NAMPA 2020 – Our Paper Won Best In Show!

NAMPA 2020 Best In Show

The Montana Senior News was the recipient of the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) 2020 BEST IN SHOW award for Division B (circulation 25,001 to 50,000).

NAMPA, the only non-profit association of senior/boomer publications, announced its top awards for publishing excellence at the 2020 National Virtual Convention on October 7, 2020 via ZOOM conferencing. Publications were independently judged by the prestigious University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

This year had 165 award winners in a wide variety of categories, including general excellence, writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, and website excellence. The Montana Senior News and its sister publication, the Idaho Senior Independent, brought in a total of 23 awards from this year’s event.

Commitment to Our Audience

“We hear from our readers often how we are doing, and these awards solidify our commitment to our audience,” said Bob Hunt, publisher of both papers. “Judged by one of the top journalism institutions, we know now that we rank with the best newspapers in America.”

Both publications have a long-standing presence in their respective states. With a current circulation of 36K across Montana, MSN has been providing content to the state’s 50+ demographic for more than 35 years, while the ISI paper, with a current circulation of 33K throughout Idaho, has been serving seniors for more than 16 years.

Recognition Three Years Running

This is the third year in a row the papers have received national recognition from the NAMPA awards.

“Our small team behind the curtain is producing quality, and I can’t be more proud,” said Hunt.

Breakdown of Awards


First Place Recognition
Second Place Recognition
Third Place Recognition
Best In Show


Idaho Senior Independent

First Place Recognition
    • Most Improved
    • Senior Issue: Opioid Crisis 1 and 2 (Debbie Burke and Dr. Ann Bukacek)
Second Place Recognition

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