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Your newspaper wins statewide General Excellence Award again

The sales team of Diana Root, Cheryl Young, Krista Kaminski, Jenni Fasselin and Lynna Tweddell look through a paper where an ad ran that won an award at the Better Newspaper Contest last Saturday night during the Utah Press Association's Winter Convention. The Sun Advocate was given the General Excellence Award in Group II for the 2013 entries that were submitted.

For the second time in 10 years the Sun Advocate has won the General Excellence Award in back-to-back years in the Better Newspaper Competition sponsored by the Utah Press Association.

The last time that happened was in 2003 and 2004.

The paper garnered five first place awards, four second place awards and five third place awards for entries that were submitted from papers that were produced from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

The paper also got the award for Community Service, which was the third time the paper got that award in six years. This years award came for the No Graves Unadorned Project that community members participate in around Memorial Day.

At the awards banquet held in St. George on Saturday night the paper was awarded in the following categories:

• First place for the Best Staff Produced Ad. This was an ad run for Bill's Home Furnishings with the Serta Sheep surround the page. It was designed by Kelly Wilkinson.

• First place Best Special Section. This was the 2013 Energy Edition Special that came out in March of 2013.

• First place Best Ad Idea. This category contained various ads that were used in conjunction with veterans stories and issues during the year.

• First place Best Editorial. This award was for the editorial "Land use fight will go on forever" that ran on Nov. 12, 2013. It was written by Richard Shaw.

• First Place Best General News Story. This story ran on June 20, 2013. It was "LaFontaine says 'Enough' will not run again." It was written by CJ McManus.

• Second place Best Feature Series. The "Into the Abyss" series that ran on the front page of the paper in December 2013 issues. It was written by CJ McManus.

• Second Place Use of Ad Color. This was a tie dye ad created by Kelly Wilkinson that ran last year for Tony Basso GM.

• Second Place News Coverage. For this the staff submitted the entire papers from March 5, Aug. 6 and Sept. 24, 2013 editions of the Sun Advocate.

• Second Place Sports Column. This is a series of three sports columns written by Richard Shaw on Oct. 22, Oct. 24 and Oct. 29. Included were "Clark was all he could be and then some," "David: a great athlete but not so great at Alzheimers," and "Sharman death brings back memories of a different time."

• Third Place Sports Page. This sports page was published on Dec. 19, 2013 and was created by Kevin Scannell.

• Third Place News Series. These pieces were published on Feb. 12 and 19, 2013. The articles were "Murder suicide claims two lives" and "Sorrow and forgiveness." They were written by John Serfustini and CJ McManus.

• Third Place Staff Produced Run of Press Ad Campaign. A series of ads that ran for Parkdale Care center in 2013 were the submissions.

• Third Place Front Page. Designed by John Serfustini, the three pages that were submitted ran on June 11, July 16 and Sept. 26, 2013.

• Best Circulation Promotion. This was the circulation promotion where the Cal Ripken Baseball League sold subscriptions and the Sun Advocate donated so much of each subscription to the league.

Awards to papers are given in four categories. Group I are papers with 2,500 or less subscribers. Group II are papers with 2,500 to 6,000 circulation. Group III are papers with circulation above 6,000. Group IV are the daily papers along the Wasatch Front, in Logan and St. George. The Sun Advocate is in Group II.

"It was a tough year for competition in the contest," said Richard Shaw, publisher of the Sun Advocate. "There were a lot of entries and our category continues to grow with more papers in it every year. I am proud of my staff who produced all the things that won as well as all the entries we put in the contest."

Shaw also said that the No Graves Unadorned project continues to draw rave reviews from people who see what is done in the community each time it is submitted.

"Having won for that project twice in the last four years is a real compliment to our community," stated Shaw. "There are few places that have the volunteerism we in Carbon County have. We may sponsor it, but it is the community that makes it go and work."

Winners in the other categories included the Sanpete Messenger in Group I, the Tooele Transcript Bulletin in Group III and the Salt Lake Tribune in Group IV.

The Sun Advocate will host an open house with refreshments served for the public to view the winning awards and the materials that were submitted to the contest on Thursday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be drawings held that day for prizes for the public.

The paper will also have a "Put your 2 cents in Sale" where new subscribers and existing subscribers can (in county) can get an extra year of the Sun Advocate for 2 cents if they buy one year for the full price of $42.00.

College paper also wins

The USU Eastern newspaper, The Eagle, also won big at the Utah Press Association conference last week. The college paper is in Group I and they took second place in the group behind the Sanpete Messenger. They won 14 awards in all with five of those being first place awards.

In the first place category they won for the Best Front Page, Best Website, Best Sports Photo, Best Staff Produced Ad and Best Feature Series.

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