The North Bend Eagle


Eagle wins state newspaper championship

Published 7/1/20

NORTH BEND – The North Bend Eagle was named the top newspaper in its circulation classification Thursday during an online presentation of awards from the Nebraska Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The Eagle won 25 individual awards in the various categories for entries published in 2019. With points awarded for first, second and third-place finishes, the North Bend paper took first place in the sweepstakes among Class B newspapers. The Ord Quiz placed second with the Bloomfield Knox County News Monitor third.

This is the first time the Eagle has taken the top award since 1989 under the direction of publishers Lois and Fred Lambley.

The Eagle also won an award for community service and tied for second place in the digital news contest.

Among those 25 awards were 11 first-place finishes. The Eagle also placed multiple times in a single category several times, including placing first and third in news writing, first and third in photo pages, first and third in breaking news writing, first and second in feature photo and second and third in sports action photos.

The Eagle’s awards are listed below. All entries are by editor Nathan Arneal unless noted otherwise.

First place: agricultural advertisement by Mary Le Arneal, sports page, photo page, feature photo, news photo, front page, sports column, breaking news writing, news writing, building circulation.

Second place: small advertisement, classified section, sports action photo, sports feature photo, feature photo, sports game coverage, general excellence.

Third place: community promotion advertisement, sports action photo, photo page, news writing, breaking news writing, reader interaction by Mary Le Arneal, Andrea Wimer and Stephanie Iwan Flamme for the Vacation Eagle edition.

The Eagle also tied for second in the Digital Journalism contest, which features fewer categories.

There, the Eagle won first place in online coverage of breaking news for its reporting during the March flood. It also placed second in best use of social media.

Community Service Award

In a separate contest, the Eagle won the Omaha World-Herald Community Service award, which goes to a Nebraska newspaper that exhibits initiative, editorial leadership and extra effort.

Of the Eagle’s winning entry, the judge wrote:

“The Eagle’s extensive and in-depth reporting of the flood and its complications was reflective of the paper’s commitment to the community and its citizens. The paper was diligent in presenting well written and articulate articles that were reflective of the impact the floods had on the community, the state and all Nebraskans.

“The Eagle also offered a call to action beyond their community by going beyond traditional print media to include online reporting, using e-mail and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.”

The awards are typically presented at the NPA’s annual convention in April. COVID-19 canceled that date, and when a July rescheduling was also canceled, the NPA released a video announcing the awards online last week.


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