Chieftain wins seven awards

Wallowa County ChieftainThe Wallowa County Chieftain garnered a total of seven awards in two annual contests sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA).

The Chieftain news staff received three awards in ONPA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, while the newspaper’s advertising department brought home four awards in the association’s 2015 Better Ad Ideas Contest. Submissions are judged against those from other newspapers of similarly sized circulation.

In the Better Newspaper Contest, an installment of former reporter Rocky Wilson’s Jabberwock II column, headlined, “Rayford saw the crew through,” was awarded first place in the Best Local Column category. Wilson also wrote “Wolves traveling closer to residences,” a story awarded third place in Best Spot News.

An editorial penned by Editor Rob Ruth, “Incumbent bark up wrong tree with dog regs,” was meanwhile awarded first place in the Best Editorial category.

On the advertising side, Advertising Sales Consultant Brooke Pace and Graphic Designer Robby Day were architects of submissions titled “Safe Harbors: Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” which won first place in the Best Institutional/Image Ad category; “BeeCharmed Marketplace,” first place in Merchandising Ad/Best Multi-color; “Donate a Bag of Food,” second place in Most Effective Use of Small Space; and “North Street Pizza,” third place in the Merchandising Ad category.

ONPA is based in Salem.

The Wallowa County Chieftain is an EO Media Group publication.

Capital Press sweeps ONPA divison

site-logo-1The Capital Press swept the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards contest for its division.

Competing against other associate members, the Capital Press won first-place awards in each of the five award categories.

In the target audience category, the newspaper was honored on its level of interest, relevance, creativity and commitment to its audience.

Photographs of the aftermaths of Washington’s 2014 Carlton Complex fire taken by reporter Dan Wheat were judged based on their news value/human interest quality, originality and imagination, composition, and photo technical quality.

Reporter Eric Mortenson received honors in the writing category. Two stories — “Ag tells its story,” and “Rural Oregon, Meet Portland” — were centerpiece stories that focused on efforts to bridge the rural/urban divide. A third concerned the debate over growing canola in the Willamette Valley.

In the design category, three issues of the Capital Press from February, May and October were judged on the basis of the use of headlines, effective use of photography, content, makeup, and typography.

Capital Press graphic artist Alan Kenaga received first-place honors for his graphic explaining drought conditions in 2014. He also won second- and third-place awards for graphics explaining the ag census and the impact of 2014 election results on farmers and ranchers.

As a result of its five first-place finishes, the Capital Press received the Sweepstakes Award.

Eagle brings home awards from ONPA

site-logoLincoln City – The Blue Mountain Eagle staff brought home a collection of awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) annual meeting and awards banquet, held last week in Lincoln City.

The Eagle news staff received seven awards in ONPA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, while the newspaper’s advertising department brought home five awards in the association’s 2015 Better Ad Ideas Contest. Submissions are judged against those from other newspapers of similarly sized circulation.

In its circulation division in the news competition, the staff won first place in Best Page One Design.

Angel Carpenter, sports editor for the Eagle, brought home first and second place awards for Best Sports Photo for the picture she captured from the bull riding challenge tour held at the fairgrounds and a photo of Sivanna Hodge during a swim meet in John Day.

Scotta Callister won second place for Best Writing for her coverage of the South Fork fire last year, the fire at the ESD building and the story, “Religion wafts through Seneca pot case.”

Cheryl Hoefler, Eagle reporter, won third place for Best Writing for her stories, “Water, water everywhere;” “More than a century of fond farewells;” and  “Teaching the dream.”

Callister also won third place in Best Editorial Page.

The staff’s 2014 Hunting Journal won third place in the Best Special Section or Issue category.

On the advertising side, the sales team was recognized for submissions titled “Superior Homes: Looking to Expand,” which won first place in the Best Advertising Headline category; “Log Cabin Espresso: May your cup of joy” second place in Best Advertising Headline; “Blue Mountain Hospital: Treat your feet,” third place in Best Institutional/image Ad;  “Grant County Vets – Salute,” third place in Best Multi-sponsor ROP Ads; and “Wild West: New Location,” third place in the Most Effective Use of Small Space Ad category.

ONPA is based in Salem.

East Oregonian wins general excellence award

site-logoThe East Oregonian is back on top, winning the General Excellence award from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for the fourth time in five years.

“The General Excellence award is the true team effort award for Oregon newspapers,” said managing editor Daniel Wattenburger. “It factors in every piece of the process, from front page stories and photos to sports coverage to creative advertising to print reproduction. It’s an honor to win the award and speaks to a staff dedicated to creating a high-quality daily newspaper.”

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association General Excellence award is judged on three randomly selected copies of the paper from different months and days. It is based on news, editorial, photos, design, advertising and reproduction.

