BLOOMINGTON, MN Several Herald Journal staff members were recognized Thursday night at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
Both the Delano Herald Journal, and the Herald Journal, which covers the communities of Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, Mayer, New Germany, Waverly, and Winsted, received first-place awards for general reporting in their respective circulation classes.
For the Delano Herald Journal, the judges wrote: “Good variety of content. Well written. Good writing styles. Nice layout. Even with reviewing the contestants on more than one occasion, this one stood out.”
Comments received from the judges for the Herald Journal: “Front page is packed with interesting local stories. Writing is outstanding, and clear, and covers a diverse range of topics. A very impressive newspaper.”
The Delano Herald Journal and Sports Editor Matt Kane also received a second-place award for sports reporting. No comments were received from the judges in this category.
Delano Herald Journal Managing Editor Ryan Gueningsman received a second-place award for best local breaking news coverage for his coverage of a fatal vehicle/pedestrian traffic accident in Montrose that killed two people.
Comments received from the judges: “The strong reporting made this story a winner. Many sources were included, and they included officials and witnesses. The writing was clear, but the reporting carried the day.”
Delano Herald Journal Staff Writer Starrla Cray received a first-place recognition for a human interest story for her piece on a local man surviving six cardiac arrests.
Comments received from judges: “Very well-written story that was just the right length and includes just the right amount of facts to offset the emotion.”
In addition to the awards ceremony, newspaper staff had the opportunity to attend numerous sessions and speakers at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention.
“A drop of ink makes millions think” was the theme of this year’s convention.
Minnesota Newspaper Association President Kevin Anderson of MessAge Media in Aitkin said association staff discovered convention materials from the past century during an office cleanout, and learned this was also the theme of the 1891 meeting of the National Editorial Association in St. Paul.
“We chose to reprise the theme in 2013 because we believe that the printed word is still as powerful as ever, whether it is published in the pages of our newspapers, websites or other media products,” Anderson said.