Awards pile up for Messenger staff in two competitions

The editorial and advertising staffs of The Messenger have won multiple awards in two statewide programs that recognize newspaper excellence.

The awards were announced recently by the Associated Press Media Editors and the Iowa Newspaper Association.

In the APME competition, Staff Writer Joe Sutter won the third-place award for continuing news coverage for his stories regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Assistant Sports Editor Chris Johnson won first place in sports enterprise reporting for a story entitled “Forever Young.”

Sports Editor Eric Pratt won third place in the sports spot news category for a story on the death of longtime Fort Dodge sports fan Denny Olson.

Also in the APME competition, Staff Writer Chad Thompson won the third-place award in the general news category for a photo he took of an area veteran and his family in Washington, D.C., during a Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight.

Sports Photographer Britt Kudla won three awards in the APME competition. She received first- and second-place awards in the sports action photo category and a second-place award in the sports feature photo category.

In the INA competition, Pratt won first place in the best sports story category.

Kudla won two awards. She received third-place honors for both best sports photo and best feature photo.

Staff Writer Hans Madsen won third place in the best news photo competition.

The newspaper won these other honors in the INA competition:

• Best feature page: third place;

• Coverage of government and politics: second place;

• Coverage of agriculture: third place;

• Coverage of business: third place;

• Best special section — editorial: third place;

• Best ad featuring furniture, furnishings, appliances or hardware: second place;

• Best ad featuring automotive, boats, aircraft, tires, gasoline: first and third place;

• Best ad featuring miscellaneous: third place;

• Best special section advertising: first place;

• Best web advertisement: third place.