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News · February 15, 2013


The West Branch Times earned four awards Friday at the Iowa Newspaper Association 2013 Better Newspaper Contests.


The newspaper won first place for Breaking News Story, “8 band members hospitalized,” by Gregory R. Norfleet, and second place for Best Editorial Page, Excellence in Editorial Writing and Best Breaking News Story, “Guns drawn, drug raid nets 11,” also by Gregory R. Norfleet.

“We’re proud of the coverage we provide in West Branch, with the goal that it helps citizens engage with their community,” Co-publisher Jake Krob said. “The honors are an affirmation that we’re doing good work.”

Krob was especially pleased with the editorial page awards.

“A strong editorial page has always been important at the Times,” he said. “It’s awesome to see the strength of that part of the paper recognized, under the guidance of Gregory.”

The West Branch Times was classified with newspapers with circulation of 1,301 to 2,200.

The INA also honored Times’ Co-Publisher Stuart Clark with one its Distinguished Service Awards.

Clark, who is also editor of the Tipton Conservative & Advertiser, was recognized as a “true humanitarian” for extensive involvement in local boards and organizations, dedication to the newspaper, showing pride in his town and helping boost economic involvement.

This year’s entries were judged by the South Dakota Newspaper Assoc. More than 4,100 entries were submitted.

For the Best Breaking News Story, there were 13 entries. The judge commented that the story regarding the band members, who were overcome by heat exhaustion while performing at Hoover’s Hometown Days, had a “strong lead, interesting story that moved along well. Great job.”

On the second-place story regarding the drug raid, the judge wrote that it had a “good lead, interesting story.”

“Great coverage of all parts of the incident,” the judge wrote.

There were six entries for Excellence in Editorial Writing.

“Very good editorials!” the judge wrote. “Very well written and interesting! Great topics!”

There were also six entries for Best Editorial Page. First place was the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun, a sister newspaper to the Times.

“Good local columns and editorials,” wrote the judge about the Times. “Nice, clean layout.”

West Branch Communications newspapers garnered 12 awards total in the statewide contest. The Marion Times earning second place for Total Newspaper Design and third place for Best Front Page. The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun earned first place for Best Editorial Page and Best Ad featuring Financial, Insurance or Other Professional Service; second place for Best Feature Photo (Jake Krob); and third place for Best Feature Page, Master Columnist (Jake Krob), and Best Ad Featuring Automotive, Boats, Aircraft, Tires, Gasoline, Etc.

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