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Jamestown Sun receives 54 awards in newspaper contest

The work honored is for the 2021 year.

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The Jamestown Sun received 54 news, photo and advertising awards in the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented during the NDNA Convention on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in Bismarck.

The contest recognized excellence in various aspects of newspaper journalism for the 2021 year.

The Sun awards were in the Small Multi-Day circulation group for newspapers. In addition to The Jamestown Sun, this category includes the Devils Lake Journal, Dickinson Press, Valley City Times-Record, Wahpeton Daily News and Williston Herald.

The Jamestown Sun received second place in the General Excellence category, which judges the overall product. Winning first in this category was the Dickinson Press; placing third was the Wahpeton Daily News.

Here are the other awards presented to The Jamestown Sun.


News/Photography Awards

Kathy Steiner, editor, five awards: 

  • Editorial page, first
  • Reporting Series, first, “And then came September”
  • News Photo, second, “Jamestown Rural Fire seeing record number of calls”
  • Reporting, third, “Memorial dedicated to Cody Holte”
  • Business News Reporting, third, “Open for visitors”

Masaki Ova, reporter, four awards: 

  • Feature Series, first, “Special topics class”/”Cryptocurrency and blockchain”
  • Government Series, second, “What to do with the libraries”
  • Reporting, honorable mention, for “Reward offered for information about large-scale cattle death case”
  • Reporting Series, honorable mention, for “Mining cryptocurrency”

Keith Norman, former reporter, four awards:

  • Government Series, first, “North Dakota investment”/”Bison World”
  • Reporting Series, second, “Early and long”: Series on the rural fire department
  • Government Reporting, second, “New State Hospital project”
  • Agricultural Coverage, second, “Ag innovation fund …”

Jamestown Sun staff, three awards:

  • Best Web Site, first
  • Overall Design Excellence, second
  • Editorial, second, “Thank you, essential workers, for what you do”

Katie Ringer, sports reporter, three awards:

  • Sports Feature: first, “Ford's finale: A storied career ends for JHS track star”
  • Sports Reporting, second, “Headed to state: Blue Jays best Mandan in state play-in”
  • Sports Series, second, “On the way to the Dakota Bowl”

John M. Steiner, chief photographer, nine awards:

  • Sports Photo, first, “Flying high”
  • Spot News Photo, second, “Dumpster fire”
  • Picture Story second, “Class of 2021”
  •  Portrait Photo, second, “Birds fly”
  • Agricultural Photo, second, “Cold snap”
  • Outdoor Recreation Photo, second, “Frosty Walk”
  • News Photo, third, “Adding up grass fire”
  •  Feature Photo, third, “Best birds”
  • Pictorial Photo, third, “Snow flurries and geese”

Michael Savaloja, former sports editor, one award:


  • Sports Column, second, “Sun sets on 13-year sports writing career”

Forum Communications Co. staff, three awards:

  • Emma Santee, Standing News Front, third, Oil Deal Goes Sour
  • Angela Ecklund, Standing News Front, second, Jamestown Rural Fire
  • Alex Kallmeyer, Front Page Design, third, 

Advertising Awards (includes names of Forum Communications Co. staff who worked on the ads)

Robert Keller, publisher/advertising director, seven awards

  • Use of Color, first, with Chris Johnson, Recycle North Dakota
  • Vehicle Ad, first, with Chris Johnson, Klein's Collision Center, Inc.
  • Small Space Ad, first, with Tammy Doyle, Dr. Dawn's Pet Shop
  • Agricultural Ad, third, with Tammy Doyle, Chris Johnson, Mollie Burlingame, Cavendish Farms
  • Single Ad, third, with Tasha Kenyon, Creative Energy
  •  Vehicle Ad, honorable mention, with Katie Hastings, Dale's Auto Mall & More
  • Home/Gardening Ad, honorable mention, with Creative Team, Home Design Center and Valley Flooring

Gavin Kutz, multi-media specialist, 11 awards 

  • Food Ad, first, with Katie Hastings, Playoff Specials! Jonny B’s Brickhouse
  • Entertainment/Liquor Ad, first, with Mollie Burlingame, Game Day Growlers! Jonny B's Brickhouse
  • Home/Gardening Ad, first, with Creative Team, Infinity Building Services
  • Ad Series, first, with Alex Dietz, Brenda Lawrence, Luanna Lake, R.M. Stoudt
  • Vehicle Ad, second, with Jen Phillips, Ford Truck Month RM Stoudt
  • Apparel Ad, second, with Sara Slaby, Performance Fishing Apparel, Gun & Reel Sports
  • Ad Series, third, with Jamie Holte, Jen Phillips, Rachel Poser, Golden Ticket R. M. Stoudt
  • Outdoors/Sports Ad, third, with Mollie Burlingame, The Hunt is On! Gun & Reel Sports
  • Outdoors/Sports Ad, honorable mention, with Brenda Lawrence, Gun & Reel Sports
  • Health Care Ad, honorable mention, with Andy Goble, Get Your Flu Shot Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • Agricultural Ad, honorable mention, with Creative Team, Vining Oil & Gas

Chelsey Staloch, advertising assistant, three awards

  • Signature Page, first, with Rebekah Ness, Congratulations Blue Jays!
  • Food Ad, second, with Jen Phillips, The Pantry Cafe
  • Use of Color, honorable mention, with Deb Zens, Bingo Marathon All Vets Club
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