The Jamestown Sun received third place in the general excellence category of the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest for daily newspapers of 10,000 and under circulation. The award was presented during the NDNA annual convention for work during the 2018 year.

In addition to the general excellence award, Sun staff received 36 awards in news, photo and advertising categories.

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News awards

Jamestown Sun staff earned a first-place award for its progress edition, "All About Ag."

Former reporter Tom LaVenture received an honorable mention in reporting for his story, "Emotions strong at vigil for slain mother of two," on the death of Nicole Gututala. He and reporter Keith Norman earned a third-place award in the reporting series category for their story, "Justice Lange leaves baby at slough."

Kathy Steiner, managing editor, received a third-place award for the opinion page and Sun staff earned a second-place award for the editorial "Solutions still needed for JPS" after the referendum failed for Jamestown Public School District.

Jamestown Sun sports editor Michael Savaloja won three first-place writing awards.

Savaloja's coverage of former NFL quarterback Brooks Bollinger, Fargo track star Laura Roesler, Linton boys basketball coach Dan Carr and Mayville State University's Scott Berry being the 14th class inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame won the sports reporting category. His series of stories on Central Cass winning the state Class B softball championship in Jamestown won sports series, and his feature highlighting the life of Jamestown sports super fan Jim Christ, who passed away last June, won the sports feature category.

Former Sun sports writer Mitchell Johnson won third in sports reporting series with his coverage of Park River-Fordville-Lankin winning the state Class B baseball championship in Jamestown.

Forum Communications Company's design hub staff earned two awards. Meghan Dowhaniuk earned a second-place award for her Sun Country design in the Standing News Front category. Emma Santee earned third place for front page design for The Sun.

The Sun also received third-place awards for overall design excellence and its website, www.jamestownsun.com

Photo awards

John Steiner, photographer, won seven awards. He won first in agricultural photo with an aerial image of wheat harvest and first in the pictorial photo category for holiday art showing a large tree ornament hanging from frost-covered branches against a dark background. Steiner won second place in the picture story category showing photos of snow art and snow shoveling. He took second in sports photo for a photo of a Legion Post 14 baseball player getting beaned by the hard ball. He won second place in the news photo category with an image of the voting line at the Jamestown Civic Center showing the strong voter turnout.

Steiner won two third-place awards in spot news photo and feature photo. The spot news image was of a car that slipped into a hole created by construction work. The feature photo was of three Jamestown Sophistikix dancers watching others perform.

LaVenture won first in the portrait photo category with a photo of the Jamestown Fire Department deputy chief, second for a spot news photo of the vigil for Nicole Gututala and third in picture story.

Former reporter Chris Olson took first place in outdoor recreation photo with a photo of children sledding.

Advertising awards

Gavin Kutz, sales consultant, won six awards. He received first-place awards in the financial ad category for a Bank Forward ad, in the political ad category for a Dwaine Heinrich for Mayor ad, in the agricultural ad category for an Enzminger Steel ad and in promo of community for a Medina-Pingree-Buchanan Salute to State ad. Kutz also received a second-place award in the vehicle category for an R.M. Stoudt Inc. ad and third in home/gardening for an Infinity Building Services ad.

Suzette Schafer, sales consultant, won four awards. She received first in the small space category for a Dr. Dawn's Pet Stop ad. She received third-place awards in the entertainment/liquor category for an Office Bar & Lounge ad; in apparel for a Bong's Bootery ad and in use of color for a Professional Eyecare ad.

Ronnie Schock, sales consultant, earned two third-place awards, for a food ad for S&R Truck Plaza, and in the single ad category for an ad for Home of Economy.