Roundup Ties For Newspaper Of The Year

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The Payson Roundup and Camp Verde Journal tied for the top newspaper honor in the state for non-daily newspapers Saturday during the Arizona Newspapers Foundation's Better Newspapers Contest.


The Roundup and the Camp Verde Journal were named Newspapers of the Year in the non-daily division as the top point earners in the ANF's competitions for newswriting and advertising excellence. The advertising competition was held in the spring.


The ANF, which is a non-profit branch of the Arizona Newspapers Association, handed out more than 300 awards to 50 daily and non-daily newspapers in the state during its 1999 fall convention at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel.


The Arizona Republic won Newspaper of the Year in the daily division for newspapers with circulations of more than 25,000 and it shared the general excellence award with The Tribune for the east Valley.


The Roundup, which was entered in the non-daily division for newspapers with circulations of less than 10,000, and the Camp Verde Journal, which was entered in the non-daily division for newspapers with circulations of less than 3,500, also received overall general excellence awards in their respective divisions.


The Business Journal and Daily News-Sun also received general excellence awards in their divisions.


The Journal received first-place in its division for community service and journalistic achievement. The first-place community service award also went to The Tribune, Bisbee News, West Valley View and The Daily Courier.


The Roundup won first-place in its division for newswriting excellence, general news coverage, editorial page excellence, and special section for its 1999 Progress edition.


Newspapers in the state submitted nearly 400 entries for judging in categories that included journalistic achievement/community service, editorial page excellence, best use of photography, typographical/ page design excellence, news writing excellence and general/departmental news coverage.


Awards for best use of photography in the non-daily division for newspapers with circulations less than 10,000 went to The Verde Independent, first place; Cottonwood Journal Extra, second place;

and The Fountain Hills Times, third place.


The Roundup news staff swept the individual awards in the best news story category and best lifestyle feature story category. The following Roundup staff members brought home first-place trophies:


• Jerry Thebado won best news story for his article, "Sheriff's department out on a limb on insurance";

  • Katy Whitehouse won for best lifestyle feature story with her article, "Four-wheelers welcome company";


• Myndi Brogdon won for best news feature for her article, "Lone Rider on the Range";


• Brian Beck won for best news photograph for his photo of a woman who was rescued from a flash flood and for best feature photo for his photo titled "A bird in the hand."


Whitehouse also received a third-place award for best lifestyle feature.


Brogdon received a second- and third-place award for best news story, a third-place for best sports story, and second-place for best news photograph.


Max Foster received a third-place award for best feature photo layout and an honorable mention for best sports story.


Carolyn Wall received a second-place award for best lifestyle feature.


The articles and photographs they submitted were among 1,370 individual entries.

ANF award winners

The Arizona Newspapers Foundation's overall winners for 1998-99 were as follows:


Newspaper of the Year

Arizona Republic, published by John Oppedahl


The Journal, Camp Verde, published by Robert Larson


Payson Roundup, published by Richard Haddad


General Excellence

The Journal, Camp Verde

Payson Roundup

The Business Journal

Daily News Sun

The Tribune, East Valley

Arizona Republic

In the Payson Roundup's category -- non-daily newspapers with less than 10,000 circulation -- the following awards were presented:


News Writing Excellence

1st place, Payson Roundup

2nd place, Arizona Capitol Times

3rd place, Peoria Times

General/Dept. News Coverage

1st place, Payson Roundup

2nd place, Verde Independent

3rd place, Glendale Star

Typographical Page Design Excellence

1st place, Peoria Times (a tie)

1st place, The Glendale Star

2nd place, The Payson Roundup

3rd place, The Verde Independent

Editorial Page Excellence

1st place, Payson Roundup

2nd place, Sedona Redrock News

3rd place, Peoria Times

Best Use of Photography

1st place, The Verde Independent

2nd place, Cottonwood Journal Extra

3rd place, The Fountain Hills Times

Community Service/Journalistic Achievement


1st place, Bisbee News

2nd place, The Fountain Hills Times

3rd place, The Glendale Star

Special Section

1st place, Payson Roundup

2nd place, Wickenburg Sun

3rd place, Cottonwood Journal Extra

Honorable Mention, Payson Roundup

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