The Des Moines Register was named Friday as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2014 “Newspaper of the Year.”
The award was announced at the association’s Awards Banquet during the INA 2014 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 6 – 7 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Presentations were also made to winners of the INA 2014 Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the Nebraska Press Association.
Nearly 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. Daily Class 1 is for newspapers published daily with 9,999 circulation and less and Daily Class 2 is for newspapers published daily with 10,000 circulation and more. Weekly Class 1 is for newspapers published weekly with 1,125 circulation and less. Weekly Class 2 is 1,126 to 2,100 circulation; and Weekly Class 3 is 2,101 and above circulation.
The Akron Hometowner received the following Weekly Class 2 awards:
• Best Use of Graphics: First Place for graphics created by Erica Kjar with stories of dogs running loose, radon gas in homes and the Local Option Sales Tax levy election.
• Best Feature Photo or Photo Story: Second Place: Karen Taylor-Mortensen’s photograph of a mother robin feeding her young;
• Community Leadership Award: Third Place for a series of stories written by Julie Ann Madden on Plymouth County and the City of Akron’s Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) levy vote.
• Best Personality Feature Story: Third Place on Julie Ann Madden’s story of Larry Tentinger receiving the Purple Heart Honor.
• Best Sports Story: Third Place on Julie Ann Madden’s story of octogenarians bowling at Akron Lanes; and
• Best Ad Designer: Third Place, Karen Taylor-Mortensen.