Daily Register staff awarded for reporting, overall newspaper quality

March 9, 2019

MADISON — A state media group awarded the Portage Daily Register staff a first-place award for the content on its front page and second place for overall general excellence Thursday.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association issued the awards at a ceremony as part of a two-day journalism convention at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

The Daily Register staff was recognized with the first-place award for Best Front Page based on story content, headlines, photography and design. The staff also was recognized with the second-place overall general excellence award in which judges review the entire content of the publication.

Individually, Reporter Noah Vernau earned a second-place award for Reporting on Local Education, second-place honors for Business Coverage and an honorable mention for a Feature Profile. Senior Reporter Lyn Jerde earned a second place for Reporting on Local Government.

Wisconsin newspaper entries in the annual contest were judged by members of the Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association and are awarded in each of three tiers based on print circulation size.

In addition, Brad Allen, who joined the Daily Register staff in January, was recognized with a first-place award in the WNA college contest. Allen received a first for In-Depth Story in Group A for a story he wrote for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Royal Purple.

“Congratulations to our team,” said Capital Newspapers Regional Editor Todd Krysiak. “These awards highlight the hard work our journalists do, the important role the paper plays in this community and shows we stack up well against other newspapers around the state.”