As USU EasternвЂ™s Eagle newspaper was officially inducted into the Utah Press Association this past year, its presence was felt immediately when the newspaper earned three first-place awards, three second-place awards and three third-place awards Saturday at the press association’s annual convention in St. George.
Eagle Sports Editor David Osborn Jr. won first place for Best Sports Column for his вЂњNext on the TeeвЂќ series. Second place went to the Emery ProgressвЂ™ Gary Arrington for his вЂњSports StuffвЂќ columns.
The Eagle won the Best Website Design created by Les Bowen, former Eagle editor. The Emery Progress won second.
The final first place award brought mixed emotions to the staff. But, heck, a first place plaque is worth its weight in gold, right. The Eagle staff won Screw Up of the Year for the photo of a USU Eastern student in the black T-shirt with the words вЂњI have a Ph.D.вЂќ printed on the front as he ate in the cafeteria.
The EagleвЂ™s Homecoming photo page brought the staff a second place finish in the Best Photo Page category with Mt. PleasantвЂ™s The Pyramid earning third and Sanpete Messenger earning first.
In the Best News Photograph division, The Eagle won second place for Scott FrederickвЂ™s team photo of the menвЂ™s basketball team winning the SWAC championship with the heading вЂњ45-year drought ends.вЂќ Funeral photos of a fallen coach and a veteran won first for TremontonвЂ™s The Leader and third for the Sanpete Messenger.
A second place award for Best Feature Series was won by The Eagle staff for its вЂњвЂ™SweeneyвЂ™ scheduled to please audiencesвЂќ series. First place was won by The Leader for its series on “The Great Salt Lake” and third was won by Southern Utah News for “PotterвЂ™s Pond evolves into Jackson Reservoir.”
Eagle photographer, Jessa Love Adams, won third place for Best Sports Photograph for a volleyball photo. The Leader took second and third place for a football and basketball photo. The USU Eastern
Eagle staff won third place for Best Sports Page for their SWAC conference pages. The Manti Pyramid won first and Sanpete Messenger won second place in this category.
The Eagle staff placed third overall for Best News Series on the вЂњStench in the SAC.вЂќ The Sanpete Messenger placed second with a series on вЂњTop Stop defendants ask for dismissal from lawsuitвЂќ and first place was won by Southern Utah NewsвЂ™ series on вЂњDeputy Harris shot and killed: four-day manhunt ends early Monday morning.вЂќ
вЂњThe best part about winning any award in the UPA contest is that USU Eastern students compete against professionals in the journalism field. Kudos to The Eagle staff,вЂќ adviser Susan Polster, Ph.D., said. The newspaper was judged on issues from spring 2010 with Erin Page serving as editor; and fall 2010 with Kelli Burke-Gabossi and Mae Goss serving as editors.
The Eagle was judged in group one of the four newspaper categories that include all weeklies. The dailies are judged in the fifth category. Group one includes newspapers up to 2,500 in circulation. The college newspapers that are part of UPA include Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah State University and Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah.
The Utah Press Association was created in 1893 to represent UtahвЂ™s publishers. The organization is Utah’s oldest trade association. ItвЂ™s website reads, “as an organization, we represent UtahвЂ™s finest, most respected journalism. Utah Press Association annually recognizes excellence in our stateвЂ™s newspapers and presents awards to industry leaders.”