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Nonprofit News Awards

Celebrate excellence with the first-ever NNAs!

The media landscape is shifting and nonprofit newsrooms are leading the emergence of new journalism models that are committed to public service, community-building and equitable representation. Be part of the first Nonprofit News Awards, the only program of its kind to honor the achievements of nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada. 

Honorees will be recognized during INN’s virtual fall meeting on October 13, 2021. With nine categories, this inaugural NNA event will honor excellence in journalism, leadership and organizational success.

The NNAs are designed as the only awards to recognize areas in which nonprofit newsrooms uniquely excel, such as through newsroom collaboration and civic coverage, community-building and the expansion of public engagement and trust — elements that are reshaping and restoring news media.

INN members: Enter your organization’s best work and celebrate the growing success of the field of nonprofit news. Entry fees of $10, $15 and $20 are based on size. The online portal for entries is now open at https://betternewspapercontest.com. Entries must be submitted by midnight ET on September 10, 2021. See details here.

The NNAs recognize areas in which nonprofit newsrooms uniquely excel, such as through newsroom collaboration and civic coverage, community-building and the expansion of public engagement and trust.

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Journalism categories offer separate tiers for small, medium and large newsrooms.

Best Investigative Journalism Award. Honors a single story or series that uncovered significant and impactful news based on the reporters’ own investigation and which advances and serves the public interest. Judges will consider the impact of the work through subsequent coverage or resulting policy changes. 

Insight Award for Explanatory Journalism. Honors a single story or a series of explanatory reporting that provides insight and understanding of a significant and complex subject. Entries may include stories/ images/ multimedia that are part of a single series, or up to three stories and accompanying images/ multimedia from coverage of a single beat.

Breaking Barriers Award. Honors reporting that brought new understanding to an issue or topic affecting people or communities that are historically underrepresented, disadvantaged or marginalized, resulting in impactful change. Entries may include single stories, stories/ images/ multimedia that are part of a series, or up to three stories and accompanying images/multimedia from coverage of a single beat.

Community Champion Award. Honors an INN member organization that made a significant contribution to the well-being of its community through a journalism-centered project or service.

2021 Game-Changer Award. For an organization that produced an innovative idea or practice that led to success in revenue, audience growth or sustainable financial support of news.

Startup of the Year. Honors a young organization (operating for less than 3 years) for establishing strong journalism and the revenue, reader and community support to sustain it.

Journalism Partner of the Year Award. Honors a news-oriented project or ongoing partnership that exemplifies the culture of sharing and cooperation in nonprofit news and expands the impact of its journalism. Nominations may include a member’s partnership with other newsrooms (regardless of INN membership) or other organizations, or its work to share data, specialized reporting or other shared resources with other members.

Emerging Leader of the Year. Honors an individual with fewer than five years in executive leadership who is building a sustainable organization, models positive and innovative leadership, demonstrates a strong commitment to equity and inclusion, and a deep commitment to serving their community.

INN Nonprofit News Lifetime Achievement Award. Honors an individual who has made significant, innovative and lasting contributions to the field of independent, nonprofit news, reflecting the spirit of INN’s creation.

For questions about the Nonprofit News Awards, contact INN Membership Director Michelle Morgante.

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