The Dickinson Press wins several NDNA awards
Smiles were plastered on the faces of The Dickinson Press managers after the publication was honored with 66 awards from the 2010 Better Newspaper Contest at the North Dakota Newspaper Association convention in Grand Forks this weekend.
"Winning that many awards means we are doing something right," Press Publisher Harvey Brock said. "It is a testament to the hard work of our staff."
The Press won 66 total awards with 20 first place prizes and was the recipient of the "Sweepstakes Award," which means it won more awards than any other publication in its division.
The NDNA acts on behalf of all 80 weekly publications and 10 daily publications across North Dakota.
"It is nice to be recognized by our peers," Brock said. "They are the people who know the business and know the difficulties of producing a quality publication."
Categories were separated in news, editorial, photos, advertising, design and special awards. Brock said Press members were recognized in each of the categories.
"We are proud of all the staff," Advertising Manager Jerry Obrigewitsch said. "They work hard to represent us well."
There are ups and downs in the newspaper world and reporters get satisfaction from keeping southwest North Dakota aware of what is going on, Managing Editor Jennifer McBride said.
"The Press staff is a dedicated group who deserves recognition for all that they do," she said. "Whether climbing out of bed on a below-freezing night to get a story or sitting through a six-hour meeting and rushing back to the office to get it in the next day's paper, they work hard to produce a quality publication on tight deadlines and the accolades from the state press association are justified."
The Press also thanks its readers for their input -- good and bad.
"This is your paper and we want to know where you'd like to see changes so we can continue to grow and improve," McBride said.
"It is important to retain a cooperative relationship between the public and The Press," he said. "Our staff will keep working together to produce the most informative and best publication for our readers."