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Conventions, Contests & Awards

ANA’s 82nd Annual Meeting & Fall Convention
October 9, 2021

Online registration is available now! 

Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino* is offering discount group rates based on availability: Standard: $149 / Suite: $249. Attendees can call reservations at (520) 796-4900 and mention the “Arizona Newspapers Association 2021.” The reservations department can be reached daily between 7a.m. – 11p.m. Each guest will need to provide a debit/credit card number at the time of reserving to hold their reservation.


In the spirit of our convention theme, Facing the Future – Together, ANA is bringing Gordon Borrell, a nationally celebrated authority on media trends and understanding marketing and revenue opportunities available for newspapers. Newspapers are encouraged to sign up early as information about their specific market will be included in his workshop if they are registered by September 1.

More national experts will be speaking on Sales CRM Best Practices, Subscriber & Reader Loyalty/Retention Program, and Kevin King, from Column, a public notice platform used by ANA as well as a growing number of press associations.

There’s more! … local media experts presenting seminars in journalists and Twitter, political advertising, converting press releases into editorial stories, and newspaper newsletters. Plus a special guest, Assistant Chief Wessing of the Mesa Police Department, hosting a seminar on: Crime Scene Safety & Tips for Covering the Police Department.

Check out the training and seminar schedule. 

And not least, there are the two highly anticipated Award Ceremonies: a luncheon for the Excellence in Advertising Contest winners; and new this year, a sit-down evening dinner where we’ll announce the Better Newspapers Contest category winners and Newspapers of the Year.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 BNC and Excellence in Advertising competitions. Entries will be judged by this year’s contest partner: Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
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*Governor Stephen R. Lewis, of the Gila River Indian Community, has reinstated a mandatory mask mandate for all guests and employees at its hotels and community.


The 2020 ANA BNC and Excellence in Advertising Awards
A virtual presentation

Due to COVID-19 cautions and restrictions the Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual convention had to be cancelled and the awards ceremony reimagined. We wish to thank our members who participated in the contests, the New Mexico Press Association for judging, and everyone who helped produce the live presentation on our Facebook page. Thank you for watching our live stream event on Oct. 15, 2020.

Watch a recording of the ceremony by clicking on the window below.
If you have questions, contact: j.okeefe@ananews.com


Contest Archives
The Arizona Newspapers Association supports excellence in journalism in all its many forms. View the archived press releases for the winners in the Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising Contest competitions.

We also recognize individuals that have fought for freedom of information with the Zenger Award and FOI Awards, and celebrate those who have made a lasting impression in Arizona journalism with our Hall of Fame awards.

Whether you entered the competitions, came to training sessions or just attended the award ceremonies, we sincerely appreciate that you help to make the contests and our annual conventions a success.


ANA Flickr Albums
Visit the ANA flickr page to see photos from our conventions and other ANA sponsored events.

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