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Welcome to the official site of the online 2015 EXCELLENCE IN LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE.

How does it work? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  • Step 1 – Account Set-up: Even if you entered previous Local Media Association contests, you MUST create a new account for this current contest. Click on Create an account now in the login area on the left.

  • Step 2 – Understanding Your Entries Page: When you log in for the first time with your temporary username and password, you will end up on your entries page. This page is the one you will refer to whenever you want to submit new entries, edit exhisting contest entries already submitted, upload files or proceed to the payment of these entries. Submitted entries can be modified up to the contest entry deadline – not after the deadline has passed.

  • Step 3 – Submitting Entries: Simply follow the step-by-step instructions for submitting each entry and uploading your material. There are several file formats acceptable for uploading your entries. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact LMA headquarters at: (888) 486-2466 or


    This Contest Recognizes the Best in the Industry

    The way local news is covered has changed dramatically over the past five years. Journalists now use technology in ways that we could never have imagined. LMA is excited to recognize these efforts with the all-new LMA "Excellence in Local News Coverage” contest.

    This contest recognizes excellence in journalism in 40 categories and the majority are new this year. Some of these exciting new categories focus on social, video and mobile such as Best Local News Coverage Using Social Media and Best Local News Coverage Using Streaming Video. The contest also recognizes the best news, feature, sports, entertainment coverage, as well as, Journalist of the Year and the new prestigious Local News Innovator of the Year.

    In addition to recognition for your company and your staff, this contest allows us to showcase the best efforts in local news coverage and share them with the industry. We will conduct a webinar to share some of the most innovative entries and will also publish all of the winning entries (with links) on our web site.

    This contest is open to all media companies regardless of medium including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations, websites, and other media serving the local community.

    All entries must have been produced by your local media company between October 15, 2014 – October 15, 2015.

    Each company may submit an unlimited number of entries within each category in the format they originally appeared (digital only; no print entries). For print entries, electronic tearsheets are acceptable

    All entries must be submitted online by midnight local time on December 11, 2015..

    All entries are to be submitted online.

    If you have any questions, please contact LMA Headquarters at 888-486-2466 or