NINA kicks off annual contest with new categories

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is accepting entries for its annual news competition, which this year includes four new categories.

Contest organizers have added categories for Best Niche Publication, Best Watchdog Reporting, Best Use of Social Media by an Individual and Best Use of Social Media. Although no categories have been eliminated, the submission information for some long-standing categories — Best Special Section, Best In-depth News Story and Best In-depth News Story Series — has been revised. Please read directions, rules and category information carefully. As in years past, entries will be submitted online as PDFs or JPGs with a few exceptions, which simply will require URLs. Directions for submitting entries, contest rules and categories can be found at here or at the contest site. The deadline to submit entries is 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016.

The contest is open to NINA members only. Contact communications coordinator Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239 or for answers to questions about membership or about entering the contest.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars now for the annual NINA fall conference and awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday evening, Oct. 20, 2016, at Northern Illinois University. We look forward to seeing you there.