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The Union earns 10 awards from National Newspaper Association

The Union newspaper learned this week it has garnered 10 awards from the National Newspaper Association in its 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

The newspaper has won a General Excellence award, which will be presented at NNA’s 125th annual Convention and Trade Show in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sept. 24.

Staff Writer Liz Kellar earned first place in the Best Feature Story competition for her “Life on the Ridge” package, reporting on North San Juan and the San Juan Ridge, which judges deemed to be “far and away the strongest entry.”

Another first place went to Staff Writer Kyle Magin, whose piece “Big boxes in Nevada County?,” discussing how big box stores might fit in the community, took top honors in the Best Business Feature Story. also took first place in Best Newspaper Web Site category.

“This site was clean and easy to navigate and the staff is clearly trying to make the most of their platform,” judges wrote.

The Union earned first place in the Community Service Award contest, for its “Buck$$ for books” package, encouraging donations to Nevada County libraries, and for its “Paint the Town Pink” event that raises funds and awareness for the battle against breast cancer.

Second place went to Kellar, Magin, Trina Kleist, Michelle Rindels and Greyson Howard in the Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series for their special report “Marijuana in Nevada County.”

The Union tied for third place for Best Local News Coverage, prompting judges to write, “Excellent entries across the board in this category, making it a difficult decision to choose a third-place winner. Both of these publications (Antelope Valley Press & The Union) deserve recognition of their local coverage.”

Brian Hamilton took second place in Best Sports Feature Story for his coverage of the 50th annual Nevada City Classic bicycle race. The Union also took third place for Best Sports Section and Hamilton earned honorable mention for Best Sports Column for his piece on Bear River softball players Courtney Ceo and Katie Mathis.

To read The Union’s award-winning entries, see this story at online.

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association is the largest newspaper association in the country. The Union’s contest entries were judged in the Daily Division with other newspapers of 16,000 circulation and above. NNA reported receiving 2,042 entries in the Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards are on the heels of honors won by The Union from the California Newspaper Publishers Association in April, including a second-place award for an informational graphic produced by Copy Editor Kim Midboe in advance of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race.

The Union also received honorable mention from the CNPA in the Online Coverage category; in the Special Issue division, for its section in advance of the Amgen race; and in the Best Video competition.

CNPA represents daily and weekly newspapers in California. The Union competed in the category of newspapers with between 10,000 and 25,000 subscribers.