The West Linn Tidings, along with the Lake Oswego Review, Wilsonville Spokesman and Pamplin Media, were announced as winners in National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Editorial and Advertising Contests which honor the best in community journalism. The contest is open to all daily and weekly newspapers in America.
Typically Pamplin Media only enters the Oregon Newspaper Publisher Association contests but this year publisher J. Brian Monihan decided to enter a handful of categories at the national level just to see what would happen.
"I decided, on deadline, to enter about 10 categories. When I found out we won 6 awards in news and advertising it made my day, especially with the Review earning a General Excellence Award. Because of COVID-19 and mass changes happening within our company, I missed the General Excellence deadline at the state level," said Monihan.
General Excellence is the highest honor a newspaper can earn for overall excellence in news and advertising. The National Newspaper Association named the Lake Oswego Review as one of the top 4 weekly newspapers in the nation with an Honorable Mention General Excellence Award and according to the judges, "this was a very close contest" especially among the finalists.
In addition to General Excellence, the Review, Tidings, Spokesman and Pamplin Media earned another 5 national awards including:
First Place - Best Reader Generated Campaign - Non-daily division - J. Brian Monihan and Chris Fowler.
This was based on the Review, Tidings and Spokesman's annual Holiday Cheer edition published before Christmas featuring photos of local families wishing the community happy holidays.
First Place - Daily and Non-daily division - Best use of local photography in ads - Jon House and J. Brian Monihan
This award was for an ad titled "West Linn Strong" which honored the 2019 graduating class of West Linn High School in the Tiding's annual graduation edition.
Second Place - Daily and Non-daily division - Best Newspaper Promotion - Save Local News Campaign - Dwayne Stowell and J. Brian Monihan
This was the Pamplin Media Group's blank front page that kicked of the company's now ongoing campaign to build awareness about the importance of supporting local journalism.
Second Place - Daily and Non-daily division - Best Sales Promotion Section or Edition - Portland Auto Show Preview Section - Dan Adams and Rick Fryback
This award was for the special section Pamplin Media produces to support the Portland Metro Auto Dealers annual Automotive Show.
Second Place - Large Weekly division - Best Advertising Idea by Metro Graphics - Amazing Kids
This award was for the special section Pamplin Media produces to honor Amazing Kids making a difference in their community.
The staff of the Review, Tidings and Spokesman also earned 20 awards for writing and photography by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in their annual Better Newspaper Contest.
First Place - Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues - Sam Stites - Lake Oswego Review
First Place - Best Educational Coverage - Asia Alvarez Zeller - Lake Oswego Review
First Place - Best Government Coverage - Claire Holley - Lake Oswego Review
First Place - Best Local Column - Barb Randall - Lake Oswego Review
First Place - Best Lifestyle Coverage - Patrick Malee - West Linn Tidings
First Place - Best Sports Story - Miles Vance - West Linn Tidings
First Place - Best Spot News Coverage - Corey Buchanan - Wilsonville Spokesman
Second Place - Best Lifestyle Coverage - Corey Buchanan - Lake Oswego Review
Second Place - Best Sports Photo - Miles Vance - Lake Oswego Review
Second Place - Best Editorial - Leslie Pugmire Hole - West Linn Tidings
Second Place - Best Educational Coverage - Clara Howell - West Linn Tidings
Second Place - Best Writing - Corey Buchanan - Wilsonville Spokesman
Third Place - Best Feature Story - Clara Howell - Lake Oswego Review
Third Place - Best Sports Story - Miles Vance - Lake Oswego Review
Third Place - Best News Photo - J. Brian Monihan - West Linn Tidings
Third Place - Best Spot News Coverage - Leslie Pugmire Hole - West Linn Tidings
Third Place - Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues - Corey Buchanan - Wilsonville Spokesman
Third Place - Best Feature Story: General - Leslie Pugmire Hole - Wilsonville Spokesman
Third Place - Best Government Coverage - Claire Holley - Wilsonville Spokesman
Third Place - Best News Photo - Clara Howell - Wilsonville Spokesman
"Our staff works incredibly hard to serve our communities," said Monihan. "This year has been especially difficult for so many reasons. So, for our team to be honored at the state, and especially at the national level, is really special. I'm really proud of the work we do and hope that our readers appreciate this effort as well."
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