North Dakota Newspapers took home gold last week, scoring a victory in the Dakota Top Newspaper Contest, sweeping three of the five General Excellence Circulation categories and winning the Traveling Trophy in the Rivalry Contest. newspapers from North and South Dakota.
The awards competition is held every two years at the two-state joint convention this year in Deadwood, South Dakota.
The Bismarck Tribune, Jamestown Sun and Hillsboro Banner each won in their broadcast classes, with the judges noting their excellence in advertising, editing and design.
The Tribune prevailed among all dailies with circulation of over 7,001 in both states. âWhile all of the entries were strong, the Tribune stood out for a number of reasons: excellent photography, an engaging editorial page with local editorials, exceptional local coverage and a clean, modern design,â wrote the judges. âExcellent work, Tribune staff! “
The Jamestown Sun took first place among the Dakota dailies with print runs of up to 7,000 copies. âThe Sun is an excellent little daily. It’s packed with local news and showed with its Progress edition in March 2021 that newspapers can still sell a bunch of local ads if they have the content to justify it. The sun brought him out of the park with his “Essential to Jamestown” edition, ânoted the judges. The edition featured stories related to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the mid-size weekly newspaper division, the Hillsboro banner was again recognized as the top competitor among the Dakota newspapers. âIt was a competitive broadcast group, but the Hillsboro banner stood out for a number of reasons,â the judges noted. âAmong them: attractive and engaging design, solid local content, unprecedented cover and sports pages, a good editorial page and excellent reporting / writing. “
Each winning newspaper was awarded at the joint convention banquet on Friday, October 15, with an individual first-place trophy, and the Best of the Dakotas Traveling Trophy returned home to North Dakota after being awarded to the newspapers of the South Dakota in 2019. “We are delighted to be honored with the Best of the Dakotas award this year, recognizing the hard work and talent of our many North Dakota journalists,” said Sarah Elmquist Squires, Executive Director of The North Dakota Newspaper Association. “Residents of our state are blessed with unprecedented media coverage in their hometown newspapers, which gives them the knowledge to make a difference and keep our communities strong.”