Paper takes home 12 awards this year

The West Linn Tidings was not only once again named one of the best newspapers in the state, but it was named the best newspaper for its circulation category in Oregon.

The Elmo Smith Award of General Excellence is the highest honor a newspaper can win from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The award recognizes a newspaper for its many attributes including news coverage, advertising, photography, design and thoroughness of local coverage.

“I’m very proud of the entire staff for earning this award,” Publisher J. Brian Monihan said. “The Tidings has been knocking on the door for several years now with numerous second-place awards in this category. It’s great for Lori Hall and her team to finally push through and be recognized for producing the best paper in the state.”

Overall, the West Linn Tidings was honored with 12 awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual contest. The winners were announced last week at the annual convention, which was held in Bend.

The Tidings won first place for best front page design and best website design and second place for best overall website.

Our annual special edition, Perspective, placed first for best special section.

Tidings Editor Hall won first place for best coverage of business and economic issues, third place for best educational coverage, second place for best general feature story and third place for best writing.

Reporter Barb Randall swept the best local column category, taking first, second and third.

Overall, the Pamplin Media Group garnered more than 100 awards for news writing, newspaper design, photography and advertising excellence. Included in this are six awards of General Excellence with the Tidings sister publication, the Lake Oswego Review, earning second-place honors.

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