New York Press Association 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.

2020 NYPA Better Newspaper Contest is now open. Click here to access the the online BNC website. Rules and entry form can be found on the site.

Better Newspaper Contest deadline is January 18, 2021.


PNA Reciprocal Better Newspaper Contest Judging

Members of Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association will be judging our contest. And in turn, we will be judging their contest. All judging is done online.

Click here to sign up as an Advertising Judge (February 2021)

Click here to sign up as an Editorial Judge (mid February 2021)