Better Newspaper Contest Results

2019 Contest Results

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Iowa Journalists Honored at 2019 Iowa Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Register was named Friday as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2019 "Newspaper of the Year." The award was announced at the association’s Awards Banquet during the INA 2019 Convention and Trade Show held February 6-8 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Presentations were also made to winners of the 2019 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the Indiana Press Association. Approximately 3,654 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. Daily Class I is for newspapers published daily with 9,999 circulation and less, Daily Class II is for newspapers published daily with 10,000 circulation and more. Weekly Class I is for newspapers published weekly with 1,001 circulation and less. Weekly Class II, 1,002 to 1,550 circulation; Weekly Class III, 1,551 and above circulation.

Winners in all contest categories are listed below.

General Excellence Contest Winners

Daily I:  First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Clinton Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter, Third Place- Clarksville Star and Gowrie News; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Jefferson Herald, Third Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen

Best of Class Advertisiting Contest Winners

Daily I: First Place- Spencer Daily Reporter, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Third Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Des Moines Register; Weekly I: First Place- New Sharon Sun, Second Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter, Third Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald; Weekly II: First Place- Parkersburg Eclipse-News-Review, Second Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter, Third Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Third Place- Hampton Chronicle

Specialty Reporting Contest Winners

Harrison "Skip" Weber Investigative Reporting Award

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Jared Strong; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Bennet Goldstein, Alicia Yager; Weekly II: First Place- Eldora Hardin Co. Index- Robert Maharry; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Sara Konrad Baranowski

Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Awards

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Annie Mehl; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Linh Ta; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Bill Monroe Innovation Award

First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette

Editorial Contest Winners

Best Editorial Pages

Daily I: First Place- Spencer Daily Reporter, Second Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Third Place- Clinton Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Sheffield Press, Second Place- Gowrie News; Weekly II: First Place- Riceville Monitor Recorder, Second Place- Bloomfield Democrat, Third Place- West Branch Times; Weekly III: First Place- Sioux Center News, Second Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review

Best Front Page

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Newton Daily News, Third Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Rockwell Pioneer Enterprise, Third Place- Prairie City News; Weekly II: First Place- West Branch Times, Second Place- Marengo Pioneer-Republican, Third Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader, Third Place- Sioux Center News

Best Sports Section

Daily I: First Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Panora Guthrie County Times Vedette, Second Place- Ackley World Journal, Third Place- Prairie City News; Weekly II: First Place- Marengo Pioneer-Republican, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Third Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen

Best Feature Page

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Sioux City Journal, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Greene Recorder, Second Place- Gowrie News, Third Place- Sheffield Press; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Second Place- Perry Chief, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald, Second Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review

Coverage of Government and Politics

Daily I: First Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian, Second Place- Fort Dodge Messenger, Third Place- Marshalltown Times Republican; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Waterloo Courier, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Clarksville Star, Second Place- Ackley World Journal, Third Place- Allison Butler Co. Tribune-Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Estherville News, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald, Second Place- Grundy Center Register, Third Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press

Coverage of Education

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Iowa City Press-Citizen, Third Place- Newton Daily News; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Eagle Grove Eagle, Second Place- Greene Recorder, Third Place- Allison Butler Co. Tribune-Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Hartley Sentinel-News, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Kalona News, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Third Place- Jefferson Herald

Coverage of Agriculture

Daily I: First Place- Clinton Herald, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Waterloo Courier, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Clarksville Star, Second Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Sumner Gazette, Second Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat; Weekly III: First Place- Denison Bulletin, Second Place- Eldridge North Scott Press, Third Place- Jefferson Herald

Coverage of Business

Daily I: First Place- Clinton Herald, Second Place- Fort Dodge Messenger, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Sioux City Journal, Third Place- Waterloo Courier; Weekly I: First Place- Clarksville Star, Second Place- Greene Recorder, Third Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Riceville Monitor Recorder; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Second Place- Eldridge North Scott Press, Third Place- Jefferson Herald

