Recognizing the best journalism in South Carolina

2023 News Contest Winners

Not for release until March 15, 2024

Congrats News Contest winners!

Winners of the 2023 News Contest have been posted online for proofing.

Please note the deadline to submit corrections has passed. Contact SCPA immediately if you need to make a change!

The list includes winners from the News and Associate/Individual Member contests. Please note winners are not for official release in your newspaper or on your organization’s website or social media accounts until March 15, 2024.

Secret winners, President’s Cup winners, comments for first place winners and Best of the Best will be announced at the SCPA Annual Meeting on March 15.

The roughly 700 awards we’ll present come from 3,007 very strong contest entries. Thanks to members of the Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association for judging our state’s best journalism.

Here are Collegiate Contest winners, which will be presented April 12 at Winthrop University.  

Congratulatory Program Ads

Join us in celebrating the best in S.C. journalism and congratulate your staffers who have made extraordinary contributions to our industry over the past year! We’re offering limited space in the Annual Meeting program for congratulatory ads. Our program is distributed to roughly 200 Annual Meeting attendees and is posted online for viewing after the meeting. Camera-ready ads will be accepted through March 1. If you need SCPA to design your ad, the deadline is Feb. 23. Email Jen Madden to reserve your space today. 

    • Color Centerspread  (16″ wide by 10″ tall) | ONE AVAILABLE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED | $150
    • Full Page, Color (7.5″ wide x 10″ tall) | $60
    • Half Page, Color (7.5″ wide x 5″ tall) | $40

Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

Awards will be presented on March 15, 2024, at the Annual Meeting! You don’t want to miss seeing 200 SCPA friends at the 2024 S.C. Press Association Annual Meeting and Awards. Make plans to join us March 14-15, 2024, in at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the heart of downtown Columbia for awards presentations, educational sessions and networking.

Our meeting is a time to celebrate the Palmetto State’s commitment to outstanding journalism! Come have a good time and get re-energized about the important work you do to serve your readers every day.

This year’s convention will feature educational and networking events including an opening reception at Columbia’s riverfront biergarten, informative and inspiring training sessions, the Executive Committee Meeting, Independent/Family-Owned Newspaper Breakfast Roundtable and our highlight event – the News Contest Awards Presentation and Hall of Fame Luncheon, which recognize the best and brightest in South Carolina journalism!

The deadline to register is March 1.  


SCPA has secured a block of rooms at Aloft Columbia Downtown, located at 823 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201. This property is a two-block walk from the Annual Meeting venue. Book at our discounted group rate of $157. A limited number of rooms are available Thursday and Friday nights. The deadline to book your room is Feb. 29, 2024.

If this property sells out, there are plenty of other hotels in the Vista/downtown area, but do not delay in booking if you’d like to stay the night. Because of St. Pat’s in Five Points, many Columbia hotels will have limited availability.


If you love South Carolina’s newspapers, please consider sponsoring the 2024 Annual Meeting and Awards! The Annual Meeting is the best way to connect with the Palmetto State’s newspaper industry. Feb. 23 is the last day to sign on as a sponsor.  Find out more! 

Order duplicate awards and plaque bases

Duplicate awards are available for purchase. Duplicate engraved First Place plaques are $35. Duplicate Second and Third Place certificates are $2 each. If you’d like to frame your Second or Third Place award, wooden plaque bases are available for pick up at the Annual Meeting for $15. After the event, plaque bases are $25 each (includes shipping). Please email or call SCPA to order duplicate awards. 

Winners Badge

Thanks to everyone who entered the 2023 News Contest! Congrats, winners!

If you have questions about the News Contest or Annual Meeting, please give us a call or email us.