As of Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Hood River News advertising and news staffs gained 14 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention in Salem last week.
Judging of advertising and news entries from 2013 is done each spring by out-of-state news and advertising professionals for ONPA’s Better Newspaper Contest and Best Ad Idea Contest.
“These awards reflect the hard work and group effort by our advertising, production and news departments, as well as Columbia Gorge Press,” said general manager Chelsea Marr.
Hood River News brought home advertising awards including first place for Best Overall Advertising, among non-dailies.
In news categories, Adam Lapierre won first place for Best Page One design and Ben Mitchell took third in best Lifestyle reporting for his Kaleidoscope article and photos on the 2013 Columbia Gorge Relay for Life. Lapierre also earned a third place for his July 9 article, “A Humbling Experience,” on the river rescue of Seattle windsurfer Tom Dawson by Justin Wiley of Hood River.
Hood River News swept the Best Ad Idea category of Best Special Section Cover, with first-through-third going to Gorge Giving 2013-2014, Panorama 2013, and Health and Wellness 2014 (January Winter Waistlines).
Hood River News took first and second for the Best Institutional section category: first for the Panorama special section, published each April, and second for the Gorge Giving 2013-14 Guide, a new publication that provided comprehensive detail about non-profit organizations throughout the region.
First places in advertising also included Best Institutional Image Ad (Columbia State Bank), and Best Black and White Ad (Doug’s Sports). The ad staff also took third in Best Multi-Color Merchandising ad, for Don Nunamaker Realtors.