Echo Publishing received three awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet Thursday, Jan. 24, in Bloomington.
Kate Perkins, staff writer for the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal, won first place in the Feature Photo category for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 2,501-5,000 for a photo titled “Feeding the family.”
The photo, published last summer in the Lake Country Echo, showed a baby loon on its mother’s back with the father feeding it a minnow on Lake Ossawinnamakee.
The judge’s comments read, “Bird watchers could try for years and not get a shot like this. Nice composition, tack sharp. Well done!” There were 31 entries.
The Pine River Journal, under the guidance of former editor Kelly Virden, won third place in the General Excellence category for weekly newspapers with a circulation of up to 1,500. There were 13 entries.
The judge said, “I like the local news and nice mix of columnists and photos. The overall look of the paper was well done.”
The Lake Country Echo won third place in the General Reporting category for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 2,501-5,000. There were 25 entries.
The judge said, “Very strong writing and reporting. I especially enjoyed the features and the overall look of the paper. A fine piece of community journalism.”
Publisher Pete Mohs began his seventh year on the Minnesota Newspaper Association board of directors, being named first vice president.