The Herald wins seven awards at newspaper contest

The Herald took home seven awards last week during the 2015 North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards in Bismarck.

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The Herald took home seven awards last week during the 2015 North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards in Bismarck.

This marked the first year the Herald entered the statewide competition.

The annual NDNA awards honored excellence in news/editorial, advertising, photography and design for work completed in 2014 by daily and weekly North Dakota newspapers.

With a circulation of just under 1,000, the Herald sat at the top of its 1 to 1,000 circulation division.

For the first year ever, the Herald won an award for overall design excellence. Three 2014 editions of the Herald—dates for which were predetermined by the NDNA—were submitted for judging. The Herald took home third place in the category.

Herald Editor Cole Benz received a total of six awards, including one first place prize.

Benz’s news series about New England’s possible water project captured first place in the reporting series category. Benz also won three second-place awards, one for his special news section for the Wheat Harvest Jamboree and two for photography—a news photo for Sanford AirMed and a feature photo of young local musician Brady Rustan.

He also received a third-place award for the Nov. 21, 2014 edition’s front page design and an honorable mention for his clever headline, “New England on course for another round of golf,” heading a story about New England’s golf course.

This year’s awards marked the first time Benz submitted entries for the contest.

The Herald’s sister publication, the Bowman County Pioneer and its editor and advertising graphic designer also won awards during the ceremony. The Pioneer competed in the 1,001 to 1,999 circulation division and won a total of 13 awards.

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