During the 2014 Iowa Newspaper Association Convention, the Iowa Associated Press Media Editors presented its annual news writing contest awards. Among the honorees were two members of the staff of the Newton Daily News.
Sports Editor Jocelyn Sheets received a third-place award in sports action photography for the photo she snapped of a seventh-grade Berg Middle School football player running down the sideline for an eventual touchdown. Judges said they were struck by the reactions of the players on the sideline in the photo.
Editor Bob Eschliman received a second-place award in the editorial writing category for a series of Daily News editorials he authored during 2013. The same editorials won second place in the Iowa Newspaper Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest, as well.
The APME is a professional network and resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations. Each year, the Iowa APME holds a news writing contest for its print-newspaper members to promote further staff development.
Other newspapers in the Daily News’ competition class included the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, the Burlington Hawkeye, the Sioux City Journal and Iowa City Press-Citizen.