Four categories added for annual competition

We are pleased to announce NINA’s 2017 newspaper competition and invite your participation.

We have added four categories this year: Best Election Coverage, Best Multi-Cultural/Immigration Coverage, Best Use of Humor and Best Meeting Coverage. Also, the categories we introduced last year are back: Best Niche Publication, Best Watchdog Reporting, Best Use of Social Media by an Individual and Best Use of Social Media. Please read the submission information carefully for Best Special Section, Best In-depth News Story and Best In-depth News Story Series. The entry information for these long-standing categories was revised last year.

Enclosed you will find directions for submitting entries, contest rules and categories. As in years past, entries will be submitted online as PDFs or JPGs with a few exceptions, which simply will require URLs.

Please (1) read all rules carefully; (2) make certain your NINA membership is current and that you are entering in the appropriate division and entry categories; (3) read the directions for submitting entries online before attempting to do so; (4) be sure entries are submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017. Questions should be directed to Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239 or shendricks@niu.edu.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars now for the annual NINA fall conference and awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday evening, Oct. 26, 2017, at Northern Illinois University. We look forward to seeing you there.

Good luck in the contest!