BEND — The news staff of The News-Review garnered 19 awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards were handed out Thursday and Friday during the 126th annual ONPA Summer Convention at Seventh Mountain Resort.
In the coveted General Excellence category, The News-Review placed second among daily newspapers with circulations of 10,0001 to 25,000. The Mail-Tribune of Medford placed first, while the Albany Democrat-Herald placed third. The News-Review placed first in the 2012 contest. Since 1997, the newspaper has received nine first-place General Excellence awards. This is the staff’s fourth second-place finish during that time.
The newspaper staff members also competed for awards in news, sports, opinion and feature writing; page design and content; photography and photo essays; graphics; special sections; and elements of its website, nrtoday.com. The competition was judged by members of the Utah Press Association. All of the work judged was published during 2012.
Of the 19 awards, six were for first place, six were for second and seven were for third.
Following is a list of the awards and the winners.
Best Editorial Page — Vicki Menard, Don Jenkins, Tricia Jones, Rob McCallum.
Best Feature Story: Personality — Carisa Cegavske for “Clearing about the air,” about a state worker who lobbied for a ban on smoking in the workplace.
Best Writing — Inka Bajandas for three selections of her work.
Best Graphics — Julie Byrd-Jenkins for “Spring Rainfall” chart documenting a wet spring.
Best Sports Photo — Michael Sullivan for “Sutherlin’s Miranda Mendenhall and Kelsey Hill show their dejection,” a shot of two basketball players leaving the court after a season-ending loss.
Best Web Design — News-Review staff and Swift Communications for nrtoday.com.
General Excellence — News-Review staff.
Best Special Section — Umpqua Edition, News-Review staff.
Best Coverage of Business and Economic issues — Craig Reed for “Still active in the work place,” about Mary Esselstrom, a Roseburg Walmart worker on the job in her 90s.
Best Spot News — Garrett Andrews for “Gunman exchanges fire with police before surrendering,” a breaking news story about a shoot-out at a Roseburg motel.
Best Sports Photo — Michael Sullivan for “Umpqua triathlon ultimate test: Burt Tate of Roseburg stretches before the start,” a photo of a swimmer getting ready for a triathlon in Sutherlin.
Best Website — News-Review staff for nrtoday.com.
Best Enterprise Reporting — Inka Bajandas for “Pipe dream or nightmare?” about a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through Douglas County.
Best Feature Story: Personality — Garrett Andrews for “In sickness and in health” about Lyle Fenner, who faithfully tended to his ailing wife, Helen.
Best Sports Story — Josh McDermott, “Setting up the Indians,” a profile of stellar Roseburg High volleyball player Vanessa Bentley.
Best Editorial — Don Jenkins.
Best Writing — Josh McDermott for three selections of his work.
Best Page One Design — Doug Harvey and Nicholas Johnson.
Best Graphics — Julie Byrd-Jenkins, “Maintaining the marbled murrelet,” a graphic showing the habitat of the marbled murrelet, a threatened species.
A complete list of winners can be found on the ONPA website, orenews.com, under the tab “Members” and “Contests.”
ONPA, founded in 1887, is a professional association of the state’s daily and nondaily paid-circulation newspapers.