America's Newspapers and the News/Media Alliance want to spotlight the best examples of innovation among newspapers at this year's Mega-Conference. All newspaper members of America's Newspapers and the News/Media Alliance are encouraged to submit their best examples of innovation for consideration in this year's competition for the Mega-Innovation Award.
Entries may be submitted by print or digital newspapers or by their corporate office — but membership in America's Newspapers or the News/Media Alliance (as a newspaper or corporate newspaper group) is required.
There is no cost to enter.
Innovative newspapers take a wide variety of approaches to reaching readers and audience segments, improving subscriber engagement and producing their print or digital products.
Your approach may center around print products, digital products, events, a new revenue stream, agency services, new ways to address previously underserved audiences, etc. Perhaps company culture or your organizational structure is central to your newest innovative approaches.
We want to make entering as easy as possible. In whatever format works best for you:
Two finalists will be selected to present their innovations at the Mega-Conference. The conference registration fee will be waived for one representative from each finalist company who makes the presentation.
In addition, the GRAND PRIZE winner will receive $500, a beautiful plaque and recognition by industry peers!
The deadline for entries 11 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Feb. 24.
Please email your entry and all supporting documents, graphics, etc., to email@example.com.
NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate and The Acadiana Advocate were honored with the 2022 Mega-Innovation Award at the Mega-Conference for their sports betting vertical: BET.NOLA.com.
"When people comment on how innovative our digital replica iPad program is, I think about the tale my father once told me about the rabbit who climbed the tree," said Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher. "When someone said rabbits don’t climb trees, the response was: this one had to do it to survive.”
Putting on events has much in common with publishing, according to Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Live and New Media Group Ventures. Publishers, he said, create content that attracts an audience, and they try to monetize that audience. "An event does the exact same thing."
By putting a computer screen on top of a newspaper rack, Oahu Publications opened up a new profit center. Called the Digital Billboard Network, the screen runs a seven-minute loop of news and advertising in high-traffic areas where people are likely to pass by or stand in line.
When Calkins Media was named a finalist for the 2016 Mega-Innovation award, its video stream produced by the Bucks County Courier Times was a repeating four-hour content block. Now, it is essentially a local TV station.
When Vince Johnson was first named publisher of the Forsyth County News, the paper had a rule about social media. Only one article was posted to Facebook each day, at 6 a.m. In his entry form for the Mega-Innovation competition, Johnson noted that rule officially died on Jan. 20, 2014. Since then, the paper has increased its social media following by more than 1,000 percent. That's just one example of how the Forsyth County News, described by Johnson as "wildly traditional" not so long ago, has changed.