MITCHELL, S.D. – The Daily Republic has been judged the best small daily newspaper in South Dakota for the fourth consecutive year.
During a recent ceremony held at Mount Rushmore, the Mitchell newspaper was presented with the General Excellence award for South Dakota daily newspapers that circulate fewer than 12,000 printed copies.
The banquet was part of the first-ever joint convention of the South Dakota and North Dakota newspaper associations, held Thursday through Saturday with most events at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City, S.D.
The Daily Republic’s circulation division includes seven other daily newspapers in Brookings, Huron, Madison, Pierre, Spearfish, Watertown and Yankton. The competition, called the Better Newspapers Contest, is managed by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and was judged this year by members of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Other Daily Republic highlights from the contest included the Sweepstakes award for its circulation division, which is presented to the newspaper that compiles the most points from the individual awards; and the designation of Sports Editor Luke Hagen as the Outstanding Young Journalist among all daily newspapers in the state.
Hagen is the second consecutive and fourth overall Daily Republic winner of the award since the award’s inception in 2000. One winner is chosen annually from a weekly newspaper and a daily newspaper, and entrants must be younger than 30.
Overall, The Daily Republic won 27 awards in the contest, including 21 in news and six in advertising.
The SDNA contest results were the second round of awards announced last week for South Dakota newspapers.
In results of The Associated Press Great Plains Contest announced earlier in the week, The Daily Republic won first place in 10 of 15 categories in its circulation division, and won 22 of the 45 available awards in the division.
Following is a list of The Daily Republic’s awards in the SDNA contest announced Friday. Unless otherwise noted, the awards were in the division for daily newspapers with circulation of less than 12,000.
- Best Freedom of Information Project, all newspapers daily and weekly, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper, first place.
- Outstanding Young Journalist, all daily newspapers, Luke Hagen.
- Best Newspaper Website, all daily newspapers, Denise Ross, third place.
- Best Public Service Project, all daily newspapers, Korrie Wenzel, second place.
- Best News Series, Chris Mueller, Anna Jauhola, third place.
- Best Feature Story, Tom Lawrence, first place.
- Best Feature Story, Candy DenOuden, third place.
- Best Feature Series, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper, Chris Huber, second place.
- Best Sports Reporting, Brooke Cersosimo, first place.
- Best Sports Series, Luke Hagen, third place.
- Best Sports Column, Luke Hagen, second place.
- Best Editorial Writing, Korrie Wenzel, first place.
- Best Editorial Writing, Seth Tupper, second place.
- Best Local General Interest Column, Korrie Wenzel, first place.
- Best Local Humorous Column,
Candy DenOuden, third place.
- Best Spot News Photo, Chris Huber, first place.
- Best Sports Photo, Luke Hagen, first place.
- Best Sports Photo, Chris Huber, third place.
- Best Typography and Design, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper, second place.
- General Excellence, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper and staff, first place.
- Sweepstakes, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper and staff, first place.
- Best Use of Color, Jen Phillips, first place.
- Best Classified Section, Penny Hohbach and staff, first place.
- Best Use of Art Service, Krissy Weber, third place.
- Best Use of Local Photography, Janet DeRouchey and Chris Huber, second place.
- Best Use of Local Photography, Lorie Hansen, third place.
- Best 2×4 Ad, Laura Senska, third place.
The Daily Republic is owned by Forum Communications Co. Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.