“Winning the General Excellence award is an honor shared by the entire EO staff, but most of all a tribute to the professionalism of our editors and reporters who work hard to cover Umatilla and Morrow counties,” said publisher Kathryn Brown.

The East Oregonian took home numerous other individual awards in the competition. Phil Wright won first place for best news feature story for “Brother, Killer, Mystery,” which ran March 1. In addition, photographer E.J. Harris won best sports photo with “Boozer Siblings.” East Oregonian staff won first place for best headlines, with Drew Langton, Daniel Wattenburger and Tim Trainor supplying most of the puns. The final first place award won by the newspaper was for the Round-Up Magazine, which won best special section. Patrick Mulvihill and E.J. Harris did much of the work for the magazine.

Additional awards: second place, business reporting went to George Plaven for “Pipe Dreams”; second place, lifestyle to Kathy Aney and Antonio Sierra for “Homeless stories”; second place, sports story to Kathy Aney “Lacrosse”; second place feature photo to E.J. Harris documenting a Milton-Freewater woman who lost her leg in a car accident; and second place news photo, also to E.J. Harris, for a picture of a fatal shooting by police in Athena.

Astorian recognized for excellence at Oregon awards

Daily AstorianThe Astorian, which competed in the 10,000 or less circulation category, brought home 18 awards, including two firsts for Our Coast magazine.

The Daily Astorian and its sister publications and websites in Oregon earned 51 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper and Best Ad Ideas contests this week.

At the conference held at the Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach south of Linclon City, East Oregonian and The Daily Astorian were first and second in the general excellence category, which is the highest award presented where winners are to be the best examples in the industry.

Capital Press, the northwest’s agriculture newspaper and website, took first in six affiliate categories, including the sweepstakes award for having the most points.

The Astorian, which competed in the 10,000 or less circulation category, brought home 18 awards, including two firsts for Our Coast magazine. The awards were:

  • Second: General Excellence
  • First: Best merchandising section, Our Coast, John Bruijn, Staff, Display Advertising
  • First: Best campaign using print and online, Our Coast, John Bruijn
  • Second: Best Enterprise Reporting, Wanted: Sexual assault nurses, now, Chelsea Gorrow
  • Second: Best Local Column, Impressions, Nancy McCarthy
  • Second: Best Graphics, Trading Tansy Point, Alan Kenaga
  • Second: Best institutional section, Home for the Holidays, Sales staff, John Bruijn
  • Second: Best multi-sponsor ROP ads, Historic Downtown Astorian, Sales Staff, John Bruijn
  • Second: Best section cover, Our Coast, John Bruijn
  • Third: Best Special Section or Issue, Our Coast Rebecca Sedlak, John Bruijn, staff
  • Third: Best Editorial Page, Steve Forrester, Matt Winters, Sue Cody, Laura Sellers
  • Third: Best Feature Story: Personality, Hammond man blows his own horn, Edward Stratton
  • Third: Best Headline Writing, Patrick Webb
  • Third: Best Local Column, In One Ear, Elleda Wilson
  • Third: Best overall website, Crindalyn Lyster, Travis Clark, Laura Sellers
  • Third: Best institutional section, Craft Beer, John Bruijn, Sales Staff
  • Third: Best Merchandising Section, Wellness Directory, Sales Staff, John Bruijn
  • Third: Best section cover, Coastal Weddings Spring, John Bruijn, Sales Staff

 

East Oregonian

  • First: General Excellence
  • First: Best Special Section or Issue
  • First: Best Special Section or Issue
  • First: Best Feature Story: General
  • First: Best Headline Writing
  • First: Best Sports Photo
  • Second: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues
  • Second: Best Lifestyle Coverage
  • Second: Best Sports Story
  • Second: Best Feature Photo
  • Second: Best News Photo
  • Second: Best online animated ad

 

Blue Mountain Eagle

  • First: Best Page One Design
  • First: Best advertising headline
  • Second: Best Writing
  • Second: Best Sports Photo
  • Second: Best advertising headline
  • Third: Best Special Section or Issue
  • Third: Best Editorial Page
  • Third: Best Writing
  • Third: Best Sports Photo
  • Third: Best institutional/image ad
  • Third: Best multi-sponsor ROP ads
  • Third: Most effective use of a small space

 

Capital Press

  • First: Sweepstakes
  • First: Target Audience
  • First: Photography
  • First: Writing
  • First: Design
  • First: Graphics
  • Second: Graphics
  • Third: Graphics

Wallowa County Chieftain

  • First: Best Editorial
  • First: Best Local Column
  • First: Best institutional/image ad
  • First: Best Multi-color merchandising ad
  • Second: Most effective use of a small space
  • Third: Best Multi-color merchandising ad
  • Third: Best Spot News Coverage

Hermiston Herald

  • First: Best Editorial
  • Third: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues
  • Third: Best Lifestyle Coverage
  • Third: Best Sports Story