The North Bend Eagle has been honored with many awards over the years.
The Eagle had one of its better showings in the Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest in 2015, winning 15 awards including third place in the overall sweepstakes. The Eagle also returned to the top of the news writing with its fourth first place finish in five years. The Eagle also took second place in that category. Nathan Arneal also won a third state championship in sports column writing
First place: News writing (Adventure of a lifetime), Sports column writing, Sports feature photo (Football preview)
Second place: News writing (NDoR plan for Highway 30 gets mixed reviews), Sports feature photo (Walla state track), Lifestyles (People pages by Mary Le Arneal), Online video (District track, high jump record), Use of computer graphics produced in house, Classified ads page, News photography, Special edition in multiple sections, Photo page (EHC track champs), Specialty pages ("The Record Breakers," girls track season review)
Third place: Sports writing (Lux soars to record heights, by Lincoln Arneal), Class B sweepstakes
The string of first place awards for the Eagle in the NPA's news writing contest was snapped in 2014, but the Eagle did take second place in the category. Awards won in the annual Better Newspaper Contest include:
First place: Sports writing (Fred Lambley track retirement (pdf))
Second place: News writing (Former Bender survives Moore horror), Use of computer graphics produced in house (Gallery of East Husker track champs), Feature writing, Headline writing, Special section in multiple editions (fall sports preview)
Third place: Use of computer graphics produced in house (see Lambley story)
The 2013 NPA contest marked the third straight year the Eagle won first place in both news writing and sports page. The Eagle also won both first and second place in computer graphics produced in house. A run down of all the Eagles awards follows:
First place: News writing (Tragedy on the river), Sports page, computer graphics produced in house (state track coverage in a Facebook style)
Second place: Computer graphics produced in house (map of expanded EHC), In-depth writing (examining history and process of EHC expansion), Special multiple editions (coverage of Morse Bluff Q125)
Third place: Sports feature photo (picture of Trevor Jenner and Andrew Minarick in Eagle's football preview)
The Eagle placed third overall in its circulation classification at the Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle picked up 12 individual awards, including:
First place: Sports page, Feature series (Music of the Bend series), News writing (It's just a building now), Advertising campaign (Presbyterian church ads), Community promotion advertising (Small business Saturday), Use of computer graphics produced in house (winter sports preview), Special section in multiple editions (fall sports preview)
Second place: Web site (northbendeagle.com), Building circulation promotion (This is the Eagle)
Third place: Sports column writing, Small ad
Most of the Eagle's entries for the 2010 NPA contest went up in smoke during the Dec. 2009 fire, but it still managed a few places:
First place: Newspaper promotion (This is the Eagle), Photo page (Dec. 28 downtown fire)
Second place: Sports writing (The best of NBC's best), Feature photo
At the April 2009 Nebraska Press Association awards banquet in Kearney, the Eagle picked up 12 awards in the NPA's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle took first place in five different categories, a total higher than previous years. Eagle editor Nathan Arneal also took home first and second places in the sports writing category.
First place: Sports writing (Silver Surprise), News writing (Democracy Inaction), Newspaper promotion (This is the Eagle campaign), Single retail advertising idea, Spot news photography
Second place: Sports writing (Renter jumps for gold), Sports action photo, Classified section, Signature page
Third place: Spot news writing (May flood), Sports column writing, Sports feature photo
Eagle publisher Nathan Arneal, left, accepts the NSEA's Education Advocate award.
At its annual convention on April 26, 2008, the Nebraska State Education Association named the North Bend Eagle the winner of its Education Advocate Award for its outstanding coverage of the local school system.
At the 2008 Nebraska Press Association awards banquet in April, the Eagle garnered a total of 15 awards in the NPA's Better Newspaper Contest, including first place in four categories. Included in its awards, the Eagle won two of the top three spots in the advertising campaign category, the second consecutive year it has done so. Overall, the Eagle place third in its classification, Class B, and won third place in the general excellence category. Awards won include:
First place: Sports page; Column writing; Newspaper promotion; Use of computer graphics
Second place: Sports action photo; Sports feature photo; Spot news writing; Feature series; Sports writing; Advertising campaign; Agricultural advertisement
Third place: General excellence; Photo page; Sports column writing; Advertising campaign
The Eagle picked up 18 individual awards at the 2007 Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle was second overall among Class A weekly newspapers, the smallest circulation classification. Among the big winners was the Eagle's June 21 issue commemorating North Bend's 150th birthday, which picked up five awards itself. Awards won include:
First place: Sports column writing; Advertising campaign; Spot news writing; Community promotional advertisement
Second place: Reader interaction; In-depth writing; Single feature story; Sports writing; Advertising campaign; Use of in-house computer graphics;
Third place: General excellence; Reader contest; News photography; Feature photography; Column writing; Special edition; Use of in-house computer graphics
In 1989, under the direction of publisher Lois Lambley, the Eagle won the Cramer Award as the state's best weekly newspaper in the Nebraska Press Association's annual contest.