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New Richmond News gains state newspaper honors

The New Richmond News was among several dozen Wisconsin newspapers honored for its editorial and advertising content as Wisconsin Newspaper Assocation's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Awards were presented near the conclusion of the press association's annual 155th annual convention, held at the Radisson Conference Center near the Oneida Casino near Green Bay last weekend.

The conference, "Wisconsin Newspapers: Our Great Story," brought together presenters to provide professional development to weekly, daily and college newspaper reporters, editors, ad directors and publishers.

The gathering culminated with presentation of awards at a Friday evening banquet. This year's Better Newspaper Contest drew 2,900 entries from more than 140 of the state's approximately 300 weekly and daily newspapers.

Judging the contest this year were members of the Texas Newspaper Association. Entries came from coverage and advertisements which were published in late 2007 and the first nine months of 2008.

Among the awards for the New Richmond News were:

Open Record/FOI Award

Second Award - New Richmond News: ("Committee structure violates Open Meeting regulations" Jeff Holmquist): A wholly local focus, without obscure generalized information. The only thing that kept this from being No. 1 is the 'We're Sorry' apology. No apology is necessary for pointing out a clear violation of the law.

Local Column

Second Award - New Richmond News: ("Nike poster speaks truth; Promise & riches; From Donny to Troy;" - Jeff Holmquist): All these were great! Loved taking daughter to High School Musical on Ice! Great on the school official admitting his faults, very moving. E-mail was good, not as good as others.

Enterprise/Interpretive Reporting

Second Award - New Richmond News: ("Wisconsin rural life" - Jeff Holmquist, Gail Winship, Dave Newman, Shay Tilander, Julia Ybarra-Young): Especially like the multi-faceted approach to explain this phenomenon.


Second Award - New Richmond News: ("Express delivery saves postmaster;" "City wants mow money;" - Jeff Holmquist): Two very strong heads. The third one was not far off. This entry might have won in any other contest, but the top three newspapers were all strong.


Cindy Olson and Cheri Sarsland for best multiple advertiser spread (weekly) covering area churches; Cindy also won first for best newspaper promotion for her power coupons.

Second place advertising honors went to:

Cindy Olson and Cheri Sarsland for the grad tab, Cindy Olson and Mike Burke for Best Use of Local Photography (All I Want for Christmas).

Cindy Olson, Rene Findlay and Cheri Sarsland for best circulation promotion.

Rene Findlay, Judy Monette, Chris Conway, Cindy Olson and Cheri Sarsland for Best Niche Publication (in paper) for the business card directory.

Cindy Olson for Best Use of Color in a First National Bank ad and Best Use of Art Service for her Cancer Awareness ad.

The News also received third place advertising awards:

Rene Findlay and Cheri Sarsland for Best Ad Idea (series) for Gregory's Gifts of Hope, Inc.;

Cindy Olson and Mike Burke for Best Multiple Advertising Spread (Weekly) for Happy Holidays.