The long-anticipated awards in the 2019-20 Texas Better Newspaper Contest were presented during the closing event at the TPA Convention and Trade Show in Denton.
The 2019-20 contest included material published between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. The awards presentation was originally scheduled in January but postponed to June 12 along with the annual convention. Ninety newspapers submitted 934 entries in the 2019-20 contest.
Sweepstakes winners in the contest included Galveston County Daily News, Division 2 dailies; Marshall News Messenger, Division 3 dailies; the Fayette County Record, Division 4 semiweeklies; Panola Watchman, Division 5 semiweeklies; Hill Country News Weekender, Division 6 weeklies; The Liberty Hill Independent, Division 7 weeklies; Post Signal, Pilot Point, Division 8 weeklies; and the Burnet Bulletin, Division 9 weeklies. In addition to the eight sweepstakes awards, 118 first-place plaques were awarded, along with 472 first- through fourth-place certificates.
Complete results of the contest are available in the Winners’ Circle publication, available online at www.texaspress.com. Watch for and click on the Texas BNC slider on the homepage.
Going forward, the TPA annual meeting will be held in the summer. To accommodate that change, the contest is also changing. The next contest will be a transition back to a calendar-year event. Therefore, the contest period for the next BNC will be Sept. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021, with the entry period in February 2022 and the next awards presentation at the 2022 convention.