Better Newspaper Contest

Minnesota Newspaper Association Professional Better Newspaper Contest

The 2020-2021 Better Newspaper Contest is now CLOSED!

Thank you for entering. 

The entries will be sent off to the members of the Illinois Press Association for judging. 


Download the 2020-2021 MNA Better Newspaper Contest Rules & Categories (PDF) 
Download the 2020-2021 MNA Better Newspaper Contest ‘How-To’ guide (PDF) 


MNA College Better Newspaper Contest is NOW CLOSED!
All entries have been judged – please check with your advisor.

We are excited to announce the College BNC is now open for entries. 
All information has been sent to the college advisors via email. If you did not get your information, please contact
Laura Niemi,

To enter the 2020-2021 College Better Newspaper Contest – click here.

For more information you can download:
2021 Rules and Categories packet here. (PDF)
And the 2021 How-To Packet is available here. (PDF)

Contact Laura Niemi with questions:


Tips for Student Journalist
Available for you to download: 2 pages of tips for students, while in school and when seeking employment. (PDF)



Congratulations to all of the MNA 2019-2020 Better Newspaper Contest Winners! 

Congratulations to the Mills Trophy winner:


Congratulations to the Vance Trophy winner:



Click here to view the 2019-2020 College & Professional BNC Gala Presentations.

You can view the 2019-2020 College BNC Gallery here

The 2019-2020 Professional BNC Gallery available to view here. 

The 2019-2020 BNC Winners Book available to download.

Mna Bnc Winners_2019-2020 by MN Newspaper Assoc.



Thank you to our 2019-2020 sponsors:






If you have questions about the Better Newspaper Contests, the MNA staff is prepared to assist you. To reach us, please call the MNA office during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at (612) 332-8844 | (800) 279-2979 or email

You may also contact Laura Niemi or LuAnn Yattaw at or