The Sheldon Mail-Sun was honored as one of the top newspapers in the state during the Iowa Newspaper Association Virtual Awards Ceremony last Thursday.
The Mail-Sun placed first in general excellence among Weekly Class II papers in Iowa. Only five newspapers in the state earn first-place general excellence awards each year, which is best on classification. Class II is for newspapers with a circulation of 911-1,500 subscribers.
“We are proud of the efforts and commitment of our team members in all areas — writing, editing, photography, layout, design and advertising. It truly is a team effort every week to bring our readers quality publications,” said Jeff Wagner, president of Iowa Information Publishers and Printers, which publishes The Mail-Sun. “It was great to see so many individual staff members receive awards this year, but like any team, it’s the group effort that leads to success.”
In the editorial category, The Mail-Sun earned first place in best editorial pages, best feature pages, total newspaper design, best headline writing, best use of graphics, coverage of court and crime, and coverage of agriculture.
The Mail-Sun placed second in coverage of government and politics and third in best front page, coverage of education and coverage of business.
In the writing category, The Mail-Sun earned first place for best news feature story and best personality feature along with second in best news stories and master columnist and third for best continuing coverage.
The Mail-Sun also earned first place for best photographer for Ty Rushing, best blog by a newspaper and best use of social media along with first place and second place for best newspaper marketing.
In the advertising category, Krystal Poppema was named the best ad designer. The Mail-Sun took first and second in two categories in best ad featuring financial and best ad featuring agriculture and earned two more first-place advertising awards in the best ad featuring miscellaneous and best advertising idea for a community promotion or events.
“Our subscribers dictate the products we produce, but it is nice to be honored by our peers,” Wagner said.
Along with The Mail-Sun, two other Iowa Information papers earned first-place general excellence awards: the Hawarden Independent/Ireton Examiner in Weekly Class I and The N’West Iowa REVIEW in Weekly Class III.