Excellence awards recognize those individuals or teams who through the practice of Independent’s core values help our newspapers achieve their journalistic mission, and in the process make Independent a better place in which to work and our communities better places in which to live.


  • Nominees must be employees of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
  • Their contributions must reflect the core values of Independent Newsmedia. Below is the list of values with a brief description of each.
  • A list of previous winners can be found at Excellence Awards link at Press Lines and can be a useful reference tool when preparing a nomination since previous winners cannot win more than once in the same category. Winners will be announced in late March or early April.


  • Nominations may be made by any employee.
  • Nominations must be made by the last Friday in February for achievements in the prior year.
  • Awards will be made in the March/April time frame.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You will receive e-mail confirmation that we have your nomination within 24 hours of sending it. If you DO NOT receive confirmation, contact us at inipayroll@newszap.com immediately.


Fill out the form below, then hit the "SUBMIT" button to send your nomination.