Best of the West Media Awards

Honoring Media Excellence and Service to the Community

Nominate yourself, your company, or anyone worthy of being recognized!

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About the Awards

While the American Advertising Awards competition honors the best local creative work, and Press Clubs honor excellence in Journalism, the Best of the West Media Awards honors excellence in media and service to the community.

The service that an individual or organization provide to the community through media comprise the major qualifications for Best of the West awards. Sub-categories for many awards will ensure that outlets in different sized markets will compete with those of similar sizes. Awards are presented to honor work and activities from October 1 of the previous year through September 30 of the current year.

Schedule
  • Nominations Open: August 30, 2021
  • Nominations Deadline: October 22, 2021
  • Judging Period: October 11-24, 2021
  • Announcement of Finalists: November 1, 2021
  • Awards Presentation (online): November 18, 2021 (Subject to Change with notice)
Entry Fees

Company & Individual Entry: $45

Student Entry: $35

Award Boundaries

The Award boundaries will mirror the American Advertising Federation Western Region boundaries which includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the El Paso market area of Texas.

Company Awards

Individual Awards

Student Awards

Company Awards

Given to companies or organizations for excellence in media and service to the community

Radio Broadcaster of the Year

  • Large Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 1-50)
  • Mid-size Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 51-100)
  • Small Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 101+)

Television Broadcaster of the Year

  • Large Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 1-50)
  • Mid-Size Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 51 – 100)
  • Small Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 101+)

Newspaper of the Year

  • Print Circulation 200,000 or more
  • Print Circulation 50,000 – 200,000
  • Print Circulation Under 50,000

Outdoor Company of the Year

  • Large Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 1-50)
  • Mid-Size Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 51 – 100)
  • Small Market (Nielsen Markets Ranking 101+)

Magazine of the Year

Website of the Year

Blog/Podcast of the Year

Advertising Agency of the Year

  • Over $50 million in billing
  • $10 million to $50 million in billing
  • Under $10 million in billing

Media Agency of the Year

  • Over $50 million in billing
  • $10 million to $50 million in billing
  • Under $10 million in billing

Governmental Media Outlet of the Year

  • Print
  • Radio/TV/Internet

Locally-produced radio or television show of the Year

Public Service Campaign or Event of the Year

Best Coverage of a local news story of the Year

Individual Awards

Given to individuals for excellence in media and service to the community

Media Professional of the Year

Media Talent of the Year

Agency Professional of the Year

Young Achiever of the Year

Student Awards

Given to individual students and student media clubs/organizations for excellence in media and service to the community.

Best College Media Outlet of the Year

  • Radio, TV, or Newspaper

Best College Website/Blog of the Year

Best Student Media Representative of the Year

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