Jared Strong
Jared Strong
February 10, 2014

The Carroll Daily Times Herald collected 32 awards on its way to a second-place finish in "Newspaper of the Year" running Friday in the Iowa Newspaper Association's 2014 Better Newspaper Contests.

The honors, awarded during the 300-member Iowa Newspaper Association convention at the downtown Des Moines Marriott, recognize excellence in reporting and writing, advertising and design and circulation and marketing. The Des Moines Register earned top honors. The Nebraska Press Association judged the contests.

The Daily Times Herald received the Best in Class award for small- and medium-size dailies in Iowa, a category including The Ames Tribune.

Jared Strong, who posted the biggest individual night of any journalist at the convention, earned eight awards for The Daily Times Herald - five in writing, two in photography and one in video.

"The Carroll area is fortunate to have a journalist with Strong's extraordinary talents working here," said Daily Times Herald Publisher Ann Wilson. "He has the ability to work for most any newspaper in the United States. We're delighted he loves rural Iowa."

Production Manager Beckham Miller earned the first-place Best Ad Designer award for a year-long body of work. It is the fifth time in eight years he has received the award.

"Consistently excellent work," the judges wrote of Miller. "All elements come together to make an impact."

In 2013, the Daily Times Herald earned "Newspaper of the Year."

Since 1999, only The Des Moines Register, Sheldon N'West Iowa Review and Daily Times Herald have received the top honor. The award is based on total points accumulated in individual and staff contests.

"The collective efforts of a committed staff make these awards possible," Wilson said. "We also fully understand the role the vibrant communities in our coverage area play in our newspaper's showing Friday. We are a reflection of the readers we serve. It's a privilege to cover your successes and challenges."

The following is a breakdown of the awards:


Best Newspaper Marketing - first-place, Allison Sporrer and Marcia Jensen, for Thanksgiving promotion with Hy-Vee as a partner, and second-place, Allison Sporrer, for promotion of the DTH's new e-Edition products; Best Financial Advertising - first-place, Thomas Burns, Iowa Savings Bank; Best Advertising Featuring Automotive - third-place, Thomas Burns, Motor Inn; Best Special Section Advertising - second-place, DTH staff, Carroll Volunteer Fire Department salute; Best Advertising Featuring Agriculture - third-place, Jessica Rohe, Carroll County State Bank; Best of Class Advertising - third-place, Jessica Rohe, Carroll County State Bank.


Staff Awards

Best Editorial Page - second-place; Best Front Page - second-place; Best Sports Section - second-place; Best Feature Page - first-place; Coverage of Education - first-place; Coverage of Agriculture - second-place; Total Newspaper Design - first-place; Best Use of Graphics - first-place; Best Headline Writing - second-place.

Individual Awards

Best Slideshow - first-place, Jared Raney, "Sprocket's Famous Hot Dogs" in Lake City, and second-place, Jared Strong, "Wade's Silent War" about Wade Lengeling's return to a normal life after beating cancer; Best Video - Jared Strong, first-place, "Kenzie's Crash" about a Lake City teen's cutting-edge therapy at a Colorado hospital, and second-place, Jared Raney, "Surfing the Midwest" about a former Carroll resident's trend-setting Iowa Great Lakes business; Best Breaking News Story - first-place, Jared Strong, "Half a Family Gone" about a fire in Lake City, and third-place, Jared Strong, "We Truly Believe We Saved Her Life" about the arrest of Kirk Levin after the murder of his mother and kidnapping of another woman; Best Personality Feature - first-place, Jared Strong, "Learning to Be Four" about Wade Lengeling's return to Carroll; and third-place, Douglas Burns and Jared Strong, "Nice, Carroll High alum lands ESPN gig" on Scott Siepker; Best Series - first-place, Jared Strong, "Kenzie's Crash" - the newspaper's year-long coverage of a paralyzed Lake City teen's will to walk; and Master Columnist - second-place, Douglas Burns.


Best News Photo - second-place, Jeff Storjohann, "Brandon Bohac looks inside a luminary"; Best Breaking News Photo - first-place, Jared Strong, "Ron Lary glared at Benton Wingrove" as he told him to take his own life during a Crawford County trial, and third-place,Jeff Storjohann, "Snow and ice cover the face"; Best Feature Photo/Photo Story - second-place, Jeff Storjohann, "Veterans and their guests walk through a line of students"