Full contest results

April 27, 2024

LINCOLN — Sweepstakes winners in the Nebraska Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest are the weekly Stanton Register and the daily Norfolk Daily News.

By placing first among all the Nebraska weeklies entered, the Stanton Register is the second recipient of the inaugural ALLEN & LINDA BEERMANN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SWEEPSTAKES AWARD. Allen retired at the end of 2019 after serving 26 years as executive director of NPA; his wife, Linda, a long-time journalist and broadcaster, passed away in November 2022.

The Stanton Register finished with 13 first-place awards, 12 judged second best awards and 10 judged third best awards for a point total of 264. This is their second year to win this award.

Long-time former publishers and NPA members R.L. “Butch” and Nancy Furse sponsored the print Division A, B, C and D winners: Division A – Stanton Register; Division B – North Bend Eagle; Division C – Hartington Cedar County News; and Division D – Orchard Antelope County News.

The Norfolk Daily News was the winner in the daily category, which excludes dailies in Omaha and Lincoln. It finished with 15 first-place awards, 12 for second and 16 for third for a point total of 346. This is the fourth time the Norfolk Daily News has won the daily sweepstakes. Categories for both weeklies and dailies are focused on writing, photography, advertising, digital, design and creativity.

Finishing second in the daily category was the Hastings Tribune with the North Platte Telegraph, third.

There were 2,569 separate entries judged by members of the South Carolina Press Association.

The Orchard Antelope County News was the Community Newspaper Digital Sweepstakes Award, which was also sponsored by R.L. “Butch” and Nancy Furse, long-time former publishers and NPA members.

The North Platte Telegraph is the daily newspaper to win the Digital Sweepstakes Award.

Other weeklies in the top three were, second, Sarpy County Times and Fairbury Journal-News, third.

Finishing second in the daily category was the Norfolk Daily News with the Fremont Tribune, third.

First, second and third place winners were announced Saturday night at an Awards Banquet at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.

Full contest results can be downloaded here: ContestRelease2024



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