A VERY CLOSE FINISH in this poll, both positive answers. Of 43 total votes, 11 said “Absolutely! They let us know how well we’re doing.” There were 10 votes for “Yes. They help build newsroom morale when we win.” Together, those two categories totaled 49% of the votes.
The most negative response, “Not worth a flip. We hardly ever enter” received only 4 votes.
Interesting “other” responses were:
“I think it’s a great way for made-up institutions to create revenue for themselves.’
“Yes, but they’re a pain in the butt.”
“We appreciate feedback.”
“Not worth a flip, but management makes us enter anyway.”
“We rarely win anymore. When we do, it doesn’t boost company morale.”
So, despite the negatives, it’s safe to say the sentiment is pretty much for keeping those contests going.