Lexington Clipper-Herald Wins Seven Awards in NPA 2022 Better Newspaper Contest | Latest titles

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Lexington Clipper-Herald Staff Reports

KEARNEY — The Lexington Clipper-Herald was among many state newspapers to win prizes in the Nebraska Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Journalist Brian Neben won first place in Class B Sports Action Photography, first place and second place in Single Feature Story, second place in In-Depth Writing, second place in Breaking News Photography, second place in Feature Series and third place in Feature Photography.

The competition divides weekly newspapers into four circulation categories, Class A being the smallest and Class D the largest. As a bi-weekly newspaper, the Lexington Clipper-Herald is judged Class B.

The winners of the Nebraska Press Association’s Best Newspaper contest are the weekly Orchard Antelope County News and the daily Scottsbluff Star-Herald.

By placing first among all Nebraska weeklies entered, Orchard Antelope County News will display the Loral Johnson Community Weekly Sweepstakes Award for one year. This year marks the 19th annual presentation of the Loral Johnson Community Newspaper Sweepstakes. Loral has had a lifelong passion for community journalism, and this award is given in memory of his enthusiasm.

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The Orchard Antelope County News finished with 23 first place awards, 22 second best judged awards and 20 third best judged awards for a total of 542 points. This is the fifth year that they have won this award.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald was the winner in the daily category, which excludes Omaha and Lincoln dailies. It ended with seven awards for first place, 12 for second and eight for third for a total of 298 points. This is the sixth time the Scottsbluff Star-Herald has won the daily raffle. Categories for weeklies and dailies focus on writing, photography, advertising, digital, design and creativity.

The other weeklies in the top three were, second, Stanton Register and Aurora News-Register, third. The North Platte Telegraph finished second in the daily category with the Norfolk Daily News third.

More than 2,400 separate entries were judged by members of the New York Press Association. The Edgecombe Family Community Newspaper Digital Sweepstakes Awards were presented at the 2022 convention.

The weekly that won this award is the Orchard Antelope County News. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald is the daily to have won the Digital Sweepstakes Award.

The other weeklies in the top three were tied for second, Hartington Cedar County News and Stanton Register.

The Kearney Hub finished second in the daily category with the North Platte Telegraph third.

The first, second and third place winners were announced Saturday night at an awards banquet at the Crowne Plaza in Kearney.

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