Coverage of Court and Crime

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Ottumwa Courier, Third Place- Clinton Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Third Place- Sigourney News Review; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Jefferson Herald, Third Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen

Best Special Section- Editorial

Daily I: First Place- Marshalltown Times Republican, Second Place- Newton Daily News, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Waterloo Courier, Third Place- Des Moines Register; Weekly I: First Place- Clarksville Star, Second Place- Gowrie News, Third Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Second Place- Riceville Monitor Recorder, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat; Weekly III: First Place- Knoxville Journal-Express, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent, Third Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader

Total Newspaper Design

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian; Daily II: First Place- Waterloo Courier, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Colfax Jasper Co. Tribune, Third Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Third Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Jefferson Herald, Third Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader

Community Leadership

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Marshalltown Times Republican; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Dayton Leader; Weekly II: First Place- Stuart Herald, Second Place- Tama News-Herald, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune; Weekly III: First Place- Cresco Times Plain Dealer, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent, Third Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press

Best Headline Writing

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Clinton Herald, Third Place- Le Mars Daily Sentinel; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- Sheffield Press, Second Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Riceville Monitor Recorder, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Third Place- Sully Hometown Press; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Third Place- Hampton Chronicle

Best Use of Graphics

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Clinton Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Sheffield Press, Second Place- Rockwell Pioneer Enterprise, Third Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Second Place- West Branch Times; Weekly III: First Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent, Second Place- Hampton Chronicle, Third Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press

Digital Contest Winners

Best Newspaper Website

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Spencer Daily Reporter, Third Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Waterloo Courier; Weekly I: First Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Cascade Pioneer; Weekly III: First Place- Dyersville Commercial, Second Place- Manchester Press, Third Place- Wilton-Durant Advocate News

Best Video

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Ames Iowa State Daily, Third Place- Des Moines Register; Weekly I: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Weekly II: First Place- Perry Chief, Second Place- Perry Chief, Third Place- Perry Chief; Weekly III: First Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent, Second Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Third Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent

Best Slideshow

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Ben Smith, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Joshua Housing, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Brandon Hurley; Daily II: First Place- Sioux City Journal- Justin Wan, Ian Richardson; Weekly I: First Place- Panora Guthrie County Times Vedette- Brandon Hurley, Second Place- La Porte City Progress-Review- Michael Whittlesey, Jane Whittlesey, Third Place- La Porte City Progress-Review- Michael Whittlesey, Mary Bauer; Weekly II: First Place- Guthrie Center Times- Brandon Hurley, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Dave Petrick, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Russ Mitchell; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent- Anelia Dimitrova, Eric VanSickle, Third Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Best Blog

Daily I: First Place- Clinton Herald- Scott Levine; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Todd Dorman, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Adam Sullivan, Third Place- Waterloo Courier- Jim Nelson; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Doris Welle, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Craig Shultz; Weekly III: First Place- Tipton Conservative- Ryan Stonebraker, Second Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Best Use of Social Media

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Iowa City Press-Citizen, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- McGregor North Iowa Times; Weekly II: First Place- Guthrie Center Times, Second Place- Akron Hometowner, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Second Place- Jefferson Herald, Third Place- Tipton Conservative

Best Podcast

Daily I: First Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal- Troy Banning, Ross Thede, Second Place- Ottumwa Courier- Matt Milner, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Brandon Hurley; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Staff, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Anthony Frenzel, Third Place- Des Moines Register- Staff; Weekly III: First Place- Tipton Conservative- Ryan Stonebraker, Second Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Marketing Contest Winners

Best Newspaper Marketing

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Clinton Herald, Third Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Manilla Times, Second Place- Ackley World Journal, Third Place- Dayton Leader; Weekly II: First Place- Westside Observer, Second Place- Westside Observer, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Second Place- Wilton-Durant Advocate News, Third Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader

