Online Newspapers can enter 2020 KPA News and Advertising Contest

Deadline to enter is Friday, October 16

Earlier this year, KPA members voted to give Online Newspapers full member benefits. Now part of that would be the ability to enter the KPA contests but in past years, there’s been one blockage. The rules required newspapers to submit pdfs of their pages. That’s almost impossible for an Online Newspaper.

With the change in formatting that allows all newspapers to enter either pdfs or a URL link to each entry, now Online Newspapers will be entering. Of course, like with the printed products, they can enter if they want to.

Forward Kentucky is the first Online Newspaper to enter a KPA contest and started that process by registering for the contest. There are at least three other Online Newspapers who may follow suit. Because of the ability to add news articles each day, the KPA News Editorial Division determined Online Newspapers will enter in the daily division.

As a refresher from last week’s On Second Thought:

Here’s the new text from the Instructions Page. That’s the first page you’ll see when you go to

But first, let’s get this taken care of, the most frequently asked question when it comes to registering for the News and Advertising contests. That question is, “What’s the Association Code?” and if you’ll read Step 1 when you open the contests website, you’ll find the answer.

Step 6 — If necessary, provide an explanation of your entry. The explanation/cutline/paywall box is limited to 3,000 characters. It’s a good idea to write your explanation in another program, such as Word, and copy/paste into the explanation box. If a URL is required, fill in the URL box; there is no need to type http://. If you submit by URL, you must submit the entire page. IF your newspaper uses a paywall, you must supply a username/password in this field, that will allow free access to your site. If your site requires paywall information and it is not provided, your entry may be disqualified without refund.

Step 9 — Add your file or files. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate your files. For Photography categories, each entry must consist of a full-page pdf with photo on the page or a URL with photo in context with the story. If you submit by URL, you must submit the entire page. Also, if your newspaper uses a paywall, you must supply a username/password that will allow free access to your site. Other files and URLs may be acceptable as noted in the special instructions. We allow for up to 5 URLs, if you need additional, you may supply these in a pdf document as clickable hyperlinks. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions for any limitations.


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