The Big Sky Weekly has placed in at least 11 awards categories in the annual Montana Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Competing in a division against other weeklies and smaller dailies, the Weekly placed in the following categories: Spot News Coverage, Short Feature Story, Government Issues, Government Issues, Environment/Natural Resources Issues, Lifestyle Coverage, Mark Henckel Outdoors Award, Front Page, Outdoors Page, Black and White Ad, Single House Ad.

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association judged approximately 700 entries in the Weekly’s division, said MNA executive director John Barrows.

The actual placements in each category will be revealed Saturday, June 16, at the 127th Annual Montana Newspaper Association convention at Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky.

“I think the awards serve a [few] purposes,” Barrows said. “One, they recognize really good work. Two, they force newspapers to sit down every year and analyze what they’re doing. And three, they point out and give you the ability to see what others are doing and help you to compare the product.”

That, he said, is why it’s called the “better” newspaper contest.