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Congratulations to the 2011 NYPA Better Newspaper Contest Winners!!!

Friday lunch winners include the following categories
(click here to view the winning entries):

Coverage of Local Government
Coverage of Education
Coverage of Business, Financial, & Economic News
Coverage of The Arts
Coverage of The Environment
Coverage of Health, Health Care & Science
Coverage of Crime/ Police/ Courts
Coverage of Election/ Politics
Best Obituaries
Headline Writing
Best Newspaper Image Promotion
Circulation Promotion Award

Saturday Breakfast winners include the following categories
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Sports Coverage
In-Depth Reporting
Spot News Coverage
News Story
Editorial Cartoon
Feature Photo(s)
Art Photo
Picture Story
Special Sections
Best Use of Multi Media
Best Citizen Involvement
Best Online Revenue Producer
Historical or Anniversary Editions or Progress Editions
Best Advertising Campaign - Large Space
Best Advertising Campaign - Small Space
Best Large Space Ad
Best Small Space Ad
Classified Advertising
Blooper of The Year

Saturday Lunch winners include the following categories
(click here to view the winning entries):

Better College Newspaper Contest Awards
Feature Story
Best Column
Best News or Feature Series
Sports Feature
Sports Action Photo(s)
Sports Feature Photo(s)
Spot News Photo(s)
Graphic Illustration
Best Real Estate/Home Section
Best Use of Color
Best Special Section Cover
Special Holiday Edition
Best Special Section - Advertising
Best Multi - Advertiser Pages
Best Color Ad Created by the Newspaper
Best House Ad/ Ad Campaign

Saturday Dinner winners include the following categories
(click here to view the winning entries):

Best Newspaper Web Site
Best Front Page
Best Editorial Page
Photographic Excellence
Advertising Excellence
Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence
“Rookie” Reporter of the Year
Writer of the Year
Sports Writer of the Year
Photographer of the Year
Richard L. Stein Award for Overall Design Excellence
Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership
John J. Evans Award for Advertising Excellence
Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence


Click here for the Celebrating Newspaper Excellence Award Listing



Since 1930, NYPA members have competed on a statewide basis against their peers in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is designed to measure papers of similar size against one another in categories such as news, photography, and advertising. Approximately 4,000 entries are received each year.

The first place winners are presented with plaques, and second and third place winners are given certificates.

The awards are very prestigious, and many members use winning as a way of promoting their newspapers to the public.

The competition is judged by members of another state press association in January, and the awards are presented at the annual spring convention and trade show in March. Newspapers wishing to participate in the Better Newspaper Contest must be members of the Association. Membership applications must be submitted by September 1 for eligibility.

2011 contest entries will be judged in Settle by members of the Washington Press Association January 26th & 27th. Award ceremonies will be conducted March 30th & 31st in Saratoga Springs during the NYPA spring convention. The contest newspaper, printed courtesy of AFL Printing, will be distributed Saturday evening at the convention.

You can download the BNC Contest Rules and Entry Forms here.

NYPA sponsors similar contests for high school and college rules throughout the state. Representatives from the winning newspapers are invited to be guests of NYPA at the spring convention.

If you have any questions about this year’s contest, please contact Rich Hotaling at (518) 464-6483 ext. 33.

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