The Public Notice Research Center, in cooperation with American Court and Commercial Newspaper members, has launched its first-ever Public Notice Journalism Contest to recognize excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notice.

PNRC co-director Tonda Rush announced the 2014 contest at the December 2013 Newspaper Association Managers conference in Washington. Information from PNRC and ACCN presidents will be sent to state associations, urging them to participate.

The contest – with state awards of $200 and a national prize of $700 – is open to stories which cite the public notice requirements and refer readers to the publication in which it appeared, or stories in which the notice was not met or was deficient. Entries may be either print or digital format.

National award winners will be selected from state association submission and from an at-large category. One national award will be presented in March 2014 for a story published in 2013. No state awards will be given in 2014. More information is available here.

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