JOHN DAY – The Blue Mountain Eagle received eight awards in the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.
The awards, announced at ONPA’s summer convention in Salem last week, included four first-place honors in the Eagle’s circulation category.
The firsts were:
- Best Special Section, to the staff for the Explore Grant County guide.
- Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, to reporter Angel Carpenter and editor Scotta Callister, for “19.3%,” a two-part examination of unemployment in Grant County.
- Best Editorial Page.
- Best Writing, to Callister.
The Eagle staff won second place honors in Best Headline Writing.
The Eagle also took third place in Business and Economic Coverage for “Grazing in the crosshairs,” focusing on challenges to cattle grazing on public lands; in Enterprise Reporting, for a series of articles by Callister on the county judge recall attempt, and in editorial writing.
In other professional news, Sandra Gubel, who joined the Eagle staff in January, took three awards in the Montana Better Newspaper Contest for work done as a reporter for the Sanders County Ledger.
Gubel won first place for education reporting and third for lifestyle sections, and also joined another staffer to claim third place for in-depth investigating.