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Better Newspaper Contest


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 April. 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.


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Friday Lunch
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
Coverage of Agriculture
Coverage of Religion
Sports Coverage
Best Obituaries
Headline Writing
Best House Ad / Ad Campaign /Sales Promotion


Saturday Breakfast
Best In-Depth Reporting
Best Spot News Coverage
Best Spot News Photo
Best News Story
Best News or Feature Series
Best Revenue Generation Initiative
Best Interaction with Readers
Best Overall Use of Social Media
Best Use of Video
Best Use of Technology on the Web
Best Overall Digital Experience
Best Overall Mobile Experience
Best Use of Photos on Website
Graphic Illustration
Best Special Section Cover
Special Sections / Niche Publications
Best Real Estate / Home Section
Best Holiday Edition
Best Special Section — Advertising
Blooper of the Year


Saturday Lunch
Better High School Newspaper
Contest Awards
Better College Newspaper
Contest Awards
Best Editorial Cartoon
Best Editorials
Best Feature Story
Best Feature Photo
Best Sports Feature Story
Best Sports Action Photo
Best Sports Feature Photo
Best Column
Best Art Photo
Best Picture Story
Best Advertising Campaign
Best Large Space Ad
Best Small Space Ad
Best Multi-Advertiser Pages
Best Classified Advertising


Saturday Dinner
Best News 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 for Overall Design Excellence
Sharon R. Fulmer for Community Leadership
John J. Evans Award for Advertising Excellence
Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence
Newspaper of the Year Award