Area weekly newspapers fare well in statewide contest

April 24, 2018 GMT

LINCOLN — Numerous weekly newspapers in Northeast and North Central Nebraska were among the award winners in the Nebraska Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Topping the list was Orchard Antelope County News — published by Carrie and Wade Pitzer — that won the sweepstakes award among weekly newspapers.

The association’s contest divides weekly newspapers into four circulation categories, with Class A being the smallest and Class D the largest. The awards were announced at the press association’s annual convention Saturday in Lincoln.

The Orchard newspaper topped the Class A competition and then was also honored as the overall sweepstakes winner by accumulating the most points of any of the individual circulation class winners.

The Neligh News & Leader finished second among newspapers in the Class C circulation category, with the West Point News finishing in third in that same category.

Judging was done by members of the Texas Press Association. In all, there were more than 3,800 separate entries in the contest.

Other weekly newspapers from this corner of the state that were honored for their work in various categories were the Albion News, Bassett Rock County Leader, Bloomfield Monitor, Clearwater-Ewing Record News, Creighton News, Elgin Review, Hartington Cedar County News, Humphrey Democrat, Osmond Republican Pender Times, Petersburg Press, South Sioux Dakota County Star, Springview Herald and Wisner News-Chronicle.

Among other convention happenings:

— Kalli Meyer, a senior at West Point-Beemer High School, and Marie Meis, a senior at Pope John High school in Elgin, were among four recipients of $2,000 scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Press Association Foundation. Both will be pursuing careers in journalism-related fields next year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Meyer has been part of the Daily News’ 20 Below staff of high school students this school year.

— Peggy Year, co-publisher of the Hartington Cedar County News and several other area weekly newspapers with her husband, Rob Dump, wrapped up her year as president of the Nebraska Press Association.

— The Nebraska Press Association’s sister organization, the Nebraska Press Advertising Service officially announced its new name — ONEPRESS — at the convention. Vickie Hrabanek of the Daily News serves as a board member of the organization.