Editor Ellen Cook was also recognized with the Jim Cornwall Distinguished Service Award for her years of work in the newspaper industry.
Each year UPA hands out awards in several categories to newspapers across the state based on their readership numbers, in relation to coverage for the 2013 year. The Leader took first for the Special Section entry, the Health and Wellness Guide, as well as a second place finish for the Fair Preview “Denim Dreams” Special Section.
Assistant Editor Jessica Tanner garnered a first place for Best Sports Column with Tanner Time. The Leader was also awarded a first place for Best Advertising Idea with the movie premier of Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Ads for that idea took second in the Best Staff Produced R.O.P. Ad Campaign.
Other second place awards included: Best Feature Story (Fastest Tongue at the Fair); Best Feature Series (Growing Up Cowboy); Best Photo Page (One Day Without Shoes); Best Sports Story (Sweetheart of a Competition) and Best Circulation Promotion (Free Chocolates).
The Leader also finished in second for their overall news coverage throughout the year.
Third place finishes were given out for: Best Editorial; Best Sports Page (Shootout at BE Arena); Best Breaking News Story (Beaver Dam Home Destroyed); Best Photo Page (Following Fires); Best News Photograph (Twin Pines Apartments Burn); Best In-House Promotion (Best Local News for Pocket Change) and Best Use of Ad Color (Old Farm Corn Maze).
Leader Publisher Greg Madson said he was thrilled with this year’s showing at the annual convention and applauds the efforts of his staff. “We work hard to put out a great publication each week,” he said, “It is nice to be recognized by our peers in the newspaper business.”