2017 Newsroom Contests

Local news writing. Editorial excellence. Front page. News picture. Digital journalism. Community leadership


The Contests

Local news writing

• Investigative Reporting
• Explanatory Reporting
• Personality/Individual Profile Stories

Editorial excellence contest

Entrants must submit any five editorials written and published between September 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017. The five editorials will be considered one entry.

Front page contest

This contest is judged on the basis of four front pages: The editor’s choice, which may be any front page published between August 31, 2015 and August 31, 2016 and the front page from each of these pre-selected dates:

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016
  • Friday, March 31, 2017

News picture contest

Class A: Photography 

• News
• Sports
• Feature
• Portrait
• Picture stories and essays

Class B: Picture Use
• News
• Sports
• Feature/Entertainment
• Multiple pages

Digital journalism

• General Excellence: Online News Service
• Creative Use of Multimedia Storytelling
• Best Online Innovation

Community leadership award

The purpose of the Inland Press Association Community Leadership Award is to encourage newspapers to take the initiative in making their communities better places in which to live and work.

The Community Leadership Awards will recognize the initiative and achievements of newspapers working through the combined resources of news coverage, editorial support and staff involvement to improve the community.

Entries should show how the local newspaper is effectively involved in the life of its community.

There will be one award in each of the four circulation categories: Less than 10,000; 10,000 to 49,999; 50,000 to 100,000; more than 100,000.

How to enter

To submit entries, go to

You'll be asked what type of contestant you are. It is highly recommended to click on "Contest Manager," unless several people from the organization are submitting entries. From the "Select a Contest" dropdown menu, select "2017 Inland Newsroom Contests." From the "Select Media Organization" menu, find your publication or company in the alphabetically organized list.

If this is your first time entering the contest, use the password bnc (all lower case) when prompted.

You'll later be prompted to change that password. If your organization has entered the contest in the past, use that password. If you've forgotten it, contact contest administrators, Mark Fitzgerald at or Karla Zander, at

The contest system will accept entries in any digital format.

Follow prompts for payment.

Entry Information

All contests except the Digital Journalism Contest are for Inland member newspaper organizations only.

All contests except Digital Journalism and the Community Leadership Award are judged in four circulation groups:

  • Under 10,000
  • 10,000 to 49,999
  • 50,000 to 99,999
  • 100,000 or more

Entries must have been published between September 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017.

Deadline: Monday, August 7, 2017 5:00 p.m. Central time.


  • Editorial Excellence, Local News Writing and Front Page contests: $33 per entry (members only)
  • Digital Journalism contest: $33 per entry for Inland members; $45 per entry for non-members
  • News Picture contest: $12 per entry, or $9 per entry for 10 or more entries (members only)
  • Community Leadership Award contest: $60 (members only)

Don't miss Inland's other contest

2017 Print Quality Competition
Newspapers may be moving, at various paces, towards a digital-first future, but that emphatically does not mean their commitment to quality print reproduction has weakened in any way.

Southern Lithoplate Inc. understands and encourages progress in print advancement with its sponsorship of the annual Print Quality Competition.

Learn more about the Print Quality Competition