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Your local newspaper earns top prize in 3 categories at Laramie convention

Posted: Monday, Jan 20th, 2014

Herald ad designer Sue Bruynes shows her award for best designed ad. Bruynes earned the award for a Cowboy Motors ad that ran last year. Winners were announced last week during the annual Wyoming Press Association Winter Convention in Laramie. (HERALD PHOTO/Deborah Demander)

By Deborah Demander

Herald Reporter

LARAMIE — The newspaper you’re holding in your hands became a hot commodity over the weekend. That’s because the Uinta County Herald took home three first place prizes for journalistic excellence during the Wyoming Press Association’s annual winter conference.

Graphic artist Susan Bruynes was awarded a first place ribbon in the display-advertising category for a creative ad she designed for Cowboy Motors.

Judges applauded Bruynes’ creativity and design saying, “So clever. Great tie-in with headline and image. Clean and simple.”

In the spot news category, the Herald netted another blue ribbon, with a story by former editor Matthew Roberts about an officer-involved shooting that occurred here in May.

Judges had great things to say about the story, including, “Tight, fast-paced writing. Matches what I’m sure was a tense situation. And I would be remiss to not give kudos to the photog. Great overall package.”

The Herald also won first place for having the best special section. The New Mexico Press Association, which judged all of Wyoming’s entries this year, recognized the annual Southwest Wyoming Visitor’s Guide, which is published every spring and distributed by the Chamber of Commerce and at various locations throughout the area.

The guide is a group effort by every member of the southwest Wyoming group’s staff, from the sales team who finds area advertisers to participate in the venture, to the editorial staff who writes the articles and takes the pictures, to the design team who puts the whole thing together and makes it look great.

Judges’ comments for the guide were: “Colorful special section filled with information to benefit tourists and locals. Layout and ad designs, articles and pictures are all very attractive and compliment the section. They seem to captivate all types of readers.”

The Uinta County Herald’s sister paper, the Kemmerer Gazette, placed second for a feature news story by former editor Jennifer Hassig.

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