The staff of the Mineral Daily News Tribune brought home 12 editorial and design awards and seven advertising awards from the 2011 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest at the Annual West Virginia Press Association Convention and trade show this weekend. In doing so, your hometown daily newspaper earned two additional awards, taking home the press association’s biggest awards of the year. The News Tribune received a third place General Excellence honor for overall excellence in both editorial and advertising. This was the second year in row that the Mineral Daily News Tribune received the third place General Excellence honor for their editorial work.
Managing editor Liz Beavers, opinion page editor/staff writer Richard Kerns, photographer Lee Brown, and former news editor/page designer Andrew Arthur all earned first place awards for editorial, photography and design entries in the editorial competition, while composing/graphics staff member Benni Smith, advertising representative, Henica Zacari , and former advertising rep Vicki Haggerty earned first place awards for individual ads.
The Mineral Daily News Tribune competes in Division III of the contest and is judged with newspapers with circulations of up to 15,000. The Elkins Inter-Mountain, with a circulation of 10,300, and the Fairmont Times-West Virginian, with a circulation of 10.500, earned second and first place General Excellence, respectively.
Beavers and publisher Dave Boden represented the newspaper at the Better Newspaper Awards Banquet held Saturday evening at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown while advertising rep Gene Kuykendall attended the Advertising Awards Luncheon Friday at the same location.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for our team at the News Tribune” said News Tribune Publisher, Dave Boden. “I do not believe there is another newspaper publisher in the entire state of West Virginia who is as blessed as I am to have a group of people who are this self-motivated. Truly this staff’s desire to be ‘the best’ is evident everyday by the results of their hard work. For that, our readers and advertisers get a newspaper that we are very proud to publish.”
Beavers' first-place award was in the category of Best Lifestyles Feature Writing and was for the story “Six Months on the Appalachian Trail,” about Burlington resident Aaron Agnew's experience hiking the historic 2,178-mile trail.
Kerns earned two first place awards – one for his editorial, “Cook-off meant to help town,” which took the Keyser City Council to task for squashing plans for a chili cook-off in downtown Keyser, and a second for the photo “Walled-in books,” which depicted Keyser Library director Connie Sutton reaching outside a library window to clear ice from the frozen side of the building.
Brown, a stringer who regularly contributes sports photos to the News Tribune, earned a first place Best Sports Photograph category for his photo “Keyser's Meghan Anderson slides in.”
Page 2 of 2 - Arthur, who is currently working for a newspaper in Arizona, earned three first place awards – one for editorial in the Best Headline News category and two for design in the Best Single Issues and Best Front Page categories.
Other editorial awards included:
Best Sports Photography: Raymond Burner, second place, “Frankfort's Ethan Landis.”
Best Special Section: Andrew Arthur and staff, third place, “Kelley: The Man, the Award, the Legacy.”
Best Newspaper Design: Andrew Arthur, third place.
Best Sports News Writing: Michael Minnich, third place, “A perfect 10: Frankfort rallies.”
Best Front Page: Andrew Arthur, third place.
In the advertising awards, Bennie Smith and Henica Zacari earned a first place for a full-page ad from David Webb in the Best Political Ad category. While Smith and Vicki Haggerty and a first place for a Studio 757 ad in the Best Single Black and White Ad category and the two also won first place for a color In the Skin Deuce ad in the Best Process Color category.
The News Tribune took first, second and third place in their circulation division in the Best Political Ad category, with Smith and Haggerty earning a second place for a Dave Sypolt ad; and Smith and Zacari earning a third place for a Wayne Spiggle ad.
Other advertising awards included:
Best Single B&W Ad Over a Half Page: Smith and Haggerty, second place for Wag-A-Lot Treats.
Best Process Color Under a Half Page: Smith and Haggerty, third place for In the Skin Deuce.
The 2011 Better Newspaper Contest honors the best of journalism from all over the state and entries must have been published sometime between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, 2011.