WNA Foundation Announces 2016 Newspapers of the Year

MIDDLETON — The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation on Friday presented awards to winners of the 2016 Better Newspaper and Advertising Contest at the Madison Marriott West during the group’s 163rd annual convention.

The 2016 Better Newspaper and Advertising Contest included 3,034 entries from 122 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016. Entries were judged by members of the Illinois Press Association.

Top winners included Publisher Gregg Walker and The Lakeland Times in Minocqua (Weekly Newspaper of the Year) and Publisher Sidney “Skip” Bliss and The Gazette in Janesville (Daily Newspaper of the Year).

Circulation Division winners were:

  • Green Bay Press-Gazette, Best Daily Division A, daily with circulation of 20,000 or more
  • The Gazette, Janesville, Best Daily Division B, daily with circulation between 7,000 and 19,999
  • Watertown Daily Times, Best Daily Division C, daily with circulation of 6,999 or less)
  • The Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Best Weekly Division D, weekly with circulation of 3,501 or more
  • Ripon Commonwealth Press, Best Weekly Division E, weekly with circulation between 2,001 and 3,500
  • The Crawford County Independent & The Kickapoo Scout, Gays Mills, Best Weekly Division F, weekly with circulation of 2,000 or less

Division winners received the most points in their respective circulation groups in the Better Newspaper and Advertising Contests. Newspapers were awarded points for entries ranked first, second and third by contest judges, with the “General Excellence” category being worth double points.

The “Newspaper of the Year” title is awarded to the daily and weekly newspaper with the most points across their respective publication categories.

About the Wisconsin Newspaper Association

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the longest serving press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

In addition to serving 218 member newspapers (31 dailies and 187 weeklies), WNA serves advertisers through advertising placement programs and additional clients through media monitoring services.


James Debilzen
Communications Director
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
34 Schroeder Court, Suite 220
Madison, WI 53711