Welcome to NNA's 2017 Better Newspaper Contest

2017 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest are open

The contests have launched early for your convenience! Use the database to store all your winning entries, and make the final decision later on. All entries can be edited or deleted.

To get started, visit http://www.newspapercontest.com/Contests/NationalNewspaperAssociation.aspx and register using the association code, NNA17. Please note: You must register every year. Login information created last year will no longer allow you to access to the contest database. 

As you start to submit entries, you will notice in several categories, the Daily Division and the Non-Daily Division were divided into two circulation requirements to help make these contests more competitive for weekly and daily newspapers. You will also notice the addition of two social media newspaper categories (listed below).

1. Social Media Journalism Best Use of Social Media (Up to three entries per paper). Submissions should demonstrate excellence, efficiency, and innovation in social media use by newspapers.
Entries may include examples of crowd sourcing; community engagement via sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, video and photo sharing sites, etc.; and other innovative uses of social media.

2. Video Journalism
A journalistic video shot and edited speci´Čücally for the web. An entry in this category may be, but is not limit-ed to, any of the following: News, news feature, feature, sports news or sports feature. A play by-play game story may not be entered in this category.

All of the contests categories and rules are listed on both of the contest websites.

Remember, the Early Bird Incentive Deadline Entries must be submitted online before 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2017. BNEC and BNAC entries must be submitted online before 11:59 p.m., April 17, 2017. The NAE contest deadline is July 10, 2017.


 

Winners from NNA’s 2016 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest

2016 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

2016 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

2016 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

2016 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

2016 General Excellence Winners by Newspaper
For a list of winners only (no places), click here

General Excellence Winners by Category
For a list of the General Excellence winners by division, click here.

 

To download a copy of the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest supplement, click here.

 

Contest Winner Logos, click below.

 

Many state associations have better newspaper contests to recognize the outstanding work by the newspapers in their states. The National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest are the only national competitions recognizing the best in community journalism.


 

 

Winners from NNA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest

Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

General Excellence Winners by Newspaper
For a list of winners only (no places), click here

General Excellence Winners by Category
For a list of winners and judges comments, click here.

Download a copy of the BNEC, BNAC & NAE supplement here.

Contest Winner Logos, click here.

 

Many state associations have better newspaper contests to recognize the outstanding work by the newspapers in their states. The National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest are the only national competitions recognizing the best in community journalism.

Last year’s contest (2015) received 1,696 entries. Of these, 521 were selected as winners. To see more about these winners scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

 

What is NNA’s BNEC/BNAC?

Each year, NNA honors the best in community journalism in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and the best in community newspaper advertising in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. The BNEC and BNAC, together, make up the association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Entries are accepted during the contest entry period, which occurs annually from Jan. 1 through April 14. All entries must be submitted online by April 14 of the current contest year. Participation is limited to NNA member newspapers in good standing a the time of the Awards Ceremony, which is held during NNA’s annual convention.

There is a contest fee of $20 for each entry in each category. Entries from NNA member newspapers must be published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year prior to the contest year to be eligible, with the exception of website categories, which are judged in place. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted to the contest or in any one category.

 

Contest Rules

To download a copy of the BNEC and BNAC rules, click here.


 

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