BNC judging gets underway


HSPA Foundation extends its thanks to the 88 member newspapers who participated in the 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

More than 2,650 entries have been confirmed and sent to out-of-state newspaper professionals for judging.

Members can expect letters announcing winners’ names (but not places or categories except for section awards) by mid-October.

Awards will be presented during the luncheon following the Newsroom Seminar on Dec. 3 at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Please mark your calendars now for the annual event.

Newspapers welcomed this year’s digital-entry process for the most part, said Karen T. Braeckel, HSPA Foundation director.

“We expected a few hiccups and the usual last-minute scramble, but many contest coordinators heeded our advice and started earlier this year because of the new system,” she said. “All in all our members adjusted well, and some even said they would not have had time to enter the old tear sheet way.

“We’ll continue to tweak the process for the future to best meet members’ needs,” Braeckel said.