Register named top newspaper of 2016 by INA – DesMoinesRegister.com
The Iowa Newspaper Association on Friday named The Des Moines Register as itsÂ Newspaper of the YearÂ for the fourth year in a row.
The Newspaper of the Year award celebrates overall excellence in dozens of categories encompassing news coverage, technical presentation and advertising display. The award was announced at the awards banquet during the association’s 2017 Convention and Trade Show, held Feb. 1-3 in Des Moines.
The Register won within in its division of daily newspapers with circulation of 10,000 or more. Other Newspaper of the Year winners were the Carroll Daily Times Herald for daily with circulation of 9,999 and under, Sheldon N’West Iowa Review for weekly with circulation of 1,801 and above, Spirit Lake Dickinson Co. News for weekly with circulation between 1,141 and 1,800, and Lake City Graphic Advocate for weekly with circulation of 1,140 and under.
The Register won in multiple categories for its circulation group, including: first place for general excellence,Â first place for politics coverage, crime and courts coverage and agriculture coverage, and best editorialÂ pages,
Register reporter Joel Aschbrenner was named Outstanding Young Iowa JournalistÂ alongÂ withÂ Rebecca McKinsey of theÂ Carroll Daily Times HeraldÂ and Christina Sorenson of theÂ Spirit Lake Dickinson County News. The award is presented jointly by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the journalism schools at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University.
Register columnists Lee Rood andÂ Rekha Basu and reporter Jason Clayworth were given theÂ Harrison “Skip” Weber Investigative Reporting Award,Â recognizingÂ journalists who went above-and-beyond in covering an issue important to their communities. Other winners were Scott Levine of the Clinton Herald,Â Russ Mitchell of theÂ Spirit Lake Dickinson County NewsÂ and the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune staff.
The Bill Monroe INA Innovation Award was presented to The Des Moines Register for its “Three Tickets” podcast series. The Innovation Award recognizes INA member newspapers for developing new and cutting-edge products.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.