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2016 WNPA


Better Newspaper Contest April 4 (Monday) May 6 (Friday) June 1 (Wednesday) June 13 to July 8 Oct. 13 to 15


Begin submitting entries on Deadline for submitting Regular Entries and General Excellence Deadline for submitting Tourism/Community Guide Special Sections Judging Period (including Open Website) Winners announced at the WNPA Convention in Wenatchee

RULES: Download Categor y List & Rules at www.wn ENTRIES: Upload entries click BNC tab at produced by SmallTownPapers


• Contestant Managers who submitted entries last year can use the Password link on www.BetterB same at a newspaper are authorized if needed. Contestant Managers email and password as last year; use the Forgot submit entries and also to submit their own entries. control which staff members and account information. Contestant Managers can see and edit all the • If your Contestant Manager newspaper’s entries from last year is no longer person, contact CJ Burk at your newspaper and you need the account • If no Contestant Manager(see below). email changed to a new was active at your newspaper as a Contestant using last year, create a Contestant use the temporary password Manager account by first • Authorized Entrants bnc (lowercase). logging in who submitted entries in 2015 can use the same Forgot Password link on email if needed. New Authorized and password information as last year; use asking them to validate their the Entrants receive an email entries. Authorized Entrants email address. Once they have done so, from Authorized Entrants can can see and edit only log in and begin submitting the entries they submit ENTRY FORMATS themselves. • Upload all entries as PDF, JPG, PNG, TIF or via URL to www.BetterB or www.realview The maximum to enter special file size is 5 MB. Please has been built into the sections and large, multi-page site. use entries. • Please don’t submit both • For photo entries, considerURL and PDF of the same entry. It confuses judges. providing jpeg and/or at the 2016 WNPA convention, a pdf. WNPA plans to use submitted jpegs to create Oct. 13-15 in Wenatchee. photoboards for display Please use these specs TECHNICAL SUPPORT for jpegs: 180 px/inch, 10” on longest side. • For technical help getting logged in, making entries BetterBNC” button at www.BetterB and general use of the BetterBNC platform, please to initiate a trouble • For help with rules, eligibility use the “Contact ticket. and entry fees please contact CJ Burk (see GENERAL EXCELLE below). NCE General Excellence participation is a member Sept. 23 and the week benefit. There is no fee. of Submit all issues published You may wish to create Sept. 30, 2015 (the last two issues of September). in both the week of separate pdfs/urls for Include special sections newspapers. the newspapers and and the classifieds. special sections distributed with these two weeks’ CONTEST PERIODS Regular Entries: April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 Tourism/Community Guide Special Sections: June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 ENTRY FEES: $6.50/entry for Group I, $8.50 for Groups II & III, $9 for Group IV

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Journal of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

Van Dyke retires; Obee chosen to lead WNPA There’s been a change in the top management of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. WNPA Executive Director Marcia Van Dyke last month announced she would retire, and, with her husband Jeff, set off on bicycles for a cross- country tour. Her last day is April 15. Acting quickly, the WNPA executive board gathered resumes, interviewed candidates and formulated a recommendation for the full board of trustees. On April 8, the full board unanimously approved hiring

Fred Obee, a long-time community newspaper editor and manager, as Van Dyke’s replacement. “It’s hard Van Dyke to believe that I will be hanging up my newspaper hat after 27 years in the business,” said Van Dyke. “It seems like yesterday that I was hired for my first newspaper job at the Skagit Valley Herald. Little did I know

Newspaper contest website ready to collect 2016 entries This year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association is ready to receive entries. Entrants are encouraged to download contest rules and instructions. Those can be found at Entries are uploaded at, a website produced by SmallTownPapers. See Page 8 of this edition to find contest rules, entry fees, applicable dates and other information. Awards will be announced at the annual WNPA convention Oct. 13-15 in Wenatchee. “Our convention committee has done a remarkable job planning for our annual fall

meeting,” said WNPA Executive Director Marcia Van Dyke. “It will be well worth attending, and we look forward to recognizing all the great work that’s being done at our member newspapers.” Every WNPA member newspaper is eligible to enter the coveted General Excellence award category without cost. Just submit all issues published in the weeks of Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, 2015 (the last two issues of September). Include your entire newspaper, including special sections and the classifieds. Don’t miss this chance to show the judges the great work you are doing.

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then that I would find the most rewarding career anyone could ask for. I immediately fell in love with this business and over the Obee years have had the good fortune to find many excellent mentors to guide my way. “I have had the pleasure to work closely with many of you over the years and some of you I

feel like we were just getting to know each other. It’s inspiring to see the dedication to the news that all of you share. I know that it has been challenging for our industry these past years, but there is one thing I know for sure: There is no group of people more dedicated to finding the truth, holding government accountable, keeping a community informed, sharing and circulating the news than the members of WNPA. The challenges facing our industry today will pass and we will succeed because intelligent people want well-vetted

news. Our democracy depends on it and we will deliver.” Obee spent a total of 18 years at the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, first as a reporter and in the final 12 years, as the General Manager. Before that he was Editor of the Whidbey News-Times in Oak Harbor and Editor of the Daily Triplicate, a small daily in Crescent City, Calif. “When I retired from the Leader last July, I honestly didn’t know if I was really retired, on sabbatical or just pausing and See WNPA, Page 2


Brian Myrick of the Ellensburg Daily Record won Photographer of the Year honors in the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest for a variety of shots including this action packed rodeo photo.

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The Washington Newspaper, April 2016

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