The Morgan County News joined with newspapers throughout the state at the Utah Press Association’s winter convention to claim three prizes in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. The Morgan County News took home second place honors in the Best General News Story category for writer Kristy McClellan’s story Hatch presents medals to WWII vet. The story chronicles Morgan resident Lewis Frongner receiving eight past-due medals for bravery and service during World War II. The newspaper earned second place honors in the Best News Series for News Editor Deanne Winterton’s five-part news series exploring the pros and cons of the four-day school week. Managing Editor Jennifer Vesper wrote ReAL soccer honors Sommers as a ÷Hero Among Us,’ which earned third place in the Best Sports Story category. The story highlights Jackson Sommers, a local youth soccer player with cerebellar atrophy. The Morgan County News is part of the 13 newspapers in Group 1 with circulations of 2,500 or less throughout the state including The Eagle (College of Eastern Utah), Emery County Progress, Gunnison Valley Gazette, Leader (Box Elder County), Payson Chronicle, Pyramid (Sanpete County), Salina Sun, San Juan Record, Sanpete Messenger, Southern Utah News, Summit County News and Times-News (Nephi). Press association members attended workshops on hyper-local media coverage, digital and social media, newspaper preservation, merging the newsroom/marketing/advertising and evolving media. They collaborated with each other during the Bright Ideas Contest. This year’s convention was held Feb. 28 to March 1 in St. George.
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