Better Newspaper Contest

Honoring the Greatest Professionals in the Montana Newspaper Industry!

Our mission is to advance and sustain the news publishing industry and promote readership throughout the state. The Better Newspaper Contest is our way of thanking the hardworking professionals in the newspaper industry and highlighting their success and efforts.

The Montana Newspaper Association is proud to present our annual Better Newspaper Contest for all current members of our organization!

Each year we invite newspaper professionals to enter their best work in the following categories: Editorial, Design, Photojournalism, Advertising, Digital and Special Publications. By reciprocal agreement, entries are judged by newspaper professionals and journalists from other state press/newspaper associations. In turn, each year Montana newspeople judge the reciprocal states’ annual contests.

Special awards include Divisional General Excellence, The Sam Gilluly Award for the Best Montana Daily Newspaper, The Thomas Dimsdale Award for the Best Montana Weekly Newspaper and The Mel Ruder Photograph of the Year.

Awards will be presented at the Montana Newspaper Association’s Annual Convention Awards Banquet.

Visit the links below for contest rules and instructions to enter.

The 2022 BNC is closed for entries. The 2023 contest will open for entries in January 2023.

2021 Winners

2022 Better Newspaper Contest Awards will be posted soon!

Division 1 Newspaper General Excellence: 
Boulder Monitor

Division 2 Newspaper General Excellence: 
Choteau Acantha

Division 3 Newspaper General Excellence: 
Lewistown News-Argus

Division 4 Newspaper General Excellence: 
Flathead Beacon

Division 5 Newspaper General Excellence: 
Billings Gazette

The Sam Gilluly Award for the Best Montana Daily Newspaper: 
Billings Gazette

The Thomas Dimsdale Award for the Best Montana Weekly Newspaper: 
Flathead Beacon

The Mel Ruder Photograph of the Year: 
Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch

Past Winners

View the award presentations.