Mail Tribune receives top newspaper award

MT gets 25 state honors; Daily Tidings, 15

The Mail Tribune has received the award for General Excellence in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

The honor was among 11 first-place awards the Mail Tribune received in the annual competition, results of which were announced Friday. The paper received 25 awards overall while being judged in the category of those with daily circulation between 10,001 and 25,000.

The Mail Tribune's sister publication, the Ashland Daily Tidings, received 15 awards, including five firsts, competing with papers with a circulation of 10,000 or fewer.

According to the ONPA rules for the contest, the General Excellence honor "represents the highest award presented to Oregon newspapers, and entries should truly be the best examples of the industry."

Other awards received by the Mail Tribune included:


First Place

  • Best Special Section or Issue for "Our Valley 2012: Our Bucket List";
  • Best Editorial Writing, for Mail Tribune editor Robert Hunter;
  • Best Headline Writing, for news editor Robert Galvin;
  • Best Local Column, for reporter Sanne Specht;
  • Best Sports Story, for sports editor Tim Trower;
  • Best Spot News Coverage, for reporter Chris Conrad;
  • Best Feature Photo, for photo editor Bob Pennell;
  • Best News Photo, for photographer Jamie Lusch;
  • Best Overall Website, for online editor Anita Burke and staff members Ryan Pfeil and Mandy Valencia;
  • Best Web Project, for "Dan & Dave Do Stuff," by Dan Jones, Dave Sager, Mandy Valencia and Ryan Pfeil.


Second Place

  • Best Enterprise Reporting, for reporter Mark Freeman;
  • Best Page One Design, for news editor Robert Galvin and copy editor Dave Sager;
  • Best Graphics, for photo editor Bob Pennell;
  • Best News Photo, for photographer Jamie Lusch;
  • Best Web Design, for the Mail Tribune's online staff;
  • Best Multimedia Element, for staff member Mandy Valencia.


Third Place

  • Best Coverage of Business or Economic Issues, for reporter Greg Stiles;
  • Best Editorial Page, for editorial page editor Gary E. Nelson;
  • Best Educational Coverage, for reporter Ryan Pfeil;
  • Best Lifestyle Coverage, for reporter Chris Conrad;
  • Best Local Column, for reporter Mark Freeman;
  • Best Spot News Coverage, for reporter Chris Conrad;
  • Best Feature Photo, for photo editor Bob Pennell;
  • Best Photo Essay, for photo editor Bob Pennell.

Awards received by the Ashland Daily Tidings included:


First Place

  • Best Coverage of Business or Economic Issues, for reporter Sam Wheeler;
  • Best Feature Story (Personality), for reporter Janet Eastman;
  • Best Writing, for reporter Janet Eastman;
  • Best News Photo, for photographer Julia Moore;
  • Best Web Design, for the Tidings online staff.


Second Place

  • Best Special Section or Issue, for "Shakespeare 2012";
  • Best Editorial Page, for editorial page editor Gary E. Nelson;
  • Best Feature Story (Personality), for reporter Sam Wheeler;
  • Best Page One Design, for copy editors Eric Martin, Myles Murphy and Dave Sager;
  • Best News Photo, for photographer Jamie Lusch;
  • Best Web Project, for "Tidings Cafe," by staff member Mandy Valencia.


Third Place

  • Best Educational Coverage, for reporter Janet Eastman;
  • Best Feature Photo, for photographer Jamie Lusch;
  • Best Sports Photo, for photographer Jamie Lusch;
  • Best Multimedia Element, for staff member Janet Eastman.


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