FARMINGTON – The Farmington Daily Times has won seven personal and individual awards in the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2022 Better Newspaper competition.

The Daily Times ranked third in overall excellence in the daily division for the second consecutive year. The first place winner was the Wyoming Tribune Eagle of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and second place went to the Sioux City Journal of Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m proud of our staff and our layout team,” editor John Moses said of the wins. “We were competing against much larger publications, and I’m delighted that our efforts were recognized.”

Journalist Mike Easterling won first place for Best Non-Profile Reporting for his feature article, “Fossil Discovery Helps Unlock Ancient Mystery.”

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“The reporter showed tremendous ability to tell the story and paint vivid images in the minds of readers,” wrote a judge for the contest. “From historical notes to modern facts, nothing was left to chance – literally. Incredible work.”

The Daily Times won first place in the Daily division for a homepage design by page designer Sydney Clark. “Strong photo. Clean design,” wrote one judge.

The Daily Times also won third place for best newspaper website in the daily and non-daily division. First place went to The Taos News and second place went to the Idaho Mountain Express from Ketchum, Idaho.

“Clean sections allow readers to access information,” one judge wrote of the Daily Times website. “Clear and nice signs that stories are for subscribers. Good news coverage. Somewhat underrated nameplate.”

Journalist Easterling and former staffer Hannah Grover won second place for best investigative or in-depth story or series for a three-part series titled “Rebuilding San Juan,” which revisited a May 2020 project that examined aspects of San Juan County’s pandemic-damaged economy.

The Daily Times wins 11 prizes in the NMPA Better Newspaper competition

Moses won second and third place in the Best Editorial – Daily Division for two reviews of state policy in the management of New Mexico’s Department of Children, Youth and Families. First place and honorable mention in this category went to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

“Solid editorial with lots of good analysis and detail to give readers a clear picture of why this action is so bad,” a contest judge said of CYFD’s op-ed titled “AG Must Review Practice of CYFD consisting in destroying the discussions and recordings”.

Organizers said there were 1,333 entries for the Better Newspaper writing contest and 228 entries for the Better Newspaper Advertising contest. 586 awards were won by 92 newspapers in 40 states.

The Wyoming Press Association took home the “Best of NNA” award for submitting 81 winning entries, “beating Iowa with 51 wins and New Mexico with 48 wins,” the NNAF press release said.

The competition was judged by editors and publishers of community newspapers, as well as retired college journalism professors and retired or former press professionals, the statement said.

The National Newspaper Association calls itself “the voice of America’s community newspapers” and is one of the largest newspaper associations in the country.

The NNA Foundation (NNAF) is the educational arm of the group with a mission to “promote news literacy, protect the First Amendment, and enhance the quality, role, and capabilities of community newspapers and community journalists.” , says the press release.