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Recognizing Excellence in Mississippi Newspaper Media

The Better Newspaper Contest is held semi-annually to recognize excellence in news content and advertising. Each spring and fall, newspaper professionals from sister press associations convene to judge entries submitted by Mississippi newspapers. Winners in advertising are announced during the Mid-Winter Conference; editorial winners are announced each summer during the Annual Convention. Click the links below for more information on these contests.


Editorial Division

The Editorial Division of the Better Newspaper Contest is open to all Full Active Members in six separate circulation classes from small weekly to large daily. The contest deadlines the first Tuesday of each February and covers material from the prior calendar year.


Click below to see a complete list of winners in recent contests.

» 2015 — Presented June 25, 2016
» 2014 — Presented June 20, 2015
» 2013 — Presented June 21, 2014

Advertising Division

The Advertising Division of the BNC deadlines the first Tuesday in October each year and covers material published from Sept. 1-Aug. 31. The contest is open to all Full Active Members in six separate circulation classes from small weekly to large daily.


Click below to see a complete list of winners in recent contests.

» 2016Presented Jan. 28, 2017

» 2015 — Presented Jan. 29, 2016
» 2014 — Presented Jan. 31, 2015

Student Division

In addition to the Editorial and Advertising contests, the MPA Education Foundation also hosts a Student contest for which winners are presented each spring during the O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference. Click here for criteria and entry information for the 2016-17 contest. Deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

» NEW! 2017–  Presented March 30, 2017
» 2016 — Presented March 24, 2016
» 2015 — Presented March 26, 2015
» 2014 — Presented March 27, 2014


For more information, contact
Monica Gilmer, Member Services Manager
Mississippi Press Association
601-981-3060, x237


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