2021 virtual tri-state convention

Be sure to check out new, exciting changes to the program line-up, information about speakers and innovative networking opportunities this year!

  • February 4-5, 2021
  • Registration: $39
  • Deadline: February 1


The annual Better Newspaper Contests foster excellence through competition among like-sized newspapers. Member newspaper submit thousands of entries in news, writing, advertising and digital categories. Judging is performed by other state newspaper associations, with winners announced during the annual convention. Points awarded to the winners of select categories are used to determine the newspaper awarded the coveted title of Newspaper of the Year.


  • NEW Photography Category: Best Photographer
  • NEW Photography Category: Best COVID-19 Coverage

To encourage participation, INA will offer “coupons” for three free entries to newspapers who did not enter the 2020 contests. In addition, INA will offer incentives to newspapers who prepare their entries without error. See below for more information.

If you have questions during the contest entry preparation process, please contact the INA at 515-244-2145 or