More than 160 first-place awards for excellence in news, editorial and advertising were announced during the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s 131st convention April 26 in Rapid City.
Awards were given in categories for news and sports writing, editorial and column writing, photography, page design and advertising.
General excellence awards were won in various circulation categories by the Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun, Custer County Chronicle, Mobridge Tribune, The Daily Republic at Mitchell and the Rapid City Journal. General excellence awards are given to the top newspapers in each circulation group, as determined by judges.
Sweepstakes awards went to the Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun, Custer County Chronicle, Yankton County Observer, The Daily Republic at Mitchell and the Rapid City Journal. Sweepstakes awards are based on the number of awards won in various categories within a newspaper’s circulation group.
The Outstanding Young Journalist among daily newspapers was given to Luke Hagen, a reporter at The Daily Republic. Carrie Moore, a staff member at the Custer County Chronicle, was named Outstanding Young Journalist among all weekly newspapers.
SDNA gives awards in the Better Newspapers Contest in conjunction with its annual convention. More than 70 newspapers entered this year’s contest, which was judged by members of the Oklahoma Press Association.
South Dakota Newspaper Association, founded in 1882 and Based in Brookings, represents 130 weekly and daily newspapers with a total readership of more than 600,000.