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2018 Better Newspaper Contest Rules and Category Descriptions

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2018 MNA BNC Rules and Category Descriptions

2018 MNA BNC Online Entry Instructions – Members


2017 Better Newspaper Contest Awards

Congratulations to all our first, second and third place winners of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest Awards held at the 132nd annual convention of the Montana Newspaper Association held on June 16 & 17 in Lewistown, MT.

The top awards were presented to:

Billing Gazette – The Sam Gilluly Award for Best Daily Newspaper in Montana

The Big Timber Pioneer – The Thomas Dimsdale Award for Best Weekly Newspaper in Montana

Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette – Mel Ruder Photograph of the Year Award

The Big Timber Pioneer – Division 1 Newspaper General Excellence

Choteau Acantha – Division 2 Newspaper General Excellence

Lewistown News-Argus – Division 3 Newspaper General Excellence

Flathead Beacon – Division 4 Newspaper General Excellence

Billings Gazette – Division 5 Newspaper General Excellence


The 2017 Better Newspaper Contest results with judges’ comments:

2017 MNA BNC Results With Judge’s Comments

The Winners of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest:


Examples of the first, second and third place winners of the 2017 MNA Better Newspaper Contest:


The winners of the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest: 


The winners of the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest:


The winners of the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest:


The winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest: