The Des Moines Register was named the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 “Newspaper of the Year” Friday, February 5. The Newspaper of the Year award celebrates overall excellence in dozens of categories encompassing news coverage, technical presentation and advertising display. The award was announced at the Awards Banquet during the association’s 2016 Convention and Trade Show, held February 3-5 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Presentations were also made to winners of the Iowa 2016 Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the New York Press Association. Approximately 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. The annual contests are sponsored by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.
During the convention, two Iowa journalists were named 2016 Master Editor-Publishers. Recipients of the esteemed awards were Steve Delaney, publisher and editor of the Burlington Hawk Eye, and Scott Campbell, editor of the Eldridge North Scott Press. The awards are presented annually to Iowa publishers and editors selected from nominations made by Iowa Newspaper Association members; the selections are made by previous Master Editor-Publisher winners. The honorees are chosen based on the following criteria: The nominee has worked hard, thought soundly, influenced unselfishly and lived honorably.
Also recognized during the convention were three Distinguished Service Award winners, long-time journalists and professionals honored for their contributions to the newspaper profession and to their communities. Recipients of this honor included Vicky Decker of the Seymour Herald; Bruce Binning, photographer for the Denison Bulletin & Review; and Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Named “Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists” for their achievements in the newspaper industry were: Rebecca Morin, Iowa City Daily Iowan; Ally Karsyn, Sioux City Journal; and Mike Mendenhall, Prairie City News. The award is presented jointly by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the journalism schools at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University.
The Harrison “Skip” Weber Investigative Reporting Award recognizes journalists who went above-and-beyond in covering an issue important to their communities. Winners were Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald; Alma Gaul, Davenport Quad-City Times; Russ Mitchell, Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News; and Dana Larsen, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.
The Bill Monroe INA Innovation Award was presented to the Des Moines Register. The Innovation Award recognizes INA member newspapers for developing new and cutting-edge products.
The Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists was awarded to Jack Cullen, Davenport Quad-City Times; Rebecca McKinsey, Carroll Daily Times Herald; and Ally Karsyn, Sioux City Journal. The award was created by the family of the late Jay P. Wagner to honor his life as a devoted community newsman.
For a list of winners in all Better Newspaper Contest categories, visit www.INAnews.com.