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New Richmond News receives awards

WAUKESHA — The New Richmond News was among several dozen newspapers recognized Friday night as the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest during the group’s 160th annual convention.

Former New Richmond News editor Jeff Holmquist and designer Becki Lamar earned a second-place award for the content and composition of the newspaper’s front pages.

Sales representative Judy Monette and the newspaper’s creative staff earned a first-place award for Best Use of Color for an advertising campaign for All-Exteriors.

The newspaper’s contributions to the 2013 edition of Dining & Destinations won a third-place award for Best Niche Publication-Out of Paper.

The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013.

Top winners included Publisher Tim Lyke and the Ripon Commonwealth Press (weekly Newspaper of the Year) and Publisher Scott Johnson and the Green Bay Press-Gazette (daily Newspaper of the Year).

Circulation Division winners among the six circulation classes included the Green Bay Press-Gazette; the Janesville Gazette; Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc; Vilas County News Review, Eagle River; Ripon Commonwealth Press; and the Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls, which is edited by UW-River Falls graduate and former Prescott Journal editor Matt Perenchio.

Scholarships honoring excellence in high school journalism were presented to three Wisconsin student newspapers, including Noctiluca, Appleton North High School; The Norse Star, Stoughton High School; and The Prowler, Chilton High School. Each received $1,000.

WNA’s membership includes 31 daily newspapers and 192 weekly newspapers.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.