The Arnold Sentinel came away with three awards in the 2019 Better Newspaper Competition among the newspapers of Nebraska. The awards were announced Saturday, April 6, at the Nebraska Press Association’s 145th Annual Convention Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.
The Sentinel placed 1st in Class A Weekly Feature Photography with the entry “Go, Dog, Go!” by Jessica Tickle. The photo, taken of the Tickle family’s Yellow Lab/Great Pyrenes Mix, Mae, riding on a sled with the Tickle boys, caught the judges’ attention. The judges commented, “Hilarious snap and sense of action!”
A story by Janet Larreau placed 2nd in the Single Feature Story Class A Weekly category. The story, titled “Hitting that Monday Deadline!” was written about the talented APS students who took on the challenge of covering sports for The Sentinel. The judge commented, “…Something we take for granted in the news businesses – those stringers. Great idea for a story and well written. Enjoyed reading about the history, the students and their achievements as well as overcoming their shortcomings. Nice.”
The Sentinel placed 3rd in the category of Single Feature Story Class A Weekly for a story written by Pepper Werner. Titled “Community Rallies to Help Andre Family,” the story told about Eugene Andre’s medical crisis and how family and neighbors stepped in to help him with farming and cattle work. The judge commented, “I enjoyed the story and how the writer reflected between small town life vs. city life. The humanity of Eugene having to reflect on changes he needed in his life and how his neighbors helped plant his crops doesn’t happen enough. Good story.”
More than 3,500 separate entries, representing 9 dailies and 69 weeklies, were judged by members of the Louisiana Press Association.
Attendees from The Arnold Sentinel took in the informative sessions at the convention center for the two days, heard outstanding speakers, and networked with journalists from across the state.
The NPA is the state’s oldest trade association, which is comprised of all 164 daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska. “Inspire” was this year’s convention theme.