The Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News earned a total of 16 awards in the 2021 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper contest.
All three newspapers were honored in the General Excellence awards, with Estacada taking first place and Gresham and Sandy earning second place in their respective divisions. This award is based on news, feature and opinion content, as well as the quality of advertising, graphics and display of content.
"We have great — and talented — people on our reporting, editing and design teams," said Steve Brown, editor/publisher of The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News. "Like all businesses, we faced significant obstacles during 2020. But through it all, this team produced some outstanding journalism, and has a lot to be proud of."
Each of the newspapers competed in a different division and were not in direct competition with one another.
In Gresham, reporter Chris Keizur earned first place in best enterprise reporting for "Being Black in America," and third place for best government coverage for "Paying for Parks." Former reporter Teresa Carson earned third place in best educational coverage for "Turning Davis Around," and third place for best personality feature story for "Hello, my name is Karen."
In Sandy, reporter Brittany Allen earned second place in best coverage of business and economic issues for "Meeting the need," and third place in best personality feature for "Earning the American Dream." Design editor Tiffany O'Dell earned first place for best page design.
In Estacada, reporter Emily Lindstrand earned second place in best educational coverage for "Gaining Traction," second place in best general feature story for "Burned, not bowed," second place in best lifestyle coverage for "Mourning in the time of COVID-19," third place in best lifestyle coverage for "Dodge Church recovers after wildfire," and third place in best writing for "Burned, not bowed." Design editor Tiffany O'Dell earned first place for best page design.
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