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Best of Newspaper In Education Contest

Each year, the National Newspaper Association recognizes the excellent effort made by community newspapers and press associations to engage young readers in the pursuit of actively learning the important role newspapers play in our community. This annual contest is open to all newspapers and press associations and entries reflect accomplishments from July of the previous year, through June of the present year. Entries are accepted during the contest entry period, which occurs annually from March 1 through July 1.

Winners are notified in August and invited to attend the award reception held in the fall during NNA's Annual Convention and Trade Show.

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NNA’s BNIE 2009 winners now online
Judging results have been received and winners of the 2009 Best of Newspaper In Education contest have been posted online.

2009 BNIE Winners Announced

Contest winner logos are now available for download.

Classes, Categories and Divisions

The Best of Newspaper In Education contest has three classes. Each class has its own entry form:

Class I: Innovation

Categories

There are six categories in Class I: Innovation*

  • Category 1: Sponsorship
    • Entries in this category should show effective efforts to raise money to fund classroom newspapers. Entries may consist of one or more ads, fliers, letters, bill stuffers, recognition or fundraising activities. Anything that made your newspaper successful at sponsorship is worthy of entry
  • Category 2: Marketing
    • Entries in this category illustrate how your newspaper marketed your Newspaper In Education efforts to teachers, administrators, parents and children. Entries may include ads, feature stories, editorials, newsletters and fliers
  • Category 3: Literacy
    • Examples of methods used by your newspaper to increase literacy and/or literacy awareness in your community
  • Category 4: Educational Support
    • Entries in this category should show ways your newspaper supports teachers in their use of the newspaper in their classrooms. Examples include teacher workshops, in-paper features, teacher guides and classroom visits
  • Category 5: Partnerships
    • This category recognizes projects or activities that involved collaboration between your newspaper and businesses, schools or other organizations
  • Category 6: Best NIE Projects
    • This is the place to enter your best Newspaper In Education project
Divisions

There are two circulation divisions in Class I: Innovation*

  • Division A: Dailies
  • Division B: Non-dailies

Class II: General Excellence

This award recognizes the best Newspaper In Education programs

Categories

There are no categories in Class II: General Excellence*

Divisions

There are two circulation divisions in Class II: General Excellence*

  • Division A: Dailies
  • Division B: Non-dailies

Class III: State Programs

This award recognizes the best statewide Newspaper In Education programs

Categories

There are no categories in Class III: State Programs*

Divisions

There are no divisions in Class III: State Programs*

Rules and Instructions

General Rules

  1. The contest is open to member and non-member newspapers
  2. Entries will reflect accomplishments from July of the previous year through June of the current contest year
  3. Entries must be postmarked by July 1

Class I: Innovation Awards Rules

  1. Entries must include full tear sheets and any support material as well as the Innovation Awards Entry Form.* An entry may show one effort or a series of examples relating to the category
  2. Entries must be stapled together in the left-hand corner in a way that will allow the tear sheets to be unfolded

Class II: General Excellence Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted in one three-ring binder, no more than 50 pages is necessary, but will be accepted
  2. Entries must include a General Excellence Entry Form* and follow guidelines on the form

Class III: State Program Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted in one three-ring binder, no more than 50 pages is necessary, but will be accepted
  2. Entries must include examples of ways your association or committee has created a quality statewide Newspaper in Education program
  3. Entries must include a State Program Entry Form* and follow guidelines on the form

Awards

Awards are made at the judges' discretion to first, second, third place and honorable mention in all categories. An awards ceremony is held during NNA's Annual Convention.

Judges

NNA is deeply grateful for the time and effort given by our judges. Judging is based on entries conforming to category descriptions and contest rules

2009

2008

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Questions?

Contact us:

  • By telephone at (800) 829-4NNA (4662), option 2, or (573) 882-5800
  • By e-mail at contest@nna.org
  • By mail at
    NNA
    ATTN: Best of Newspaper In Education Contest
    134 Neff Annex
    Columbia, MO 65211-1200

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