Welcome to NNA's 2017 Better Newspaper Contest

NNA 2017 newspaper contest winners announced

Judging results have been processed and winners of the National Newspaper Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted below.

Winners will be recognized at the awards breakfast to be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, during NNA’s 131st Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa in Tulsa, OK. Visit NNA’s events webpage to register online for the convention go to: www.nnaweb.org/convention.

There were 1,433 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 221 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,654 entries. A total of 475 awards were won by 117 member newspapers in 33 states.

California had the most combined BNC/BNAC wins with 56, followed by Wyoming with 48 and Texas and Iowa tying at 47.

Lists of winners by categories and by newspaper are available below on this page. Places won in General Excellence categories will be announced at the awards breakfast.

Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers, as well as retired university journalism professors and retired or former newspaper professionals.

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association is the voice of America’s community newspapers and is the one of the largest newspaper associations in the country.


 

Winners from NNA’s 2017 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest

2017 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

2017 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

2017 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Category
For a list of winners, click here.

2017 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest by Newspaper
For a list of winners, click here.

2017 General Excellence Winners
For a list of winners only (no places), click here

2017 General Excellence Winners
A list of the General Excellence winners with places is available here.

Contest Winner Logos, click here.

 

A PDF of the Better Newspaper Contest Supplement is available 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.


 

 

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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