The Sacramento Business Journal joined CNPA in 2011, enabling Editor Jack Robinson to enter his staffers' work in the 2011 Better Newspapers Contest. The company submitted 12 entries and won four awards: Coverage of Environment, Best Special Issue, Best Feature Story and Best Editorial Comment.

That's a big reason Robinson pushed for his publisher to join CNPA: to enter the contest -- and to boost morale among his staff.

"The critical reason contests exist is to provide outside validation for the newsroom," Robinson told CNPA. 

To ensure that your staffers' best work gets its chance, be sure to gather your entries and submit them by postmark deadline date: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. 

This year's contest has more opportunities to enter digital content: 14 BNC categories accept entries from digital or printed editions, up from three categories in the 2011 contest. 

You can enter up to five photo entries (even digital online). You won't have to whittle your best work down to three submissions as in years past.

"California has long been known for the best journalism in the country," said Bryan Clark, CNPA's director of membership. "The Better Newspapers Contest is publishers' and editors' chance to recognize the diligent work their people provide the community." 

To recognize your staff's hard work, you must enter. Please inform your contest handler that materials will soon be on the way.


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