2019 News Contest Winners

The 841 winners 2019 News Contest winners come from 3,214 very strong contest entries. Thanks to members of the Missouri Press Association for judging our state’s best journalism.

Due to COVID-19, the S.C. Press Association has made the decision to move our in-person conference to a virtual meeting. The Annual Meeting, originally set for March, was rescheduled at the start of the pandemic to Sept. 18-19, in Myrtle Beach. Instead, #SCPRESS20, presented by AT&T, will now be held virtually.
While we’re disappointed we won’t see you at the beach next month, our first priority is the health and safety of our members.
2020 has proven to be a historic year. SCPA has offered an in-person gathering every year since 1852, with the exception of the years during the Civil War and Great Depression.
In July, we surveyed the membership and got lots of great feedback that has helped us plan. We feel confident that we’ve re-imagined our convention into an accessible, engaging experience that you’ll enjoy!

Plaques & Certificates

All plaques, certificates, President’s Cups and cash prizes will be delivered to newspapers in early September. In most cases, awards will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail at no charge to the newspaper, but some will be hand-delivered. We’ll reach out to each editor directly to schedule delivery. Included with your awards will be copies of the #SCPRESS20 program, containing a list of all winners and comments for first place awards (will also be available online). If you need to order a wooden plaque base or duplicate award, please contact us now so we can deliver them at the same time and save on shipping. 

Awards Presentations

Even if we cannot be together in person, we still want to celebrate the outstanding journalism done over the past year! Based on the feedback we received, most folks said they’d prefer a snappy virtual awards ceremony lasting approximately 30 minutes. In this format, we still plan to recognize all winners and show a graphic representation for each award. Each live broadcast will premier Sept. 14-18, on Facebook Live daily at 4 p.m. Recordings will also be available on Vimeo, Facebook and embedded on scpress.org. 
  • Collegiate Awards Presentation – Monday, Sept. 14
  • PALMY Advertising Award Presentation – Tuesday, Sept. 15
  • Associate & Individual Member Awards Presentation – Wednesday, Sept. 16
  • Weekly Awards Presentation – Thursday, Sept. 17
  • Daily Awards Presentation – Friday, Sept. 18
There’s no need to register, but if you plan to host a watch party, please let us know.
In addition to the video presentations, PDFs of the slides will be available as in past years. 
Judges’ comments will be available in the #SCPRESS20 program. 
Our Journalism Hall of Fame presentation will be postponed until the 2021 Annual Meeting. 
We’re also exploring some new ways to showcase your wins. Be on the lookout for more details soon!

Purchase duplicate plaques, certificates and 2nd and 3rd place plaque bases. 

It’s up to you when you’d like to announce your winners. You are welcome to go ahead and officially release your winners in your newspaper or on your newspaper’s website or social media accounts. Or you can hold until mid-September when the physicial awards are delivered and secret winners/judges’ comments announced.