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Herald wins 28 awards for writing, photography, design, advertising

| October 12, 2021 1:00 AM

MOSES LAKE — The Columbia Basin Herald took home 28 awards from the 2021 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest in a livestream ceremony Friday.

The 28 awards were three more than the Herald earned in 2020.

“To say that I am proud of our team is an understatement,” Herald Publisher Caralyn Bess wrote in an email. “We continue to make changes to improve the quality of our content and our advertising as we continue to work tirelessly to cover our community and to bring value to our community.”

Bess said the awards are a recognition of the Herald staff’s hard work.

“I’ve always said it takes each and every one of our small, but mighty, incredible team to produce our daily miracle,” she wrote. “I say daily miracle because it truly is a miracle that we produce a completely new product every day. And we are very proud to be the guardians of our community.”

Herald Managing Editor Dave Burgess said the staff has met the challenge of challenging times.

“The Herald news team is pulling through unusual times yet is delivering award-winning news to readers,” he wrote in an email. “Our recognition from the publishers association is something I am very proud of.”

Director of Advertising Bob Richardson praised the work of the advertising team.

“We have a very creative team and we work well together,” Richardson wrote in an email. “Our top notch design team does a great job helping our local businesses promote and market themselves. I am super proud of our team and all of their accomplishments.”

It’s the second year the annual WNPA banquet was scrubbed in favor of a virtual event as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards include:

News

Community Service: Second place, Caralyn Bess and Dana Moreno for “Senior Picnic.”

News Story, Long, group 3: First place, Sam Fletcher for “A Century of Remediation.”

Social Issue Story, group 3: First place, Emry Dinman for “We’re Surviving.”

News Headline, group 3: First place, Joel Martin for “A Man for All Seasonings;” second place, Columbia Basin Herald staff for “Ramping Up to a Remodel.”

History Feature Story, group 3: Second place, Charles Featherstone for “Lucky Strike.”

Government Story, group 3: Third place, Angelica Relente for “Local Control for Reopening Plans.”

Personality Profile, Short, group 3: Third place, Cheryl Schweizer for “In the Right Place.”

General Feature Story, Long, group 3: Third place, Cheryl Schweizer for “A Hero’s Parade.”

Front Page Design, group 3 & 4: Second place, Columbia Basin Herald staff for “Uncertainty for Graduation.”

Topical, In-Paper Special Sections: Third place, Columbia Basin Herald staff for “The New Normal.”

Photography

Photographer of the Year: Third place, Casey McCarthy.

Color Feature Photo, groups 3 & 4: First place, Casey McCarthy for “Winging It.”

Special Sections

Community Guide, Special Sections: Third place, Columbia Basin Herald staff for Moses Lake Magazine.

Advertising

Ad of the Year: First place, Caralyn Bess and Dana Moreno for “Come In, We’re Open;” second place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team for “The Weston;” third place, Dana Moreno for “Grant County Health District Holiday Tips.”

Ad Campaign, groups 1-3: First place, Caralyn Bess and Dana Moreno for “Come in, We’re Open;” third place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team for “Skaug Brothers Carpet One Floor & Home Spillabration.”

Color Ad, Half-Page or Larger: First place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team for “Adopt A Pet;” Second place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team for “Easter Services.”

Color Ad, Half-Page or Smaller, groups 3 & 4: First place, Dana Moreno for “Shop & Dine Local;” second place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team, for “Skaug Brothers Carpet One Floor & Home Spillabration.”

Humorous Ad: First place, Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team for “Skaug Brothers Carpet One Floor & Home New Cabinets.”

Single Advertiser, Half-Page or Larger, groups 3 & 4: Third place, Dana Moreno for “Adams County Development Council.”

Best Use of Clip Art, groups 3 & 4: First place, Dana Moreno for “Grant County Health District Trick or Treat.”

Digital

Special Interest Website: First place, Columbia Basin Herald and Hagadone Media Washington for “LightUpMosesLake.com.”

Online Ad: First place, Dana Moreno for “Grant County Health District Holiday Tips.”

Online Photo Essay: Third place, Columbia Basin Herald staff for “Moses Lake graduation.”