FARGO, N.D. – Three Forum Communications Co. newsroom staffers have received awards in the 2012 North Dakota Professional Communicators communications contest. Winners of the contest were recognized at the organization’s state conference April 27 in Bismarck, N.D.
Roxane Salonen, a writer for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s SheSays section, received 14 first-, second- and third-place awards. She received first-place awards in these categories: feature story – daily newspaper; feature story – pub/magazine/supplement for general or specialized circulation; personality profile – more than 500 words; specialty articles: physical health, fitness, mental health, self-help; specialty articles – social issues; specialty articles – religion; specialty articles – technology/internet; columns – humorous; and columns – personal opinion. Her second-place awards included: personality profile – more than 500 words; columns – humorous; and columns – personal opinion. Third-place awards were: feature story – daily newspaper and feature story – pub/magazine/supplement for general or specialized circulation.
Salonen also won the contest’s Sweepstakes Category, which is determined on a point system. Recipients receive points based on the number of awards they receive. Salonen accumulated 67 points, nearly 30 points more than the second-place finisher.
Kathy Toffelmire, who works on The Forum’s copy desk, received a first-place award in general columns contest.
Linda Sailer, of The Dickinson (N.D.) Press, received nine awards, including seven first places and two second places. Her first-place awards were in: specialty articles – arts/entertainment; specialty articles – hobby or craft; single page – lifestyle/entertainment – daily newspaper; single page regularly edited by entrant – other than lifestyle; section frequently edited by entrant; section infrequently edited by entrant; photography in daily newspaper – news photo. Her second-place awards were photography in daily newspaper – news photo and photographer-writer.
Sailer finished third overall in the Sweepstakes contest with 36 points.
Nineteen members of the NDPC earned 72 awards for their work in print media, photography, advertising, writing for and development of the web, promotion, public relations, marketing, speeches and books.
Forty first-place awards were forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Winners in that competition will be announced at the NFPW annual communications conference, scheduled for September in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The NDPC is the state affiliate of the NFPW in North Dakota. It is an organization of women and men employed in all aspects of communication: newspapers, public relations, education, magazines, television, radio, publishing, advertising, photography and freelance.