News Item: Herald and Sun win awards at SDNA Better Newspaper Contest
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Posted by Lucy
Wednesday May 09, 2018

Herald and Sun win awards at SDNA Better Newspaper Contest

   South Dakota Newspaper Association’s contest to identify and spotlight the best work done by newspapers across the state last year took center stage during the association’s annual meeting in May.
   Award winners were announced during the 136th annual SDNA convention May 3-5 in Sioux Falls. Awards were given for both advertising and news/editorial categories.
   The contest’s top awards were given for General Excellence, a measure of the newspaper overall – reporting, writing, photography, opinion, design, advertising. The SDNA General Excellence Awards are recognized as the measure of a newspaper’s overall quality and commitment to journalism.
   The Lyman County Herald staff, Connie Penny and Angela Eves won first-place in the Best Classified Section for newspapers with circulation of 1,151 and under. Columnist Travis Hutchison won first-place in the Best Local Humorous column with his submissions to the Herald.
   Herald staff members work diligently every week to bring the weekly news of Lyman County to subscribers. Travis’ column has been a great addition to the Herald,” said publisher Lucy Halverson.
   The Herald’s sister paper the Chamberlain/Oacoma SUN received third-place in the General Excellence Category for newspapers with circulation of 1,51-2,000.
   The judges had this to say about the Sun, “Consistent news coverage.”
   Sun Publisher Halverson stated, “It’s always an honor to be recognized for your work. Sun staff members strive to report on the news and happenings of the Chamberlain/Oacoma area in a concise and timely manner.”
   Other awards went to Amy Blum, first-place Best Feature Story- “Cattle family shows strong for three Generations” about the Rod Peterson’s family record for winning Showmanship at the Western Junior Livestock Show, Garrett Ammesmaki won third-place in the Best Spot News Photo, and Holly Endres received second-place for Best Classified Section.
   Journalists at newspapers in Maine judged this year’s contest.
   SDNA Executive Director David Bordewyk expressed appreciation to the judges from Maine newspapers.
   This was the first time we have exchanged judging with Maine newspapers. We look forward to reciprocating later this year,” Bordewyk said.
   Once again, we heard from judges about the overall quality of work being demonstrated by newspapers in our contest,” Bordewyk said. “Maine judges said the quality of entries made for some very competitive and interesting categories.”
   One significant change to this year’s contest was the change in the circulation break for dailies from 12,000 to 10,000. Bordewyk said the change was made by the SDNA Board in order to maintain the three daily newspapers in the largest
   There were 1,407 entries in this year’s contest.

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