Roundup Named Top Paper

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For the eleventh year in a row, the Payson Roundup was named the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona by the Arizona Newspaper Association and for the first time, a Roundup reporter won the journalist of the year category.

Reporter Pete Aleshire was named top journalist for the non-daily division alongside Rob O’Dell with the Arizona Daily Star in the dailies division.

Nearly every newspaper in Arizona belongs to the ANA. This year, 54 newspapers entered the Better Newspapers Contents submitting 1,155 entries.

Beyond winning Newspaper of the Year, the editorial team garnered 24 additional awards from Saturday's ceremony at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix.

The Roundup won the top award for “general excellence” in its circulation category of 3,500 to 10,000. First-place award categories included departmental news, page design, editorial page, news story, sustained coverage, investigative story, sports column, news feature, enterprise reporting, feature photograph and feature photo layout.

The paper also won second place for its website and overall reporting and news writing and third for a special section on Julie Randall Elementary School.

Individually, Aleshire won four first place awards for news story, sustained coverage, investigative and enterprise reporting. Alexis Bechman won third for new story and second for investigate and enterprise reporting.

Sports reporter Max Foster won first and second place for his sports column and Suzanne Jacobson won first for a news feature.

In photos, Editor Tom Brossart won two first places and a third and photographer Andy Towle won three second places.

For complete award details, read Tuesday’s Roundup.

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