Nevada Journal/Tri-County Times reporter Whitney Sager was honored as one of three Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award winners at this year’s Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual banquet, held Friday, Feb. 7, at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Sager, who joined the newspaper staff in Nevada in the summer of 2012, is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, with a minor in agronomy. She worked for the Eagle Grove Eagle newspaper before coming to Nevada.
In nominating Sager for the award, Marlys Barker, editor of the newspapers, commented: "There are writers, and there are newspaper professionals. Whitney is definitely a newspaper professional, who is seeking to get every ounce of experience that she can while working in our small office. She is turning her employment with the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times into an opportunity to showcase the many employable talents she has in the overall communications industry."
Barker continued, "Sager has demonstrated her employable talents so well, in fact, that she will soon leave the Nevada Journal/Tri-County Times to step up in her newspaper career with our bigger sister publication – The Ames Tribune. We are currently searching for her replacement and wish Whitney the best with her promotion."
The Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award is given annually by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the journalism schools at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University. The award is open to nominees who are 30 years of age or younger and have worked at an Iowa newspaper for at least two years. They can hold any number of positions within the newspaper, including reporter, photographer, graphic designer or advertising professional. Three winners are named each year - one must be from a daily newspaper and one must be from a weekly newspaper.
"This award recognizes young professionals who possess great potential to contribute to the field of journalism in their future. We congratulate Whitney on her accomplishment and look forward to her continued success," Barker said.
Presentations were also made to winners of the INA 2014 Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the Nebraska Press Association. Nearly 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. The Tri-County Times received two awards in the Weekly Class 2 (1,126 to 2,100 circulation) category:Second place - total newspaper designThird place - coverage of business