Tea Weekly does well in state contest


Quality journalism, and all that goes in to publishing quality newspapers, is the hallmark of this year’s winners in the SDNA Better Newspapers Contest.

Award winners were announced during the 135th annual SDNA convention April 28 in Aberdeen. Awards were given for both advertising and news/editorial categories.

Independent Publishing is proud to have had a great showing for both newspapers, Tea Weekly and The Lennox Independent.

Awards include:

Tea Weekly—1st Place, Best Advertising Sales Tool (Jonathan Kruger);1st Place, Best Sports Series (Anne Homan); 2nd Place, Best Feature Photo (Wendy Sweeter); 2nd Place, Best Photo Series (Kelli Bultena); 2nd Place, Best Sports Column All Weeklies (Anne Homan); 2nd Place, Best Multi Advertiser Section (Staff); 3rd Place, Best Newspaper Promotion (Kelli Bultena).

The Lennox Independent—1st Place, Best Newspaper Website All Weeklies (Kelli Bultena); 2nd Place, Best Special Issue (Staff); 3rd Place, Best Headline Writing (Kelli Bultena, Anne Homan);

3rd Place, Best Typography & Design (Debbie Schmidt, Kelli Bultena, Publishers); 3rd Place, Best Multi Advertiser Section (Staff); 3rd Place, Best Series Ad Idea (Jonathan Kruger);

Journalists at newspapers in Wyoming judged this year’s contest.

SDNA Executive Director David Bordewyk said Wyoming judges did thorough and thoughtful work in judging our contest. He expressed SDNA’s appreciation for their efforts. SDNA will judge the Wyoming contest last this year.

There were 1,511 entries in the 2016 SDNA contest.

This year’s contest featured a few new categories specific to digital work in both the advertising and news/editorial. The SDNA Board approved the new digital-only categories earlier this year.

“While we didn’t have a great number of entries in those new categories this year, I suspect they will grow in time as members expand what they are doing in the digital arena,” Bordewyk said. “Nonetheless, the core of our contest remains focused on the quality and excellence done in the printed newspaper. I think that will remain the case for some time to come.”


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