The North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention was held this last weekend in Fargo, featuring a variety of seminars along with award presentations recognizing the creative talent of newspaper staffs around the state.
We too seldom draw attention to our accomplishments so we wanted to utilize this space this week to recognize our staff for injecting their all into every product we produce, ultimately resulting in some well-deserved recognition substantiated annually by NDNA awards earned in a variety of categories.
The word 'staff' in our office happens to be defined by the sum of seven, all key to the day-to-day scheme of things - Paula Bonzer, Crystal Rubertus, Virginia Westman, Will Foss, Jamie Grant, Tyler Shoberg and myself.
Competing against 17 other weekly newspapers in our circulation category, we are typically able to hold our own and this year's convention was no different, with 'staff' bringing home awards in news, advertising, and 'special section' areas.
Awards included - in the news category:
Tyler Shoberg, two first place awards, one for sports reporting - the story Dynasty Continues; and the second - standing news front for a sports page he designed while working for the Grand Forks Herald prior to coming to the Pioneer; and two third places, one for sports page section and the second for sports reporting - the Red River Valley Speedway series;
Karen Huber, first place, along with staff for best editorial section, the 2009 Pioneer Days review; second place for reporting Property Tax Exemption story; and third place for government reporting series for three Golf Course stories.
In the advertising categories:
Jamie Grant took a first place award for best promotion of the newspaper - readership; and staff took a first place award for Special Advertising Section for Pioneer Days 2009.
Jamie Grant and Will Foss took second place for a food ad, Big Iron - Speedway; in the same category, Jamie Grant and Crystal Rubertus took third place for Seasoned Greetings - Taco John's; in the vehicle ad division, Jamie Grant and Will Foss, earned second place honors for Don't Slip and Slide - Dave's Tires, and an honorable mention for ad series for three Dave's Tire ads.
In the photography category, Jamie Grant, earned an honorable mention for her feature shot Hearts.
Competing among website entries, the Pioneer also brought home second place honors for best website, with Jamie Grant leading the charge.
Even though the accolades aren't always visibly or vocally expressed, this extra effort doesn't go unnoticed. Thanks to everyone for a job well done.