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Southern Utah News Front Page: April 18, 2019

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SUN named best in state at UPA convention

The Southern Utah News staff holdng some of the awards they received at the Utah Press Association’s annual convention in Salt Lake City this past weekend (l-r): Hilda Crutchfield, Brooke Knighton, Dixie and Dennis Brunner.



By Dixie Brunner

The Southern Utah News was awarded the coveted General Excellence Award at the April 12 Utah Press Association’s Better Newspaper Awards ceremony held at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

For the second year in a row, and third in the last four years, the SUN took home the top state honor. They won 12 first place, 10 second and three third place awards, in the Group 1 smaller newspapers contest judged by South Dakota newspaper publishers and editors.

Southern Utah News received first place honors for:

•Best Feature Series-Birder Series, by Ken Koontz

•Best Sports Column-Talking Sports, by Dennis Brunner

•Best News Coverage-Entire newspaper covering three separate dates

•Best News Photograph-Dueling buffalo, photo by Dennis Brunner

•Best Display Ad-Jacob Hamblin Days

•Best Use of Ad Color-July 4th Color Run

•Best Advertising Idea-Pigskin Predictions

•Best Circulation Promotion-Best darn little paper in Utah

•Best In-House Self Promotion- Best darn little paper in Utah

•Best Special Section-Southern Utah Vacation Guide


•Best Public Notice Coverage

Second place awards were given to the SUN for:

•Best News Story-Fredonia School Lockout, by Daisy Johnson

•Best Digital Breaking News Story-Double Fatality Crash, by Dixie Brunner

•Best Editorial-Transparency is Priceless, by Caralee Woods

•Best Feature Story-Area Icon Marlin Brown, by Dixie Brunner

•Best News Series-The Tragedy of Suicide, by Dixie Brunner

•Best Photo Page-Christmas Light Festival, photos by Ken Koontz

•Best Feature Photograph-Jacob Hamblin Ranch Rodeo, photo by Barry Glazier

•Best Sports Photograph-Girls take third at state

•Best Sports Story-Cowboys lose heartbreaker, by Dennis Brunner

•Best Community Event-Balloons & Tunes, by Dixie Brunner

Third place awards went for:

•Best Editor’s Column-2Late2Change, by Dixie Brunner

•Best Front Page

•Best Lifestyle Page

The Southern Utah News was also given a first place award for the second straight year, the rare Community Service Award. That award goes to only one newspaper in the state. The competition includes dailies and weeklies, and is given for a story or series that has had significant impact on the community. This one was on the tragedy of suicide series written by Dixie Brunner.

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