The Herald Journal recently collected several awards from the Utah Press Association, including a win for best news series from a larger newspaper.
“Deadly Decisions,” a six-story series on dangerous driving published in September 2014, took a top award, with contest judges commenting that it showed “great reporting and storytelling.”
“Touching, dramatic, family and community stories, each with important lessons to be taught. Eye opening facts about driving for the average person,” wrote the judges, who come from newspapers in other states.
The series looked at dangers like texting behind the wheel and drinking and driving.
Education reporter Kelly Cannon was recognized with a third-place award for general news reporting. Her story looked at a Utah State University campus protest held after feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian canceled a lecture in response to an anonymous threat of a mass shooting.
Another win came for the Herald Journal’s front page design, with wire editor Chuck Nunn picking up a second-place award in that category.
Chief photographer Eli Lucero also earned second place for feature photo for “Solar Spectacle,” which showed the LDS Church temple in Brigham City, Utah, outlined by a solar eclipse.
The Herald Journal’s ad department also did well, with lead designer Hannah Howell recognized with four awards: second place for staff-produced campaign for Bear River Health Department’s “Ask an Expert” ad, second place for best use of ad color for the March Madness Bracket Challenge, second for best advertising idea for Snowblind Punch Pass, and best special section for the Christmas coloring book.
Created in 1893, the Utah Press Association functions “as a collective voice and a legislative watch for all Utah member newspapers,” according to its website. UPA annually recognizes excellence in the state’s newspapers and presents awards to industry leaders.