WNA Foundation announces 2017 contest winners, Newspapers of the Year

MADISON — The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation on Friday presented awards to winners of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest at the Sheraton Madison Hotel during the organization’s annual convention.

The 2017 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,819 entries from 119 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. Entries were judged by members of the Iowa Newspaper Association.

A complete list of the contest winners and judges’ comments can be downloaded here.

Top winners included Publisher Tim Lykeand the Ripon Commonwealth Press (Weekly Newspaper of the Year) and Publisher Sidney “Skip” Blissand 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
  • Vilas County News-Review, Eagle River, 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
  • Courier Sentinel, Cornell, 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 Contest. 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 member newspapers, 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