There are many reasons why public notices belong in newspapers and on their websites, not on obscure government websites. Among those reasons is the fact that newspapers have reporters who can follow up on the newsworthy notices published in their papers. By reporting on notices, newspapers ensure that matters that are important to their communities — like public meetings, zoning applications, foreclosure sales, government and corporate disposal of private property, etc. — receive the attention they deserve.

PNRC’s Public Notice Journalism Contest, which began in 2014, highlights the best newspaper reporting based on public notices. The competition celebrates the reporters and editors who bring these important stories to life.

The winning entry receives a $500 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to receive the award during a special ceremony held at the National Press Club.

The winner of the 2018 contest was announced in February. We will include information here about the 2019 contest when the competition gets started.

Please visit this page for more information about the rules and the entry process.