Better Newspapers Competition
The following will be added to this year’s entries for Awards of Excellence.  The entries will be mailed to member newspapers next week.

Education News Award – more information to follow

Sports Writing Award
This award is given to the best article, feature or series highlighting sports activities in the community. The focus can be on an individual, a sporting team, event, sports activity, innovations, history, etc – but it must relate directly to sports in the community. The winning entry should help people become more aware of, and more involved in, sports and fitness activities in the community, or address a community problem related to those activities. The award strives to recognize a sports story that goes beyond the normal game recount or single interview profile.

Arts and Culture Award
Awarded to the best article, feature or series highlighting performing, visual or literary arts in the community (can be fine or folk art). The focus can be on an individual, group, event, innovation, history, etc – but it must relate directly to arts and culture in the community. The winning entry should help people become more aware of and/or more involved in arts and cultural opportunities or issues in the community. It may also address a community problem related to those activities. The award strives to recognize a story that goes beyond the usual arts review or single interview profile.

Community Service Award
This award will be based on three different circulation categories:  Under 4,000;  4,001 – 10,000;  10,000 plus
This award recognizes newspapers that have demonstrated a leadership role that goes well beyond reporting the news and the newspaper’s normal community service mission (unusual support for a community cause or program, fundraising efforts, public awareness, education, etc). The story or campaign should clearly indicate a contribution to the betterment of the community. Service must be non-political and provide no obvious financial benefit to the newspaper. Can be a one-time event or an ongoing program. Your entry must consist of tear sheets of the story or campaign along with any relevant material relating to the newspaper’s community service (letters, pictures, descriptive accounts, etc). This award recognizes the achievements of the newspaper as a whole not individuals.

Environmental Writing Award
Awarded to the best article, feature, or series relating to an environmental topic or issue in, or impacting the community.

The winning entry should enhance public awareness or understanding or environmental issues.  The entry will not be an editorial.

Ad Campaign Award
Awarded to the best ad campaign (black and white or colour), developed and executed by the newspaper for an advertising client.  The advertisements must be produced entirely in-house, using original art, photography and copy writing. No clip art or client-provided creative or photography will be permitted, other than corporate identity artwork. Finalists will be required to provide components of their entry to determine their origin.

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