Ames Tribune wins 23 awards in Iowa Newspaper Association's annual contest
The Ames Tribune and staff took home 23 awards Thursday night at the Iowa Newspaper Association awards banquet, including a second-place finish in general excellence.
The annual banquet returned to in-person after holding the event virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald was awarded the 2022 "Newspaper of the Year," the top award for newspapers across all circulation categories.
The Tribune competes against other dailies with circulation under 10,000.
Tribune photographer Nirmalendu Majumdar took home five first-place finishes and swept the best news photo category, taking the first-, second- and third-place awards. Among his first-place finishes was the best photographer category.
The Tribune staff won first place for continuing coverage of the Iowa State Crew Club accident that killed two students, led by education reporter Phillip Sitter and former Ames Tribune public safety reporter Isabella Rosario. The staff also placed second in COVID-19 coverage for "great local coverage with lots of useful information for readers."
Rosario won the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalist Award for "well-written, well-sourced and thought-provoking" stories. Rosario also placed second in court and crime coverage.
Sports reporter Joseph Randleman received a first-place award in the best sports feature category for a story on a Gilbert student and football player who died by suicide and the foundation that formed in his memory. Randleman also took third in the same category for a story on an Ames High School wrestler's aspirations for a state title.
Sitter was awarded first place in coverage of education, the judges citing "solid sourcing and coverage" that gives "real people a voice."
Business and arts reporter Ronna Faaborg placed second in the coverage of business category and received a second-place award for best personality feature, recognizing a story about the reunion of a Story County woman and her father after 40 years.
Government reporter Danielle Gehr received the first-place award for best breaking news story for coverage of the Slater Fourth of July Parade accident that killed one and injured three.
Gehr also placed third for breaking news coverage of the death of a 21-year-old Iowa State student, third for best news story — written about how broadband impacts agriculture — and second for best news feature, a story on the closure of Story City Market. Gehr placed second for coverage of government and politics.