Newspapers in Casper, Powell and Lovell were named the best in the state on Saturday during the Wyoming Press Association's annual winter convention here



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CASPER, Wyoming — Newspapers in Casper, Powell and Lovell were named the best in the state on Saturday during the Wyoming Press Association's annual winter convention here.

The Casper Star-Tribune, Powell Tribune and Lovell Chronicle were named the winners of the WPA's "General Excellence" awards for daily, large weekly and small weekly newspapers, respectively, for 2015.

The awards for overall excellence in newspaper publishing were based on thorough reviews of newspapers from across Wyoming by members of the Nevada Press Association.

"It's always gratifying to find out what our colleagues in other states think about our newspapers," said Toby Bonner, publisher of the Powell Tribune and newly elected president of the WPA. "Given the high quality of Wyoming's newspapers overall, those selected as the best can really be proud."

The "General Excellence" awards are among a number handed out to honor newspaper staffs for their year's work in the areas of advertising, typography, editorial writing and photography. In addition, new awards were added this year to recognize the state's top veteran and young journalists of the year and the state's top photographers.

Winning top honors for veteran journalist was Wyoming Tribune Eagle Editor D. Reed Eckhardt, while Douglas Budget Editor Cody Tucker was named the young journalist of the year.

Photography honors, meanwhile, went to the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Glenrock Independent, while Bradley Boner of the Jackson Hole News & Guide was the winner of a new WPA designation, the state's "Photographer of the Year."

The WPA's "Pacemaker" awards, honoring day-to-day excellence in 36 categories, were handed out earlier in the weekend.

In the area of major awards for newspapers, among daily newspapers, the Star-Tribune also placed first for editorial excellence and typographic excellence and second for advertising excellence. Placing first for advertising excellence was the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, which also won second-place honors for general excellence.

The Riverton Ranger placed second for editorial excellence, while the Gillette News-Record won second for typographic excellence.

Among large weekly newspapers, those with a circulation of more than 2,500, the Powell Tribune won top honors for typographic excellence and placed second for editorial excellence and advertising excellence.

Winning first place for editorial excellence was the Jackson Hole News & Guide, which also placed first for advertising excellence and second for general excellence and typographic excellence.

In addition to its first place finish for general excellence among small weekly newspapers, the Lovell Chronicle placed second for editorial excellence. Second place in general excellence among small weeklies was awarded to The Basin Republican-Rustler.

Winning first place for editorial excellence was the Saratoga Sun. Top honors for advertising excellence went to the Newcastle News Letter Journal, followed by the Bridger Valley Pioneer in Lyman. First place for typographic excellence was won by the Glenrock Independent, followed in second by the Greybull Standard.

In photographic competition, the Tribune-Eagle, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Glenrock Independent all won top "Photographic Excellence" honors, while a photo by Price Chambers called "A Walk in the Park" was named Wyoming's "Photo of the Year."

In other events during the weekend, Bonner was elected president of the WPA's board of directors, while Bob Kennedy of the Cody Enterprise was elected vice president.

WPA members also elected four new board members to fill vacancies: Laramie Boomerang Publisher Jeff Robertson, Kennedy and Kemmerer Gazette Publisher Mark Tesoro were elected to fill three-year terms on the board representing daily, large weekly and small weekly newspapers, respectively. Lander Journal Editor Kelli Ameling was also selected to fill a two-year vacancy on the board and represent large weekly newspapers.

The WPA represents Wyoming's 44 newspapers in areas through lobbying, education and public relations.

2016 WPA MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Dailies

General Excellence

1. Casper Star-Tribune

2. Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Editorial Excellence

1. Casper Star-Tribune

2. Riverton Ranger

Photographic Excellence

1. Wyoming Tribune Eagle

2. Gillette News-Record

Advertising Excellence

1. Wyoming Tribune Eagle

2. Casper Star-Tribune

Typographic Excellence

1. Casper Star-Tribune

2. Gillette News-Record

Large Weeklies

General Excellence

1. Powell Tribune

2. Jackson Hole News & Guide

Editorial Excellence

1. Jackson Hole News & Guide

2. Powell Tribune

Photographic Excellence

1. Jackson Hole News & Guide

2. (Tie) Cody Enterprise/Douglas Budget

Advertising Excellence

1. Jackson Hole News & Guide

2. Powell Tribune

Typographic Excellence

1. Powell Tribune

2. Jackson Hole News & Guide

Small Weeklies

General Excellence

1. Lovell Chronicle

2. Basin Republican-Rustler

Editorial Excellence

1. Saratoga Sun

2. Lovell Chronicle

Photographic Excellence

1. Glenrock Independent

2. (Tie) Saratoga Sun/Greybull Standard

Advertising Excellence

1. Newcastle News Letter Journal

2. Bridger Valley Pioneer

Typographic Excellence

1. Glenrock Independent

2. Greybull Standard

Young Journalist of the Year: Cody Tucker, editor, Douglas Budget

Veteran Journalist of the Year: D. Reed Eckhardt, editor, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Photographer of the year: Bradley Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide

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