The Des Moines Register was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2014 “Newspaper of the Year.” The award was announced at the association’s Awards Banquet during the INA 2014 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 6-7 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Presentations were also made to winners of the INA 2014 Better Newspaper Contests, which were judged by the Nebraska Press Association. Nearly 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. Reserved for newspapers with a circulation of 1,125 or less, The Progress Review competed in Weekly Class 1, and was awarded first place in six different categories: Best Website, Best Video, Best Slideshow, Best Use of Graphics, Best Special Section and Best Sports Photo. The strong showing allowed La Porte City’s newspaper to finish in a third place tie with the Lime Springs Herald in the General Excellence category, the best showing in the newspaper’s history.

Contest Results for The Progress Review and other area weekly newspapers:

Best Sports Section, Weekly 1: Second Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Best Special Section – Editorial, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Total Newspaper Design, Weekly 1: Second Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Weekly 2: First Place- Vinton Newspapers; Best Use of Graphics, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Best Newspaper Website, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Third Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Best Video, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Michael Whittlesey; Best Slideshow, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Michael Whittlesey; Second Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Michael Whittlesey and Mary Bauer; Third Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Michael Whittlesey; Best News Story, Weekly 1: Second Place- Denver Forum, Peg Abbas
Best News Feature Story, Weekly 1: First Place- Jesup Citizen Herald, Deb Holt; Excellence In Editorial Writing, Weekly 1: Third Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Michael Whittlesey; Best Sports Photo, Weekly 1: First Place- La Porte City Progress-Review, Mary Bauer; Best Ad Featuring Grocery/Food/Entertainment, Weekly 1: First Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Third Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Best Ad Featuring Financial, Insurance, or Other Professional Service, Weekly 1: First Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Second Place- Denver Forum; Best Ad Featuring Furniture, Furnishings, Appliances or Hardware, Weekly 2: First Place- Vinton Newspapers; Best Ad Featuring Automotive, Boats, Aircraft, Tires, Gasoline, Etc., Weekly 1: Second Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Best Ad featuring Miscellaneous, Weekly 1: Second Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Third Place- La Porte City Progress-Review; Best Special Section Advertising, Weekly 2: Second Place- Vinton Newspapers; Best ad idea for a community promotion or event, Weekly 1: Third Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Best Agricultural Advertising, Weekly 1: Second Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Third Place- Jesup Citizen Herald; Best Ad Designer, Weekly 1: First Place- Jesup Citizen Herald, Robin Harms.