Thursday, June 13, 2019

National Newspaper Association contest results announced; Wyoming papers take 3 of 5 awards for general excellence

The front page of this week's Buffalo Bulletin
Wyoming newspapers won three of the five general-excellence awards in the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest of the National Newspaper Association, the main trade association for community papers. The Rural Blog plans to excerpt some of the individual winning work; for now, here are the winners in the General Excellence category:

Dailies: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyo., first; Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, S.D., second.
Non-dailies with circulation of 10,000 or more: Park Cities People, Dallas; Livingston Parish News, Denham Springs, La., second; The Examiner, Beaumont, Texas, third.
Non-dailies, 6,000-9,999: Jackson Hole News&Guide, Jackson, Wyo; The Taos News, Taos, N.M., second; Yamhill Valley News-Register, McMinnville, Ore, third.
Non-dailies, 3,000-5,999: Buffalo Bulletin, Buffalo, Wyo.; The Highlands Current, Cold Spring, N.Y., second; The Galena Gazette, Galena, Ill., third.
Non-dailies, less than 3,000 circulation: The Ark, Tiburon, Calif.; Nogales International, Nogales, Ariz.; Shelter Island Reporter, Shelter Island, N.Y.

The contest categories include some open to both dailies and non-dailies. One of those is the Civic/Community Service Award, won by The Galena Gazette for a 32-page section looking back at the influenza epidemic of 1918, partly as a device to remind readers to get their flu shots. "The influenza project actually started 10 or more years ago when I did a series of stories about how the flu pandemic of 1918 impacted Galena," Publisher Carter Newton told us. "Late last summer, based on issues with influenza in the community and our country in January-March of 2018, we proposed to our local hospital that we dust off the series and add current stories about influenza, the impact of influenza in 2018, the importance of vaccination, how the hospital and health authorities would handle a health crisis today." The hospital sponsored the section, at left. The Vilas County News-Review of Eagle River, Wis., won second place for its "Warm the Children" campaign that collected $80,000 to buy coats for 591 kids in a county where a national snowmobile tournament is held. The Buffalo Bulletin won third place, but its entry was not specified in the contest list.

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