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NL Leader honored with awards at INA convention

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader again placed a close second as the best newspaper in its class over the weekend at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contests.
The Leader was awarded second place in the overall General Excellence category, only three points behind the Westside Observer. The Leader placed in 11 writing and photography contests, capturing first place nine times.
Individual awards went to Leader editor Lori Lindner (Best News Photo, Best Feature Photo or Photo Story, Best Personality Feature Story and Best Series) and staff writer and photographer Chris Umscheid (Best Feature Photo or Photo Story).
The awards were announced at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Awards Banquet during the INA 2014 Convention and Trade Show held February 6-7 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Nearly 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation.
The Leader competed in Weekly Class 1 is for newspapers published weekly with 1,125 circulation and less.
Judging was provided by the Nebraska Press Association.
The following awards were presented to the North Liberty Leader and its staff:
First place: Best Front Page, Best Feature Page, Coverage of Government and Politics, Coverage of Education, Coverage of Business, Best News Photo (Lori Lindner), Best Feature Photo or Photo Story (Chris Umscheid), Best Personality Feature Story (Lori Lindner), Best Series (Lori Lindner);
Second place: Best Headline Writing;
Third place: Best Feature Photo or Photo Story (Lori Lindner).