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Outlook, Post, News awarded first place in newspaper contest -

COURTESY PHOTO - The Outlook, Post, News have individually won the first-place award before, but never at the same time.For the first time in recent history, the Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News have swept the field during the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper contest.

Each newspaper was awarded first place in the ONPA’s general excellence category.

“I’m incredibly proud of our hardworking staff, including the newsroom, advertising and graphics departments,” Executive Editor Steve Brown said. “It was a team effort all around.”

Due to differences in circulation numbers, the newspapers were not in direct competition during the contest. All three newspapers are published out of the same office in downtown Gresham.

The ONPA examined three issues from each newspaper when awarding the general excellence prize. For The Outlook, those issues were “NBA Great,” “H2NOOOOOOO!” and “The Business of Freedom.”

For the Sandy Post, the featured issues were “Llama livens up learning,” “H2NOOOOOO!” and “Night of History.”

For the Estacada News, they were “Destination Kenya,” H2NOOOOOOO!” and “Fun with Fungus.”

The Outlook, Post and News are published by the Pamplin Media Group, which is owned by local philanthropist Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.