News-Bulletin wins seven NNA awards

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The Valencia County News-Bulletin, owned by Number Nine Media, garnered seven awards in the 2013 National Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest.

The News-Bulletin staff won second place in the Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition category for its 2012 Visitors Guide.

Of the 1,777 entries, 140 member newspapers in 41 states won 544 awards.

Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers and included retired university journalism professors and retired or former newspaper men and women.

Competing in the non-daily division, the News-Bulletin staff won second place in the Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition category for its 2012 Visitors Guide.

The judge said, “Great stories and photos. Well put together, very readable. Layout is great. This is more than a visitors guide, it is a complete piece for anyone visiting or even moving to this area.”

The newspaper also received a second-place award in the Best Sports Photo category for a photograph taken by former sports reporter Mike Stearns titled “Minor baseball: Tough weekend for county teams.”

The judge said, “Great moment.”

Former News-Bulletin reporter Ungelbah Daniel-Davila received two awards, including third place in the Best Breaking News Story category for an article titled “Isleta ordinance required background checks.”

The judges wrote, “Good discussion generated by interviews.”

She also garnered an honorable mention in the Best Serious Column category for a column titled “Let Johnny be Tonto, we wouldn’t want to.”

The judge said, “I was intrigued by the writer and her perspective on (the) issue from a Native American point of view.”

News-Bulletin reporter Julia M. Dendinger also received two awards, including third place in the Best Feature Story category for “One of the Best Kept Secrets” about the Men’s Recovery Academy in Los Lunas.

The judge wrote, “Very well written story about a very important issue. Thank you for tackling this with such candor — good job!”

News-Bulletin Editor Clara Garcia won an honorable mention award in the Best Feature Story category for a story titled “Two Heroes and Two Moms” about a Peralta couple who adopted a calf after two Albuquerque men saved it from a muddy pit.

The judge wrote, “This was such a tough category! I really loved this story, there were just so many good ones. I fell in love with Ferdinand! Nice job.”

The Mountain View Telegraph in Moriarty and El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro, also owned by Number Nine Media, also won awards.

The Chieftain won two awards, including an honorable mention in the Best Editorial category and honorable mention in the Best Environmental category.

Mountain View Telegraph Editor Rory McClannahan garnered an honorable mention in the Best Humorous category.