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Solon Economist, Leader garner awards at Iowa newspaper contest

DES MOINES– The Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader newspapers received numerous awards in the INA 2012 Better Newspaper Contests earlier this month. The contests were judged by the Nebraska Press Association as part of the INA 2012 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 2-3 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Nearly 3,800 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. The Des Moines Register was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association “2012 Newspaper of the Year.”
The Economist was judged in the Weekly Class 2 category, which is for newspapers published weekly with 1,301 to 2,160 circulation. The Economist was honored with the following awards:
• Coverage of Government and Politics: first place;
• Coverage of Education: third place;
• Coverage of Business: third place;
• Total Newspaper Design: second place;
• Best News Photo: second place;-Doug Lindner
• Best Ad Featuring Financial, Insurance, or Other Professional Service: third place;
• Best Ad series or campaign featuring any service or merchandise category: second place;
• Best Web Advertisement: first place;
The Leader was judged in the Weekly Class 1 category, which is for newspapers published weekly with 1,300 circulation and less. The Leader was honored with the following awards:
• General Excellence: second place;
• Best Front Page: third place;
• Best Feature Page: second place;
• Coverage of Government and Politics: first place;
• Coverage of Education: first place;
• Total Newspaper Design: first place;
• Best Headline Writing: first place;
• Best News Feature Story: Lori Lindner, second place;
• Best News Photo: Chris Umscheid, second place.
During Friday evening’s Awards Banquet, Doug Lindner, of the Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader, was named as a recipient of the 2012 Master Editor-Publisher award, given since 1933 to honorees who have worked hard, thought soundly, influenced unselfishly and lived honorably.