Contests and Awards
- Amos and McKinney Awards
- Recognized as one of the highest and most distinguished tributes in community journalism, the Amos and McKinney Awards are presented to a working or retired newspaperman and woman who have provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press and their community.
- Benjamin Franklin Award
- Sponsored by the National Newspaper Association and the United States Postal Service, the Benjamin Franklin Award is presented annually to the postal employee who has done the most to strengthen the partnership between the Postal Service and community newspapers.
- Best of Newspaper In Education Contest
- To recognize the excellent effort made by many community newspapers to engage young readers, the National Newspaper Association holds a Best of Newspaper In Education contest that highlights these efforts as examples for other newspapers.
- Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest
- Each year the National Newspaper Association honors the best in community journalism and advertising in the Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.
- Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award
- The Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award recognizes young leadership in the newspaper industry. The award was established in 2007 to honor Daniel Morris "Dan" Phillips, an award-winning writer and photographer who passed away in 2005 at the age of 47.
Joel McNeece, publisher of Calhoun County Journal in Bruce, Mississippi, was honored during the National Newspaper Association’s 123rd Annual Convention & Trade Show, when he was presented with the Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award.
Robert F. (Bob) Sweeney and Tonda Rush were honored during the National Newspaper Association’s 123rd Annual Convention & Trade Show, where they were presented with the Amos and McKinney Awards respectively.
The National Newspaper Association honored winners of its 2009 contests at the “Toast to the Winners” award ceremony and reception, Sept. 26, at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza in Mobile, AL.
Newspapers that have won awards in the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest, Better Newspaper Advertising Contest and/or Best of Newspaper In Education contest can now place their orders for duplicate copies of awards online through a partnership with The Award Group, NNA’s primary award partner.
Judging results have been received and winners of the 2009 Best of Newspaper In Education contest have been posted online.