The Arizona Newspapers Association announced Sept. 29 that the Lake Powell Chronicle had received seven awards — including three first-place awards — for journalistic and advertising excellence.
“It’s a start,” said Chronicle editor Michael Rinker. “Our goal is to be the best community newspaper in Arizona. This is one way to measure that. More important, of course, is how our readers feel about us and how we can help improve our community.
“By the way, I’d like to thank the Page High girls basketball team. We couldn’t have done it without them,” Rinker said with a smile, referring to the fact that three of the awards were related to coverage of the Lady Sand Devils state championship season.
In fact, one of the first-place awards was for “Best team, sport or sports beat coverage,” given to Rinker for his stories about the Devils’ title run.
The Chronicle received a first-place nod in the category of “Best special section, supplement or magazine” for Gateway to Canyon Country, a tourism magazine the newspaper’s staff publishes three times a year.
The other first-place award was for “Best news photo,” a picture Rinker shot during last year’s Wings and Wheels event at the Page Airport.
Second-place awards went to Rinker for “Best photo layout or photo story” — a combination of pictures and stories from the Lady Sand Devils’ victories at the state tournament in Glendale — and “Best sports photo” — a four-picture series of Sand Devil long jumper James Paden.
Chronicle staff took third place for “Best special section” on the advertising side of the paper. The subject of the section was — you guessed it — the Lady Sand Devils.
Finally, Rinker received third place for headline writing.
The awards, which were for content that appeared in the paper between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012, were announced at the conclusion of the Arizona Newspapers Association’s fall convention and annual meeting in Scottsdale.
More than 50 newspapers submitted over 1,000 entries in the ANA’s Better Newspapers Contest. The contest consists of nine categories that measure the overall quality of the newspapers and 18 categories that honor individuals who contribute to journalism excellence. The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association judged this year’s contest.
The Chronicle competes in ANA’s division for “Non-dailies under 3,500 circulation,” which includes such papers as the Camp Verde Journal, Maricopa Monitor, Nogales International and the Arizona Capitol Times, which won 21 awards, including “Newspaper of the year” among non-dailies.
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