The Lovell Chronicle has been judged the top small weekly newspaper in Wyoming in the latest annual contest sponsored by the Wyoming Press Association.
During a Saturday night banquet at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn capping the 114th annual WPA Winter Convention, the Chronicle received the Wallace R. Biggs Trophy for general excellence among Wyoming small weeklies in 2012. The trophy was accepted by Chronicle publisher David Peck, who attended the convention with Chronicle advertising manager Stormy Jameson.
The Chronicle also won first place for advertising excellence among small weeklies during Saturday night’s awards banquet.
“I am thrilled that our newspaper has been recognized for the quality work that our staff does week in, week out for our community,” Peck said. “Our crew works extremely hard to bring news, photography and advertising to our readers in a fashion that is valuable to them.
“It’s a true team effort involving our staff and our community. This award is our community’s award.”
Judges from the North Dakota Press Association praised the Chronicle – based on two issues chosen at random for the contest and a third chosen by the Chronicle staff – for the paper’s strong news writing, photography, sports writing, advertising and typography.
“We hope your advertisers appreciate you,” judges wrote, adding, “This is a tough category because there are so many worthy papers.”
The Chronicle received a perfect score of 100 in the advertising excellence category, and judges wrote that the paper is “very nicely laid out” with “great ads.” Judges added, “The type is very big and easy to read. Great pics!! And (the ads are) sized wonderfully!”
The Chronicle also won the sweepstakes trophy for small weeklies for receiving the most individual “Pacemaker” awards in various categories.
The Chronicle’s sister newspaper, the Greybull Standard, received four major awards Saturday: second place in general excellence, typography, advertising and editorial leadership.
The Chronicle received several individual Pacemaker awards during the convention in Cheyenne based on items selected and submitted by the Chronicle staff.
Production Manager Pat Parmer won two coveted prizes: a first-place Pacemaker for front page design for the Dec. 8, 2011, edition of the paper and another first-place award for open page design for the Jan. 12, 2012, edition.
Judges wrote of the Dec. 8 edition, “The design for the Lovell Chronicle defines each article in a way that eliminates confusion for readers. The use of color is not overbearing, but ties pieces together.”
Noted judges in regard to the open page design award, “Color ties throughout the page in the flag, headlines, articles, etc. Breaks up the typical black and white print but is not fatiguing to the reader.”
The Chronicle staff won a first-place Pacemaker in the institutional ad category for the “Let’s Go Bulldogs” poster, backed by local ads, that was printed prior to the Lovell Bulldogs state championship football game in Laramie in 2011, and judges wrote: “Great color, short, sweet and to the point. Very eye-catching ad.”
The newspaper advertising staff – Parmer and Jameson – won a first-place “Plus Business Ad Idea” Pacemaker for the “Young at Heart” promotion for Valentine’s Day 2012 honoring area senior citizens.
Peck won a first-place Pacemaker for spot news story for his July 12, 2012, story about the search for 9-year-old Tyler Hatch in the Upper South Fork of the Shoshone River. Judges wrote: “Gripping story well-chronicled, with ties to Big Horn County neatly packaged. Peck brought readers into the story.”
Peck also won a first-place Pacemaker in the sports photography category for a Nov. 17, 2011, photo of LHS football player Dino Collins “reaching for the pylon” as he scores a touchdown during Lovell’s 21-13 win over Lyman in the state football title game.
Second-place Pacemakers were awarded to Peck in the Sports Column category, to the Chronicle staff for Best Web Page and to Chronicle reporter Patti Carpenter for Specialty/Beat Reporting for her agricultural industry coverage of proposed child labor laws and other issues.
Peck and Carpenter shared a third-place photography Pacemaker in the Photo Story category for their coverage of the 2012 Big Horn Canyon Triathlon, and Peck won a third-place Pacemaker in the Sports Photo category for a photo of wrestler Brigham Hopkin “putting on the squeeze” to pin an opponent in February of 2012.
Honorable mention Pacemakers were awarded to Carpenter in the News Feature category for an Aug. 9, 2012, story about the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range roundup; to Peck in the Sports News category for a Nov. 17, 2011, story about the Bulldogs winning the state football title game in Laramie; to the staff for headline writing; to Parmer in the Institutional Ad category for a Healthy Heart Day ad; and to Parmer in the House Ad category for an ad promoting the paper’s new E-edition.