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Forum staff reports, Published May 12 2012

Forum takes home 81 awards

The Forum took home 81 awards, including 26 first-place honors, at this year’s North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Special honors and awards:

- Photographer Dave Wallis won Photo of the Year for his photo of the Blue Angels performing during the Fargo AirSho.

- The Forum’s Newspaper in Education program and its coordinator, Kerri Kava, won NIE Newspaper of the Year.

- The Forum won the Sweepstakes award, which recognizes the paper with the most news and advertising awards.

- The Forum won the NorthSCAN Top Seller in the Daily Division, second place for general excellence, and the First Amendment Award, which is given to a paper for its efforts to keep the public informed through the pursuit of open records and open meetings matters.

First-place winners:

- Feature Reporting – Tammy Swift, “The Secret Lives of Strippers.”

- Feature Reporting Series – Tracy Frank, “The Great Mom Debate.”

- Government Reporting – Teri Finneman, “ND Child Support System.”

- Spot News – Amy Dalrymple and Wendy Reuer, “NDSU researcher thought murdered.”

- Business News Reporting – Kristen Daum, “On the verge.”

- Sports Page/Section – Forum Staff.

- Sports Reporting – Eric Peterson, “Puck Bucks.”

- Sports Column – Jeff Kolpack, “Izzy gets his due recognition.”

- Personal Column/serious – Matt Von Pinnon, “Family of Dylan Cox.”

- Personal Column/humorous – Tammy Swift, “Flood fight has its own language.”

- Informational Graphics – Troy Becker, “Curling Comes Home.”

- News Photo – Dave Wallis, “Coaches Dismissed.”

- Feature Photo – Carrie Snyder, “Mia pets farm animal.”

- Sports Photo – David Samson, “Saville celebrates goal.”

- Pictorial Photo – Dave Wallis, “Blue Angels.”

- Home/Gardening Ad – Brenda Lawrence and Dawnette Rea, “Good things Growing.”

- Small Space Ad – Adam Zavalney, “Eyecare Associates PC.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Advertising – Rebekah Ness, “A world of information.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Readership – Paula Pandey Chhetri, “Area’s most inspiring.”

- Promotion of the Community – Jamie Odum, “Forum-Fargo Star.”

- Signature Page – Paula Pandey Chhetri, “A Night to Remember.”

Second-place winners:

- Reporting – Amy Dalrymple, “Do you know who is driving your kids to school?”

- Feature Reporting – Mary Jo Hotzler, “Beautiful woman.”

- Feature Reporting Series – Kristen Daum, “Cultures in Conflict.”

- Government Reporting Series – Kristen Daum, “Diversion Discussion.”

- Business News Reporting – Teri Finneman, “New to North Dakota.”

- Sports Reporting Series – Forum Staff, “Roger Maris.

- Sports Column — Eric Peterson, “Thinking Pink.”

- Sports Feature – Ryan Clark, “Shoes Unfilled.”

- Editorial – Jack Zaleski, “UND logo.”

- Section/Feature Fronts Design Excellence – Jason Miller, “Life – 1/30/11.”

- Overall Design Excellence – Forum staff.

- News Photo – David Samson, “Memorial Lantern.”

- Sports Photo – Dave Wallis, “Beck gets helmet knocked off.”

- Picture Story — Carrie Snyder, “Tiny Tumblers.”

- Pictorial photo – Dave Wallis, “Curling Championships.”

- Portrait Photo – Dave Wallis, “Frank & Origami.”

- Outdoor Recreational Photo – Dave Wallis, “A little help.”

- Special Advertising Section – Forum Staff, “Davies High School.”

- Signature Page – Sara Slaby, “Midnight Done Right.”

Third-place winners:

- Reporting – Helmut Schmidt, “Uneven cost of Education.”

- Reporting Series – Marino Eccher, “Vistas and Visions: Microsoft in Fargo.”

- Feature Reporting – Sherri Richards, “Facebook to face-to-face.”

- Spot News – Heidi Shaffer, “Witness: Fireworks accident horrific.”

- Sports Reporting Series – Jeff Kolpack, “Sports on TV.”

- Sports Column – Heath Hotzler, “Fans should go easy on prep officiating.”

- Editorial Page – Forum Staff.

- Personal Column/serious – Meredith Holt, “Comments, stares fuel insecurities.”

- Best Web Site – Forum staff.

- Agricultural Photo – Dave Wallis, “Corn Flows.”

- Outdoor Recreational Photo – Carrie Snyder, “Keaton works on Swing.”

- Vehicle Ad – Sara Slaby, “2011 Ford Ranger – Luther Family Ford.”

- Apparel Ad – Forum Staff, “Red Shoe – Street Fair.”

- Outdoors/Sports Ad – Sarah Hoseck, “Big Boys Toys Expo.”

- Financial Ad — Forum Staff, “Cornerstone Bank.”

- Use of Color – Paula Pandey Chhetri and Dave Overland, “Burn Rubber.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Advertising – Rebekah Ness, “Red Hot Jobs.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Readership – Rebekah Ness, “Forum advertising works.”

- Signature Page – Paula Pandey Chhetri, “Freaky Festivities.”

Honorable mentions:

- Feature Reporting – Tracy Frank, “No boundaries.”

- Feature Reporting Series – Amy Dalrymple, “Honor Flight series.”

- Government Reporting – Heidi Shaffer, “Ready for the Red?”

- Spot News – Ryan Clark, “Perham basketball player collapses.”

- Sports Feature – Heath Hotzler, “Helmet starts to feel right.”

- Personal Column/Humorous – John Lamb, “Keep it in your pants.”

- Special News Section – Forum Staff, “Fargo Marathon.”

- News Photo — Michael Vosburg – “Kirkpatrick in Court.”

- Sports Photo — Carrie Snyder, “Legion Baseball.”

- Pictorial Photo — David Samson, “Robin Tracks.”

- Portrait Photo – Michael Vosburg, “Louis Nordick.”

- Agricultural Photo – Dave Wallis, “Colorful Corn.”

- Health Care Ad – Sarah Hoseck, “Get your ‘Peepers’ checked.”

- Use of Color – Paula Pandey Chhetri and Dave Overland, “Family Camping Weekend.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Advertising – Paula Pandey Chhetri, “Freaky Festivities.”

- Promotion of the Newspaper/Readership – Adam Zavalney, “What has more eyes?”