The Arnold Sentinel came away with three awards in the 2020 Better Newspaper Competition among the newspapers of Nebraska. The awards were announced through an on-line presentation June 25 due to the cancellation of the Nebraska Press Association’s Annual Convention, normally held in the spring.
The Sentinel placed 1st in the Class A Single Feature Story category with the entry “Chester From Nebraska” written by Janet Larreau. The story, about unassuming farm boy Chester Oberg rocking it on stage at a concert, caught the judges’ attention.
A judge commented, “Great narrative style, great context for readers, and lots of personality through quotes.”
The Sentinel placed 2nd in the Class A Youth category. Three examples of youth coverage were submitted for this entry, including the Sentinel’s first ever 16-page 4-H Youth Tab, filled with stories about our local 4-H youth and supportive sponsor ads; a CAPABLE intern story focusing on Lydia Connell; and the story “How to Start a Business: 101,” informing readers about young entrepreneurs Ella Cool, Ryker Atkins and Macy Atkins, who were hard at work over the summer making and selling their individual products.
And finally, the Sentinel placed 2nd in the Heading Writing category with the headline “A Split Second” by Janet Larreau with Arnold resident Clint Connelly pictured going head-to-head with a 1,400 lb. bull.
More than 3,400 separate entries, representing 10 dailies and 59 weeklies, were judged by the Illinois Press Association. Entries were submitted from issues published from January 1 to December 31, 2019.