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Itemizer-Observer Staff Honored With Awards

I-O gets seven first-place nods for news, features, web

DALLAS — The Itemizer-Observer news staff was honored with 12 awards in the Better Newspaper Contest at the annual Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association banquet on Thursday.

Of the 12, seven were first-place nods.

Reporter Jolene Guzman won first place for Best Feature Writing: Personality (“A blessed life”) and for Best News Photo (“A welcome home”). She also won second place for Best Editorial writing and third place for Best Writing.

Editor Emily Mentzer won first place for Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues (“The buzz about bees”) and in the Best Enterprise category (“No place to call home”). She took third place for Best Editorial writing and third for Best Lifestyle Coverage (“A love lost, but never forgotten”).

Former publisher Nancy Adams won first place for Best Web Design.

Production and graphics designer Karyn Pressel won first place for Best Graphics (“All roads lead to Polk County”).

As a staff, the Itemizer won first place for Best Special Section (“Explore Polk County 2015”) and third place for Best Photo Essay (“Country Living”).

The ONPA hosts the Better Newspaper Contest each year. Newspapers are broken down into categories based on circulation numbers.

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