Grab Some Glory: Enter The 2019 NINA News Competition

“True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.”
— Pliny the Elder

“The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.”
— Cicero

Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in return”
— John McCain

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
Walt Whitman

It’s time for you to grab a little glory — for yourself, for your business, for your profession.

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Entries can be submitted now for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association 2019 Newspaper Contest. Newspapers and freelancers alike are encouraged to submit work.

The NINA contest is less expensive than most. It’s got a wide range of categories. It’s just right for individuals to enter — to enhance your resume, to pat yourself on the back … to win glory like the freaking rock star you are.

The deadline to submit entries to the contest is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Entries submitted to the contest must be from newspapers or websites published from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019.

Most entries must be submitted as PDFs or JPGs — with the exception of a few categories that will request URLs — at http://www.newspapercontest.com/NINA.

Winners will be honored during the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 24, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

For more information and for full rules, visit ninaonline.org.

Contest at a Glance

  • Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2
  • Association Code: NINA
  • Entry database with instructions
  • Rules
  • Reminder: Register in the database BEFORE attempting to log in.
  • You or your organization must have paid NINA dues before entering.
  • Contact: Shelley Hendricks for more information or to check on dues status at shendricks@niu.edu or 815-753-4239.

Cool Categories

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NINA has 32 — count ’em — categories in which to win glory.

Some of them you just don’t see in other contests. Some of the fun, interesting and eclectic choices include the Owen Phelps Award for Best Religion Story, Best Technology/Medical Story, Best Coverage of Social Issue and Best Use of Humor.

  1. BEST DESIGN
  2. BEST INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC
  3. BEST HEADLINE WRITING
  4. BEST SPECIAL SECTION (NOTE CONTRAST WITH BEST NICHE PUBLICATION) 
  5. BEST GENERAL FEATURE
  6. BEST PERSONALITY PROFILE 
  7. OWEN PHELPS AWARD / BEST RELIGION STORY
  8. BEST BUSINESS/FINANCIAL/CONSUMER STORY
  9. BEST TECHNOLOGY/MEDICAL STORY
  10. BEST SPORTS STORY
  11. BEST SPORTS COLUMNIST
  12. BEST COLUMNIST
  13. BEST EDITORIAL
  14. BEST SPOT NEWS PHOTO
  15. BEST FEATURE PHOTO
  16. BEST SPORTS PHOTO
  17. BEST ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY
  18. BEST VIDEO
  19. BEST WEBSITE
  20. BEST SPOT NEWS STORY
  21. BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY (NOTE CHANGES TO CONTRAST WITH WATCHDOG REPORTING)
  22. BEST IN-DEPTH NEWS STORY SERIES (NOTE CHANGES TO CONTRAST WITH WATCHDOG REPORTING)
  23. BEST EDUCATION REPORTING
  24. BEST WATCHDOG REPORTING
  25. BEST NICHE PUBLICATION
  26. BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
  27. BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY AN INDIVIDUAL
  28. BEST COVERAGE OF SOCIAL ISSUES)
  29. BEST USE OF HUMOR
  30. BEST GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING 
  31. BEST HISTORICAL FEATURE
  32. BEST LOCALIZED NEWS STORY

NINA: 2019 Competition Rules

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Click this link for more information.

  1. Publication period for the contest is May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019. Entries submitted must be from newspapers or websites published during this period. The deadline to submit entries is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.
  2. The contest is open to paid member newspapers and paid individual members. Questions regarding membership status and dues should be addressed to Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239 or via email to shendricks@niu.edu.
  3. Content of all entries must be original work. See sheet labeled “Contest Category and Entry Information” for specific information about entering submissions for each category.
  4. Most entries must be submitted as PDFs or JPGs – with the exception of a few categories that will request URLs – at http://www.newspapercontest.com/NINA.
  5. The entry fee is $6 per entry, per category. Unless otherwise specified, the contest allows four entries per paper/per category. Each individual writer or photographer is limited to two entries in each category. This rule does not preclude an individual writer or photographer from being included in another entry in the same category as a member of a team. Publications are limited to one entry in the following categories: design, special section, news story series and education reporting. Each category description explains these and other limits. Make contest entry checks payable to: Northern Illinois Newspaper Fund
  6. Judges will be selected by NIU on the basis of academic and/or professional expertise. Judges typically are NIU journalism faculty, other journalism educators in the region and/or professional journalists not associated with the contest. However, accomplished professionals and/or scholars with relevant subject matter expertise who are not journalists or journalism educators may also serve as judges. Judges will be provided contest rules and relevant category entry information.
  7. First-place winners in each category will be awarded a framed certificate. Second- and third-place winners will be awarded certificates. Judges will award a first, second and third place in each category and an honorable mention if warranted unless the number of entries precludes it, in which case there will always be a first-place winner.
  8. If judges think an entry has been wrongly categorized, or is inappropriate for the category, they should notify the contest coordinator. The contest coordinator has the power to reclassify entries after consulting with NINA executive officers. He/she also may combine daily/non-daily entries into one group if warranted by fewer than three entries in an individual circulation category.

CLASSIFICATION OF PUBLICATIONS

Contests are divided into two classifications of NINA publications. The Non-dailies group includes all newspapers published fewer than four times a week and includes online-only publications. The Dailies group includes all newspapers published more than four times a week and includes all newspapers printed as inserts in those dailies. Sunday editions are eligible for entry.

Entrants may enter in only one classification. Multiple newspaper nameplates that share all editorial operations under one roof count as one newspaper; submit entries under the group name.

Sweepstakes: Publications accumulating the most points in all categories will receive the Donald R. Grubb Newspaper Award for those in the Non-dailies group and will receive the James Copley Award for those in the Dailies group.

Questions: Please contact Shelley Hendricks, NINA’s communications coordinator, at 815-753-4239; shendricks@niu.edu.

 

 

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