Deadline extended until, Friday, December 3, 2021!
The 2021 Better Newspaper Competition, New England’s largest and most comprehensive journalism recognition program features eight new editorial categories this year.
NENPA member publications from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to enter in six classes:
- Dailies with circulation under 15k
- Dailies with circulation more than 15k
- Weeklies with circulation under 5k
- Weeklies with circulation more than 5k
- Specialty and niche publications
- News Services and Online News Sites
Publications interested in joining NENPA can find out more information at this link.
Work published during the August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021 contest year is eligible for this competition.
The deadline to submit entries is Friday, December 3, 2021.
Awards will be presented during the annual New England Newspaper Convention, which will be held in Spring 2022.
For further information please contact Linda Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New or modified categories for 2021:
Coverage of Protests and Rallies – Judges will be asked to consider the quality, accuracy and context of reporting on protests and rallies as well as effects on the local community. Entries may consist of a single article or series of articles that are part of ongoing coverage.
Combatting Misinformation and Restoring Trust – This award recognizes a news organization’s efforts to reach, inform and engage with audiences to build trust and recognize misinformation. Entries should include a cover letter detailing efforts as well as material published in print and/or online. Judges will be asked to consider how well the information clarified the integrity of the journalistic process for greater citizen awareness and the quality of writing.
Climate Change or Weather Reporting – Judges will be asked to consider the quality of writing and depth of coverage of weather events or climate change and its impact. Entries may consist of a single article or series of articles that are part of ongoing coverage.
Presidential Election Coverage – Entries should include stories, features, candidate profiles, editorials, letters to the editor, etc. published during the contest period of prior to and following the 2020 Presidential Election. Judges will be asked to consider the quality of writing and depth of coverage, as well as the presentation of the information.
Racial, Ethnic, or Gender Issue Coverage – A story that heightens awareness of a racial, ethnic, or gender community and its issues. Foreign language entries should be accompanied by an English translation. Judges will be asked to consider news value, quality and sensitivity of writing, and presentation.
Pandemic Photo – Any photo showing life in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include heroes of the pandemic, isolation, family, lockdown life, etc.
Sports Action Photo – An action photo that captures the spirit of a sports competition.
Sports Feature Photo – A sports-related feature photo captured outside the action of the game.