The North Bend Eagle

Awards

The North Bend Eagle has been honored with many awards over the years.

2020

2020 was a big year for the Eagle, which was recognized for its coverage in 2019.

NPA State Champions: The Eagle won first place in Class B Sweepstakes of the Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest after winning 25 individual awards. The awards banquet was canceled because of COVID-19, so awards were announced in an online video. Top three category placements include:
First place: News writing, Breaking news writing, Sports page, Photo page, News photo, Feature photo, Front page, Sports column, Agriclutural advertisment, Building circulation
Second place: General excellence, Sports game coverage, Feature photo, Sports feature photo, Sports action photo, Small advertisement, Classified section
Third place: News writing, Sports action photo, Photo page, Breaking news writing, Reader interactoin/contest, Community promotion advertisement

The Eagle also tied for second in the NPA digital journalism contest, after placing first place in online coverage of breaking news and second in best use of social media

Community Service Award: The Eagle was the recipient of the 2020 Omaha World-Herald Community Service Award. Wrote the judge:

"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 social media such as Twitter and Facebook.”

2019

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Eagle publisher Nathan Arneal accepts the 2019 ServeNebraska award from Lt. Governor Mike Foley.

Held just weeks after the Flood of 2019, the 2019 NPA convention saw the Eagle place in 11 categories.
First place: Advertising campaign, Classified section, Reader interaction/contest, Best new idea in ads/marketing
Second place: Photo page, News photography, Personal column, Sports Column
Third place: Sports page, Feature series, Best new news idea

ServeNebraska Award: The Eagle was the 2019 honoree for the ServeNebraska Step Forward Award in the Disaster - Media category for its work during the Flood of 2019, as selected by governor Pete Ricketts. The award reads: "The North Bend Eagle has demonstrated leadership, innovation and hard work in serfice to others in the State of Nebraska."

2018

The North Bend Eagle brought home 13 awards and placed third overall in the Class B sweepstakes at the 2018 NPA convention.
First place: News photography, Feature photography, Sports feature photography, Sports page, Sports column writing
Second place: Photo page, Single retail advertising idea, Front page
Third place: Breaking news photography, Photo page, Youth coverage, Use of computer graphics

2017

At the 2017 NPA convention, the North Bend Eagle garnered 16 awards and placed third overall in the Class B sweepstakes. The Eagle staff took first place in six categories, including first place in news writing for the fifth time in seven years and sports page or sports writing for the for the sixth time in seven years. The Eagle took first and second place in sports action photo and feature story writing. Awards won include:
First place: News writing (Fire victims asked to help pick up the tab), creative ad writing, single feature story (New life for the family tractor), sports page, sports action photo (Tigers in the mist), news photography (graduation selfie)
Second place: Sports action photo, personal column (Nathan Arneal), small ad, reader interaction/contest, single feature story (Marxsen conquers state course by course), lifestyle page (people pages by Mary Le Arneal, Molly Nicola)
Third place: Advertising campaign, sports column writing (Nathan Arneal), news photography and signature page (good luck at state track)

2016

The Eagle won 10 awards at the 2016 NPA convention for its work in 2015.
First place: Sports column writing, Sports writing (Dirkschneider throws herself to top of the state), Feature photography (Jumping Beavers), Special section in multiple publication dates (Fall sports preview)
Second place: Sports page, Photo page (Class of 2015 graduates); Lifestyles (People pages by Mary Le Arneal, Molly Nicola)
Third place: Use of computer graphics produced in house (Old Settlers parade shortened), Photo page (Images of Old Settlers), Online video (Tiger pole vaulters enjoy historic day)

2015

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

2014

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)

2013

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)

2012

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

2011

The North Bend Eagle placed third overall in the Class B sweepstakes at the 2011 Nebraska Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The Eagle placed in the top three of individual categories 13 times, including:
First place: News writing (Freeholder petitions force Prague's hand), Sports page, Use of computer graphics, Headline writing
Second place: Photo page (A Day in the Life of North Bend), Sports feature photo, Sports column writing, Sports writing (Going, Vosler reach wrestling's pinnacle), Web site, Single feature story (Closet find sparkes memories, about Vietman vet Ralph Limbach)
Third place: Reader interaction

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

1989

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.