The annual Winter Convention for the Utah Press Association was recently completed and the Leader received seven awards during the Better Newspaper Contest.
Competing in Group II against mid-sized newspapers in the state, the Leader received a first place award for Best General News Story. This was assistant editor Dave Archer’s story on Reggie Shaw’s return to Bear River High to speak about the dangers of texting while driving.
Second place awards came in Best ROP Campaign (Ping Pong Toss ad), Best Circulation Promotion (Roll The Dice to Name Your Price) and Best Sports Column (Greg Madson’s Sidelines).
Third place awards were received for Best Use of Ad Color (Shop Local ad), Best Classified Pages and Best News or Feature Series (Domestic Violence).
Brigham City’s News-Journal also won seven awards, including three firsts. First Place; Best Sports Column, Best Front Page, Best Classified Pages. Second Place; Best Breaking News Story, Best Sports Page. Third Place; Best ROP Ad Campaign, Best Advertising Idea.
Leader Publisher Greg Madson’s term as association president also came to an end. He served during one of the association’s most difficult economic times.
A new board was elected, with Rick Shaw of the Sun Advocate in Price elected president. Kari McFee of the Summit County Bee is vice-president and Craig Conover of the Daily Herald is secretary. Laurie Wynn of the Wasatch Wave remains as treasurer with Madson serving as past-president.
Several new board members were elected, including Lee Carter of the Ogden Standard-Examiner.