May 8, 2014

Republican earns 3 top NDNA honors

The Center Republican captured top honors in three categories and received a number of additional awards last weekend during the North Dakota Newspaper Association Convention. The event was held in Bismarck in conjunction with the South Dakota Newspaper Association, and provided professional growth and education opportunities to representatives from daily and weekly newspapers throughout the two states.
During the awards program, first place honors were presented to The Center Republican in the 1-1,000 circulation division of the general excellence, best website, and sports column categories. Judges’ comments on the general excellence award included “Very attractive newspaper with good use of photos and graphics. Strong education coverage.”
The following awards were earned by the newspaper and its staff: general excellence, first place; best website, first place; sports column, first place, Jarann Johnson; feature reporting, Kathy Tandberg, honorable mention; sports reporting, Johnson, second place; front page design, staff, third place. Staff members whose contributions helped to achieve these honors also included former editors Jackie Long and April Baumgarten, and designers Lacy Gierke-Korbyn, Holly Doe, and Marcy Huber.
Former Center Republican editor Tandberg also earned several additional feature-writing honors for stories published in the Beulah Beacon and the Hazen Star. Johnson received additional honors for sports coverage that appeared in the Beacon and the Star.
Overall, BHG Inc., parent company of The Center Republican, claimed 169 awards in the annual contest. The company’s 11 newspapers won 85 advertising awards, 47 for news, 24 for photography, two for the company’s website,, and 11 for excellence in design.
BHG publications made a clean sweep of the 1-1,000 circulation general excellence category, with The Center Republican’s win followed by BHG newspapers Mountrail County Record taking second and New Town News taking third. BHG’s Hazen Star took first place the 1,001-1,999 circulation division of the general excellence category.
Yet another BHG publication, Velva Area Voice, won the Sweepstakes honor for claiming the most awards in the 1-1,000 circulation division.


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