Banner wins 68 awards, general excellence trophy

Editor picks up photo of the year award for ND weeklies

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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2020 5:57 am

The Hillsboro Banner was named the state’s best midsize weekly newspaper in the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The Banner took top honors in general excellence and won the sweepstakes trophy after receiving 68 advertising, reporting and photography awards, the most among the state’s midsize weeklies.

A South Dakota judge who selected the Banner as the state’s best midsize weekly said: “Great pagination and organization throughout. Outstanding sports coverage. Solid all-around newspaper.”

Second place in general excellence was awarded to The Leader-News in Washburn while third went to the Tioga Tribune.

Banner editor Cole Short won or shared in 21 awards, including 10 first-place honors.

He received the photo of the year award among all weekly papers for a photograph of a boy being hit in the face by a stream of water during Buxton Family Fun Day in 2019.

Short received top honors in the categories of reporting for a story on a Reynolds house fire, government series for coverage of the Jordahl building project and first in spot news, an award he shared with co-publisher Cory Erickson for a story on flooding in Traill County.

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