!
To read the 2009 People’s Media Awards Official Rules, go here.
SOURCES: Message from AC, 2009 PMA Official Rules, AC Blog, personal experience