Writing Contest Winners

Best News Story

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Gage Miskimen, Second Place- Marshalltown Times Republican- Staff, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Jared Strong; Daily II: First Place- Waterloo Courier- Kristin Guess, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- B.A. Morelli, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Bennet Goldstein, Alicia Yager; Weekly I: First Place- McGregor North Iowa Times- Audrey Posten, Second Place- Ackley World Journal- Becky Schipper, Third Place- Clarksville Star- Bethany Carson; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Elijah Decious, Second Place- Hartley Sentinel-News- Nicholas Pedley, Third Place- Buffalo Center Tribune- Andrew Shaw; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald- Andrew McGinn, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Lana Bradstream, Third Place- Jefferson Herald- Andrew McGinn

Best Breaking News Story

Daily I: First Place- Marshalltown Times Republican- Staff, Second Place- Mason City Globe Gazette- Ashley Miller, Third Place- Creston News Advertiser- Scott Vicker; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Tony Leys, Kathy Bolten, Luke Nozicka, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Kyle Munson, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Kat Russell; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal- Joe Benedict, Second Place- Gowrie News- Shari Everhart, Third Place- North Liberty Leader- Cale Stelken; Weekly II: First Place- Vinton Cedar Valley Times- Jim Morrison, Trenton Schlipper, Dustin Dawson, Mona Garwood, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Elijah Decious; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Ty Rushing, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent- Anelia Dimitrova, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Mark Mahoney

Best News Feature Story

Daily I: First Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil- Blake Baxter, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Rebecca McKinsey, Third Place- Creston News Advertiser- Larry Peterson; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Kathy Bolten, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Jason Clayworth, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- B.A. Morelli; Weekly I: First Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald- Jessica Jensen, Second Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter- Jeanne Visser, Third Place- North Liberty Leader- Cale Stelken; Weekly II: First Place- Mapleton Press- Jenna Comes, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Russ Mitchell, Third Place- Mediapolis News- Danny Davis; Weekly III: First Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press- Staff, Second Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press- Nick Joos, Third Place- Eldridge North Scott Press- Scott Campbell

Best Personality Feature Story

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Jared Strong, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Annie Mehl, Third Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil- Mike Brownlee; Daily II: First Place- Sioux City Journal- Dolly Butz, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Vanessa Miller, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Vanessa Miller; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal- Becky Schipper, Second Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald- Jessica Jensen, Third Place- Jesup Citizen Herald- Kim Adams; Weekly II: First Place- Garner Leader- Curran McLaughlin, Second Place- Coon Rapids Enterprise- Charles Nixon, Third Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun- Mark Mahoney; Weekly III: First Place- Kalona News- Jim Johnson, Second Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press- Kelly Gerlach, Third Place- Maquoketa Sentinel-Press- Kelly Gerlach

Best Sports Story

Daily I: First Place- Fort Dodge Messenger- Eric Pratt, Second Place- Marshalltown Times Republican- Ross Thede, Third Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal- Troy Banning; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Tim O'Neill, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Tommy Birch, Third Place- Des Moines Register- Danny Lawhon; Weekly I: First Place- Panora Guthrie County Times Vedette- Ashley Schable, Second Place- Ackley World Journal- Corey Meints, Third Place- Panora Guthrie County Times Vedette- Ashley Schable; Weekly II: First Place- Guthrie Center Times- Brandon Hurley, Second Place- Parkersburg Eclipse-News-Review- Jake Ryder, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Craig Shultz; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Justin Ites, Second Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Marissa VanWingen, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Jacob Hall

Best Sports Feature Story

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Jared Strong, Second Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian- Colin Peters, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Brandon Hurley; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- John Naughton, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Cody Goodwin, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Steve Ortman; Weekly I: First Place- Panora Guthrie County Times Vedette- Brandon Hurley, Second Place- Allison Butler Co. Tribune-Journal- Kristi Nixon, Third Place- Slater Tri-County Times- Lynn Marr-Moore; Weekly II: First Place- Coon Rapids Enterprise- Charles Nixon, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Third Place- Cascade Pioneer- Craig Purcell; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Justin Ites, Second Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Marissa VanWingen, Third Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Best Series

