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Better Newspaper Contest

By PRISCILLA LOEBENBERG
Texas Press Association

Each year Texas Press Association celebrates the best examples of journalism and community service by Texas newspapers through the Better Newspaper Contest. The contest opens in February and winners are awarded at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat in June. 

2016 Texas BNC opens Feb. 15

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The Results of the 2013 Contest

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RESULTS BY NEWSPAPER

RESULTS BY CATEGORY

Advertising
Column Writing
Editorials
Feature Photo
Feature Story
General Excellence
Headline Writing
News Photo
News Writing
Page Design
Sports Coverage
Sports Photo
Website
Special Sections
Community Service
Sweepstakes
 

This year 159 newspapers submitted 1,566 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size.

Weeklies compete under a unique division system in which the total number of weekly entrants is divided into five divisions based on descending circulation — this year 103 weeklies entered so there were 21 newspapers each in Divisions 6-8 and 20 newspapers in Divisions 9 and 10.

Dailies and Semiweeklies compete in fixed circulation breaks: Division 1 Dailies 100,000 or More (compete in General Excellence only); Division 2 Dailies 7,000 to 99,999; Division 3 Dailies Less Than 7,000; Division 4 Semiweeklies 4,001 or More; and Division 5 Semiweeklies 4,000 or Less.

First place winners receive plaques and second through fourth place winners earn certificates. Sweepstakes points are earned for each division, except Division 1, based on point accumulation in contest categories (excluding Community Service, Special Sections and Best Website) - 1st Place: 100 points; 2nd Place: 75 points; 3rd Place: 50 points; and 4th Place: 25 points. The awards were announced June 21, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina Tower.

The Winners’ Circle is an annual publication saluting the Better Newspaper Contest winners. Judges’ comments on first through fourth place winners are reprinted along with samples of winning entries. The 2014 contest was judged by the New Mexico Press Association as part of the annual Better Newspaper Contest swap.

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Sponsored by the Texas Press Association

Download a PDF of the Winners' Circle publication

Download the Award Winners' Logo

RESULTS BY CATEGORY

Advertising
Column Writing
Editorials
Feature Photo
Feature Story
General Excellence
Headline Writing
News Photo
News Writing
Page Design
Sports Coverage
Sports Photo
Website
Special Sections
Community Service
Sweepstakes

RESULTS BY NEWSPAPER 

Dailies
Semiweeklies
Weeklies

This year 169 newspapers submitted 1,703 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size.

Weeklies compete under a unique division system in which the total number of weekly entrants is divided into five divisions based on descending circulation — this year 102 weeklies entered so there were 21 newspapers each in Divisions 6-7 and 20 newspapers each in Divisions 8-10.

Dailies and Semiweeklies compete in fixed circulation breaks: Division 1 Dailies 100,000 or More (compete in General Excellence only); Division 2 Dailies 7,000 to 99,999; Division 3 Dailies Less Than 7,000; Division 4 Semiweeklies 4,001 or More; and Division 5 Semiweeklies 4,000 or Less.

First place winners receive plaques and second through fourth place winners earn certificates. Sweepstakes points are earned for each division, except Division 1, based on point accumulation in contest categories (excluding Community Service & Special Sections) - 1st Place: 100 points; 2nd Place: 75 points; 3rd Place: 50 points; and 4th Place: 25 points. The awards were announced June 23, 2012, at the TPA Newspaper Executives’ Retreat in San Antonio.

The Winners’ Circle is an annual publication saluting the Better Newspaper Contest winners. Judges’ comments on first through fourth place winners are reprinted along with samples of winning entries.


2012 Contest Rules