Criteria for the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest is now available at MPA's contest website. The deadline to enter the contest is Tuesday, March 24.
This will be the first contest cycle where members will enter using an online submission process for most categories. Complete instructions for the new process are available on the web and with the downloadable criteria. MPA staff members are available by phone or email to help members work through the upload and registration process.
Payment for the contest can also now be remitted online at the same website.
"This move is a long time in coming but we believe it will ultimately make the process of entering the contest much easier for our members," said Layne Bruce, MPA-MPS executive director.
The MPA Board of Directors voted last spring to join neighboring states of Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama in moving the Better Newspaper Contest to an online platform. Dozens of other press associations have also made the switch in recent years.
Judging for this year’s contest will be handled by the North Carolina Press Association. Awards will be handed out June 20 at the Louisiana-Mississippi Joint Convention in New Orleans.