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The Grant County News recently captured several awards for news writing, design and photography from its parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers LLC annual awards contest.
Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, received a first place award for Excellence in News Writing.
The judge’s comments included, “Baker-Nantz is the winner in this category based on her ledes, compelling quotes and the emotion conveyed in her breaking news stories. No reader of the Grant County News will forget the image of two little girls lying in a single casket holding hands.”
Baker-Nantz also captured a second place award for Best Front Page Design.
“The designer is good about using pullouts to create multiple points of entry for the reader,” the judge’s wrote of her entries.
Baker-Nantz also won a third place award for new photography. The judge’s said “solid news photos” concerning her entries.
She also received a third place award for best photo page layout.
“The impactful photos of the March storm and following cleanup are very powerful and the choice of hierarchy strengthens the storytelling. The Relay 4 Life page is a nice example of a visual documentation of a community and was an excellent choice for submission.”
Bryan Marshall, staff writer at the Grant County News also won a second place award for Best News or Feature Story Series.
“Marshall’s series examines the costs of emergency services in Grant County and whether the money and number of firefighters are enough to give residents the coverage they need. The information helps readers better understand the county fiscal court’s discussions and decisions about how best to provide adequate funding for the services,” the judge’s said.