Daily I: First Place- Clinton Herald- Scott Levine, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Staff, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Annie Mehl; Daily II: First Place- Sioux City Journal- Staff, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Lee Rood, Rodney White, Tim Webber, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Jeff Montgomery; Weekly I: First Place- McGregor North Iowa Times- Audrey Posten, Second Place- Slater Tri-County Times- Marlys Barker, Andrew Gogerty, T.K. West, Third Place- Clarksville Star- Bethany Carson; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Dana Larsen, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Randy Cauthron, Russ Mitchell, Third Place- Hartley Sentinel-News- Nicholas Pedley; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Sara Konrad Baranowski, Second Place- Denison Bulletin- Dan Mundt, Third Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Excellence In Editorial Writing

Daily I: First Place- Spencer Daily Reporter- Paula Buenger, Second Place- Ottumwa Courier- Matt Milner, Third Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Isabella Rosario; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Brian Cooper, Amy Gilligan, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Adam Sullivan, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Lynda Waddington; Weekly I: First Place- Dayton Leader- Kendra Breitsprecher; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Second Place- Vinton Cedar Valley Times- Jim Morrison, Third Place- West Branch Times- Gregory Norfleet; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Tom Lawrence, Second Place- Dyersville Commercial- Staff, Third Place- Eldridge North Scott Press- Mark Ridolfi

Master Columnist

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Wylliam Smith, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Annie Mehl, Third Place- Spencer Daily Reporter- Colin Van Westen; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Rekha Basu, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Amy Gilligan, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Todd Dorman; Weekly I: First Place- Dayton Leader- Kendra Breitsprecher, Second Place- Gowrie News- Sara Downs, Third Place- Prairie City News- Dana King; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Dana Larsen, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Russ Mitchell, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat- Randy Evans; Weekly III: First Place- Eldridge North Scott Press- Scott Campbell, Second Place- Eldridge North Scott Press- Bill Tubbs, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Ken Fuson

Best Sports Columnist

Daily I: First Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil- Kevin White, Second Place- Charles City Press- John Burbridge, Third Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal- Troy Banning; Daily II: First Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Bohnenkamp, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Chad Leistikow, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Mike Hlas; Weekly I: First Place- Prairie City News- Troy Hyde; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Dana Larsen, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat- Scott Spurgeon; Weekly III: First Place- Eldridge North Scott Press- Scott Campbell, Second Place- DeWitt Observer- Ross Eberhart, Third Place- Jefferson Herald- Brandon Hurley

Photography Contest Winners

Best News Photo

Daily I: First Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil- Joe Shearer, Second Place- Clinton Herald- Rachael Keating, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger- Hans Madsen; Daily II: First Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Lovretta, Second Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Lovretta, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Jim Slosiarek; Weekly I: First Place- Morning Sun News-Herald- Dana Royer, Second Place- Ackley World Journal- Becky Schipper, Third Place- Clarksville Star- Chris Barragy; Weekly II: First Place- Bloomfield Democrat- Scott Spurgeon, Second Place- Sumner Gazette- Angie Daniels, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Dana Larsen; Weekly III: First Place- Denison Bulletin- Gordon Wolf, Second Place- Bellevue Herald-Leader- Kim Galloway, Third Place- Altoona Herald-Index- Michael Rolands

Best Breaking News Photo

Daily I: First Place- Charles City Press- Thomas Nelson, Second Place- Centerville Daily Iowegian- Kyle Ocker, Third Place- Mason City Globe Gazette- Chris Zoeller; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Rodney White, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Stephen Mally, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Cliff Jette; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal- Joe Benedict; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes, Second Place- Hartley Sentinel-News- Nicholas Pedley, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Seth Boyes; Weekly III: First Place- Ida Grove Ida County Courier- Amy Forbes, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent- Eric VanSickle, Third Place- DeWitt Observer- Brooke Taylor

