Winning several awards at the Nebraska Press Association ‘Better Newspaper Contest’ on April 12 was The Grant Tribune-Sentinel and its sister publications, The Wauneta Breeze and The Imperial Republican.
Newspapers were judged on the quality of their writing, photography and design work that was published in 2013. The NPA contest was judged by members of the South Dakota Press Association.
The Tribune-Sentinel won seven Class B awards, which includes newspapers with a circulation between 860 and 1,499.
The Tribune-Sentinel earned third place honors for general excellence. The paper took home first place honors for its lifestyles section. Jan Rahn won second place in the ‘in-depth writing’ category and DeAnn Zwickl won second place for the classified section.
The Tribune-Sentinel took third place for its editorial page, community promotion advertising and its web site.
The Imperial Republican earned nine awards at the annual Nebraska Press Association convention, held in Grand Island on April 11-12.
The Republican competes in Class C, weekly newspapers with a circulation between 1,501 and 2,800.
The Republican took first place honors for a veterans signature page, their classified page, a volleyball sports feature photo taken by Jan Schultz, a Santa feature photo taken by Jan Schultz and for editorial writing.
The Republican earned second place for general excellence, a breaking news photo of an arrest by T-Junction taken by Jan Schultz and for reader interaction. The paper also earned third place for editorial pages.
The Wauneta Breeze was named second in Class A, weekly newspapers with circulation under 1,000, based on total points.
Breeze staff earned a total of five first place finishes in reader interaction, ad copywriting, special section with multiple publication dates (125th anniversary edition), web site and front page.
The Breeze was second in classified section, single classified ad in black and white, sports feature photo, news photography, personal column, editorial page, general excellence and the Weekly Class A award.
The Breeze was third in advertising campaign, sports feature photo, sports page, youth coverage, specialty pages and editorial writing.