Submit a nomination for the 2020 Mega-Innovation Award

Sponsored by America’s Newspapers, Local Media Association and News Media Alliance

The prestigious Mega-Innovation Award will be presented at this year's Mega-Conference to the newspaper or corporate office that best represents innovation in the newspaper industry.   We encourage you to nominate your newspaper and share your best innovations with the industry!

Three finalists will 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! 

Innovative newspapers take a wide variety of approaches to reaching additional readers and audience segments and improving subscriber engagement.  

Your approach may center around print products, digital products, events, agency services (PR work, logo development, competitive media placement), etc.  Perhaps company culture or your organizational structure is central to your newest innovative approaches.

We're trying to make entering as easy as possible this year.  In whatever format works best for you:

  • Tell us about your latest innovations.
  • There are no specific questions to answer. We simply want to know how your newspaper defines innovation, what you’ve done to advance in your market, and what results you have seen.  Depending on your newspaper's strategy plan, this might mean revenue growth, improved employee morale, growth in your digital subscription numbers, growth in social media audience, etc. Share your success with the industry!

There is no cost to submit a nomination.

The deadline for entries is 11 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Please email your entry and any supporting documents, graphics, etc., to cdurham@newspapers.org.

What could you win?

Three finalists will present their ideas at the Mega-Conference.  The conference registration fee will be waived for one representative from each finalist company who makes the presentation.

The GRAND PRIZE winner also will receive:

A beautiful engraved award.

Cash prize of $500.

Recognition for the great work that you and your company are doing!

Previous Innovation Award Recipients
2019 Recipient

GateHouse Live puts on the show

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."

2018 Recipient

Broadcasting from a newspaper rack

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.

2017 Recipient

Local newspaper also provides local TV

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.

2016 Recipient

Innovation for all sizes

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.

What's your success story?

Have you —

  • Introduced a new product, service or go-to-market approach that is substantially changing your current or future business model?
  • Grown your digital revenue to be a critical portion of your revenue mix?
  • Tapped into new audiences with a new approach to publishing?
  • Diversified your revenue to be less dependent on traditional newspaper advertising?
  • Created a culture of innovation for your employees?
  • Done something completely different that isn't listed here?

If the answer is yes, share your story with us!