Best Sports Photo

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Ben Smith, Second Place- Marshalltown Times Republican- Thorn Compton, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger- Britt Kudla; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Stephen Mally, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Dave Kettering, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Jim Slosiarek; Weekly I: First Place- Dayton Leader- Rich Abrahamson, Second Place- North Liberty Leader- Chris Umscheid, Third Place- Ackley World Journal- Corey Meints; Weekly II: First Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs, Second Place- Bloomfield Democrat- Scott Spurgeon, Third Place- Vinton Cedar Valley Times- Dustin Dawson; Weekly III: First Place- Dyersville Commercial- Don Zieser, Second Place- Indianola Record-Herald & Tribune- Michael Rolands, Third Place- Denison Bulletin- Todd Danner

Best Sports Feature Photo

Daily I: First Place- Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil- Joe Shearer, Second Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal- Troy Banning, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger- Britt Kudla; Daily II: First Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Lovretta, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Dave Kettering, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Eileen Meslar; Weekly I: First Place- North Liberty Leader- Chris Umscheid, Second Place- Colfax Jasper Co. Tribune- Troy Hyde, Third Place- Dayton Leader- Rich Abrahamson; Weekly II: First Place- West Branch Times- Gregory Norfleet, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Josh Harrell, Second Place- Kalona News- Jim Johnson, Third Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Justin Ites

Best News Feature Photo

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- James Year, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Olivia Sun, Third Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- James Year; Daily II: First Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Rebecca Miller, Second Place- Des Moines Register- Brian Powers, Third Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Lovretta; Weekly I: First Place- North Liberty Leader- Chris Umscheid, Second Place- North Liberty Leader- Cale Stelken, Third Place- McGregor North Iowa Times- Audrey Posten; Weekly II: First Place- Sumner Gazette- Amanda Moenk, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs, Third Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune- Dana Larsen; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald- Andrew McGinn, Second Place- Clear Lake Mirror Reporter- Chris Barragy, Third Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Corey Meints

Best Photo Story

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Ben Smith, Second Place- Clinton Herald- Rachael Keating, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Jeff Storjohann; Daily II: First Place- Burlington Hawk Eye- John Lovretta, John Gaines, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Rebecca Miller, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald- Eileen Meslar; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal- Corey Meints, Second Place- Jewell South Hamilton Record-News- Scott Ervin, Third Place- Ackley World Journal- Becky Schipper; Weekly II: First Place- Bloomfield Democrat- Scott Spurgeon, Second Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Dave Petrick, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News- Matt Heinrichs; Weekly III: First Place- Jefferson Herald- Andrew McGinn, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Rylan Howe, Third Place- Indianola Record-Herald & Tribune- Michael Rolands

Advertisting Contest Winners

Best Ad Featuring Grocery/Food/Entertainment

Daily I: First Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Second Place- Clinton Herald, Third Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- Aurelia Star, Second Place- Allison Butler Co. Tribune-Journal, Third Place- Gowrie News; Weekly II: First Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate, Second Place- Garner Leader, Third Place- Westside Observer; Weekly III: First Place- Monticello Express, Second Place- Eldridge North Scott Press, Third Place- Hampton Chronicle

Best Ad Featuring Financial, Insurance, or Other Professional Service

Daily I: First Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Des Moines Register; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter, Third Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun, Second Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun, Third Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Kalona News, Third Place- Monticello Express

Best Ad Featuring Furniture, Furnishings, Appliances or Hardware

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Fort Dodge Messenger, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Third Place- Des Moines Register; Weekly I: First Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Bloomfield Democrat, Second Place- Cascade Pioneer, Third Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter; Weekly III: First Place- Monticello Express, Second Place- Dyersville Commercial, Third Place- Eldridge North Scott Press

Best Ad Featuring Automotive, Boats, Aircraft, Tires, Gasoline, Etc.

