2019 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

General Excellence ( 1,001 - 1,500)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Ely - Ely Timberjay
    Entry Title: General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Timberjay Staff
    Judge Comment: Readers get a lot for their dollar: Strong coverage of local government and the schools; many interesting features; and best-in-class outdoors coverage. The Timberjay offered the most comprehensive coverage of any of the entries.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Jackson County Pilot
    Entry Title: Jackson County Pilot - General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Jackson County Pilot
    Judge Comment: Almost every entry had stories about the April 2018 ice storm. The Pilot's work excelled for its forward-looking depth. The Pilot offers good enterprise reporting without sacrificing the bread-and-butter stories.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Jordan Independent
    Entry Title: Jordan Independent: General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Readers surely look forward to the highly readable Page One centerpieces the Independent offers. They are also better-informed for these enterprising efforts.
  • Competition Comment: Many outstanding entries made this a difficult category to judge. All the top entries excel at local and hyper-local coverage. That almost goes without saying. The very best newspapers in this class also strive for enterprising coverage that goes beyond the average city council or school board meeting. They also do a great job of telling the stories of interesting people in their communities..