By News-Register staff • 

News-Register wins national awards

The News-Register won six awards, including four firsts, in the National Newspaper Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper competition.

The McMinnville-based newspaper claimed first place in the investigative and in-depth reporting for its “Drying Times” series, featuring articles and photos on local water challenges.

Reporter Nicole Montesano led a team in producing the package. Virtually all of the staff’s reporting, editing and photo personnel contributed.

Montesano and intern Emily Hoard also earned first place honors for agricultural reporting for an element in the series headlined “Ag strains the water supply.”

Reporter Starla Pointer was awarded a pair of firsts for featuring writing.

She earned Best Feature Series honors for a selection of Stopping By columns exploring the lives of local people. She also claimed top feature story honors for “Taking their wheels out for a spin,” a story about local spinners making their own yarn.

The Viewpoints team of Jeb Bladine, Ossie Bladine and Steve Bagwell placed second in editorial page category. In addition, Bagwell, the News-Register’s long-time managing editor, placed third in editorial writing for “Airport an asset,” an editorial supporting continued attention and development at the local airport.

The NNA announced award winners this week. Judges noted that the 5,000 entries in this year’s contest were creative and of high quality.

“So impressive!” one judge noted. “Anyone who thinks community journalism is dying in America today hasn’t looked at any of these papers.”

The honors will be presented at the organization’s annual convention and trade show, set for Sept. 22-24 in Franklin, Tennessee.



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