The Jackson Hole News&Guide recently took home the highest accolade awarded by the National Newspaper Association: best weekly newspaper in the nation for its circulation class.

The paper was named winner of 17 honors at the a recent awards breakfast of the National Newspaper Association’s 33rd annual Convention and Trade Show at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

“This is a tribute to our highly engaged community, the support of our advertisers and all the hard-working folks in the News&Guide,” Publisher Kevin Olson said, “along with the rest of our crew who contribute to the success of Teton Media Works and enable the News&Guide to win these national awards.”

Olson credited the “incredibly talented crew” of the News&Guide, its editor Johanna Love, and the staffs of the Jackson Hole Daily, Orijin, Teton Media Works’ suite of magazines, customer service, creative services, advertising, accounting, circulation and commercial printing.

In addition to first place for General Excellence, the News&Guide won first place for: Best Sports Photo for “Kings and Queens of Corbet’s Couloir”; Best Breaking News Story (story series) for Roosevelt Fire coverage; Best Environmental Story for “No clear answer for elk problem”; and Best Localized National Story for “Survivors Speak.”

The News&Guide also took first for Social Media Journalism for its Roosevelt Fire coverage, as well as seven second-place awards, two third-place awards and two honorable mentions.

“Covering and reflecting a community as vibrant as Jackson Hole is rewarding, every day and week of the year,” Editor Johanna Love said. “Being compared with the best newspapers in America and coming out on top is always an honor, and it helps us recruit some of the most talented journalists in the country.

“At this point in history, with social media amplifying misinformation and national politicians fomenting hate speech toward legitimate news organizations, we need more quality journalism, not less.”

Wyoming newspapers brought home the second most honors of all states: 61. NNA awarded a total of 485 awards to 97 member newspapers in 36 states.

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