Daily I: First Place- Fort Dodge Messenger, Second Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald, Second Place- Gowrie News; Weekly II: First Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate, Second Place- Bloomfield Democrat, Third Place- Bloomfield Democrat; Weekly III: First Place- Wilton-Durant Advocate News, Second Place- Grundy Center Register, Third Place- Algona Kossuth County Advance;

Best Ad Featuring Miscellaneous

Daily I: First Place- Spencer Daily Reporter, Second Place- Oelwein Daily Register, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- Ackley World Journal, Second Place- Holstein Advance, Third Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter, Second Place- Mapleton Press, Third Place- Eldora Hardin Co. Index; Weekly III: First Place- Algona Kossuth County Advance, Second Place- Waverly Bremer Co. Independent, Third Place- Independence Bulletin-Journal

Best Special Section Advertising

Daily I: First Place- Fort Dodge Messenger, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Waterloo Courier, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Waterloo Courier; Weekly I: First Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter, Second Place- Aurelia Star; Weekly II: First Place- Parkersburg Eclipse-News-Review, Second Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter, Third Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Algona Kossuth County Advance, Third Place- DeWitt Observer

Best Ad Series or Campaign Featuring Any Service or Merchandise Category

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Clinton Herald, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Weekly I: First Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald, Second Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald; Weekly II: First Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Second Place- Vinton Cedar Valley Times, Third Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun; Weekly III: First Place- Ida Grove Ida County Courier, Second Place- Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Third Place- Anamosa Journal-Eureka

Best Ad Idea for a Community Promotion or Event

Daily I: First Place- Spencer Daily Reporter, Second Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Sioux City Journal, Second Place- Des Moines Register, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- New Sharon Sun, Second Place- Gowrie News, Third Place- Ackley World Journal; Weekly II: First Place- Mapleton Press, Second Place- Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Third Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun; Weekly III: First Place- Hampton Chronicle, Second Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review

Agricultural Advertising

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald, Second Place- Clinton Herald, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald; Daily II: First Place- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette; Weekly I: First Place- Gowrie News, Second Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter, Third Place- Inwood West Lyon Herald; Weekly II: First Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun, Second Place- Rock Rapids Lyon Co. Reporter, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Second Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review, Third Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review

Best Web Advertisement

Daily I: First Place- Clinton Herald, Second Place- Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal, Third Place- Fort Dodge Messenger; Daily II: First Place- Sioux City Journal, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette, Third Place- Sioux City Journal; Weekly I: First Place- Hull Sioux Co. Index-Reporter; Weekly II: First Place- Cascade Pioneer, Second Place- Cascade Pioneer, Third Place- Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; Weekly III: First Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, Second Place- Dyersville Commercial, Third Place- Manchester Press

Best Ad Designer

Daily I: First Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Beckham Miller, Second Place- Iowa City Daily Iowan- Heidi Owen, Third Place- Carroll Daily Times Herald- Sasha Backhaus; Daily II: First Place- Des Moines Register- Wade Breitsprecher, Second Place- Cedar Rapids Gazette- Michele Maakestad, Third Place- Des Moines Register- Suzanne Milosevich; Weekly I: First Place- Gowrie News- Tonya Harrison, Second Place- Aurelia Star- Becky Brunning; Weekly II: First Place- Lake City Graphic-Advocate- Monica Edeker, Second Place- Sheldon Mail-Sun- Krystal Poppema, Third Place- Westside Observer- Heather Edmonds; Weekly III: First Place- Sheldon N'West Iowa Review- Krystal Poppema, Second Place- Iowa Falls Times-Citizen- Brent Lennard, Third Place- Kalona News- Anna Kahn

 

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