Archive for September 2020
Why we participate in contest – Lisa Miller, New Century Press
What a year! Wait — it’s only September. To say the least, 2020 has been a challenge for newspapers. We crossed boundaries we didn’t even know existed. We discovered how to do business without a handshake. Has everything been a bed of roses? Absolutely not. Truthfully, we are still getting poked by thorns each day. …Read More
Why we participate in contest – Tony Baranowski, Iowa Falls Times Citizen
We love contest time! Another deadline is tough to add in the early fall when literally everything about running a newspaper feels full bore. But it offers an opportunity to review our work, take pride in it, and consider all we can be doing better for the next time around. Something we just can’t do…Read More
Contest Corner: How do I know what judges are looking for?
The Better Newspaper Contests are judged by members of other state press associations. Judging is a reciprocal arrangement; each year INA “trades” with another state press association. For the 2020 contests, judges will be members of the Virginia Press Association; in turn, INA members judged VPA’s contest entries. Because those judging INA members’ contest entries…Read More
Why we participate in contest – Greg Forbes, Hampton Chronicle/Mid-America Publishing
The Better Newspaper Awards for us are not just about the plaques and certificates we receive. They’re a reflection of our hard work from the year before and encouragement to continue to be a reliable, relatable community newspaper. These awards not only provide validation to our staff but show our readers that we are providing…Read More
Contest Corner: Follow entry instructions, win Convention-on-us!
Each year, starting on the Monday following the contest entry deadline, INA staff members begin the process of checking all entries to confirm they are prepared correctly. Newspapers are contacted to resolve any questions prior to the entries being judged, to ensure that all entries are judged fairly and properly. INA newspapers submitted 3,335 entries…Read More
Accepting 2021 contest entries!
The Iowa Newspaper Association is excited to begin accepting entries for the 2021 Better Newspaper Contests. These contests, held annually, were developed to foster competition and quality among Iowa’s newspapers. To encourage participation, INA will again offer “coupons” for three free entries to newspapers who did not enter the 2020 contests. In addition, INA will…Read More
Contest Corner: Selecting and organizing entries
Jeff Grant, editor of the Sheldon N’west Iowa REVIEW, has watched the newspaper garner plenty of accolades over the years—17 Newspaper of the Year awards over the past four decades to be exact—and was kind enough to share how his team works together to choose what the newspaper will enter: The first thing we do…Read More
Contest season is here!
The time many INA members eagerly look forward to each year is almost here. Click here to view the Call for Entries for the 2021 Better Newspaper Contests. While we know the contests are exciting for many of you, we also realize the work and effort put into the process by INA members is…Read More
FOI Council prevails in suit against sheriff
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to release records in the fatal shooting of a Wisconsin motorist by a sheriff’s deputy. The county also agreed, going forward, that it would routinely release such records whenever its officers are involved in incidents that kill or seriously injure people. The agreement is in response to a…Read More