2022 Better Newspaper Contest Opens Jan. 24

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The 2022 Missouri Press Foundation Better Newspaper Contest template will open Monday, Jan. 24, to begin accepting entries. If you haven’t yet, start collecting your entries for this year’s contest now.

Entries must be uploaded to the contest template by Thursday, March 31, to be eligible for the tiered fee structure.

The 2022 BNC entry fee structure is as follows:
Entries 1-10: $7 per entry;
Entries 11-50: $5.50 per entry;
Entries 51 and over: $5.25 per entry.

Entries received between April 1 and 11 p.m. April 7, will be subject to a flat $10 per entry fee. (The template will close automatically at midnight Eastern Time on April 7, hence the 11 p.m. closing time for Missouri.)

All categories for Missouri’s 2022 Better Newspaper Contest require digital entries.

If you need help entering any category, contact Matthew Barba (mbarba@mopress.com) or Kristie Fortier (kfortier@mopress.com) for assistance.

We encourage members not to wait until the deadline to enter entries in the template. If a significant number of people attempt to use the template at the same time, it can slow everyone down and could cause you to miss the deadline window.

All the information about the contest — rules, categories, entry instructions — is online at mopress.com/better-newspaper/.

Entries to the Missouri Press Foundation’s Newspaper Contest will be submitted using BetterBNC Online Journalism Awards Platform: https://betternewspapercontest.com/login

IMPORTANT: It is important to remember BetterBNC is optimized for Google Chrome. If you do not have Google Chrome, download it at http://www.google.com/chrome.

DEADLINE: There is no need to wait until the deadline to upload your entries! The contest template will close at 11 p.m. Thursday, April 7, and will not accept entries after that — no exceptions. You may begin uploading your entries now.

ALERT: Please try to keep file sizes under 5mb to aid judges in accessing entry content. For larger files such as Special Sections, options include Dropbox, Google Drive, or Scribd. Please make sure the file is public or a password is provided and that it can be printed. If a file cannot be easily accessed, it could be skipped over for judging.


  1. If you have entries that consist of more than one piece of content, combine them into one file. This will make uploading and judging much easier. This will apply to Best Columnist, Best Front Page, etc., where an entry is more than one piece. Combine them into one file. Do the same for stories that jump to another page. Combine the pages into one file for uploading.
  1. Entries should have 1-3-word titles that tell the judge precisely what material on the page is to be judged.
  1. Put all your entries into a “Contest Entries” folder on your desktop.

Please read the instructions and category listings carefully!

Rules: https://mopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-Better-Newspaper-Contest-rules.pdf

Instructions: https://mopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-BNC-entry-instructions.pdf

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