Register brings home 2019 SDNA awards


BROOKINGS – The Brookings Register was honored as one of the top small daily newspapers in the state in the 2019 South Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Contest, bringing home a total of 22 awards.

SDNA’s 2020 convention was canceled due to COVID-19, but contest results were released online last week. The Brookings Register claimed the second-place prize for Best Typography and Design and third place for General Excellence among daily newspapers in the under-7,000 circulation category.

“I’m proud of the work our staff does each day,” Brookings Register Publisher Billy McMacken said. “The awards for our peers are validation of the talent we are fortunate to have in our building.”

Other editorial honors awarded to Register staff in the dailies under-7,000 circulation category were:

• Best feature story – non-profile, second place, Eric Sandbulte

• Best feature story – profile, third place, John Kubal

• Best portrait photo, first place, Matthew Rhodes

• Best portrait photo, third place, John Kubal

• Best headline writing, first place, Doug Kott

• Best headline writing, third place, Jill Fier

• Best lede, second place, Eric Sandbulte

• Best local column, second place, John Kubal

• Best local column, third place, Billy McMacken

• Best spot news story, third place, Jodelle Greiner

• Best local government story, third place, Matthew Rhodes

• Best news series, second place, Eric Sandbulte

• Best sports photo, second place, Sean Welsh

• Best sports reporting, third place, Jodelle Greiner

• Best special publication, third place, Brookings Register staff, among all daily newspapers.

The Register’s art and advertising staff was also honored with five awards, including three for first place, competing against all the state’s daily newspapers. They included:

• Best two-column ad, first place, Nikki Brower and Tracy Jonas

• Best business directory page, second place, Greg Roe and ad sales staff

• Best newspaper promotion, first place, Greg Roe and Billy McMacken

• Best series ad idea, first place, Nikki Brower and Tracy Jonas

• Best use of color, third place, Nikki Brower and Tracy Jonas.

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