News&Guide staffers win 16 Pacemakers
By Richard Anderson, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: January 19, 2013
Best special section, best information graphic and best institutional ad were among the passel of Pacemaker Awards the Jackson Hole News&Guide collected during the 2013 conference of the Wyoming Press Association, being held through Saturday in Cheyenne.
All told, the News&Guide won 16 Pacemaker Awards — given for individual samples of writing, advertising or graphic design — in the Large Weekly category of the association’s annual contest.
“From editorial to advertising, it’s pretty perfect,” judges from North Dakota newspapers wrote about the News&Guide’s first-place-winning 2012 Fall Arts Festival special section, edited by former entertainment editor Katy Niner, designed by Kathryn Holloway and written by the paper’s staff and a squadron of freelancers.
The paper also took second for its Jackson Hole Woman section, edited by features editor Johanna Love, designed by Holloway and written by the staff.
The paper took first and second for information graphic. The “Living with predators” graphic that Wilson artist Diane Benefiel made for the paper, with information gathered by Love, took first.
“The original artwork is attractive and fun,” judges wrote. “The lightheartedness of the illustrations is a nice way to engage the reader, when the content alone could be dry and boring.”
Holloway’s “Elk herds” graphic won second. “Straightforward,” judges said. “Easy to read.”
The News&Guide also took first for its institutional ad for Jackson Community Recycling by Lydia Wanner and Meredith Faulkner — “Good clip-and- save piece,” judges said — and first for its “Grocery Dough” house ad by Caryn Wooldridge. Its “E-edition” house ad, by Wanner, tied for honorable mention.
The paper collected seven second-place awards.
Cops and courts reporter Emma Breysse won in the general news story category for “Elkfest to see protest,” about out-of-town abortion protestors threatening to disrupt the Boy Scout elk antler auction last spring. Editor Angus M. Thuermer Jr. won for in-depth reporting with his piece on the Jackson Hole elk herd. And schools reporter Brielle Schaeffer won in government issue reporting for her package of stories about the Teton County School Board’s debate and eventual rejection of alcohol-sensing devices at school functions.
Sports editor Miller Resor took second in sports news story for “Paraglider soars 204.6 miles,” and Amy Hatch won for her contributions to the column Mountainside.
The paper also took second place in the small ad and merchandise ad categories, and won honorable mentions for use of graphic elements and front page design.