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Superior Telegram among newspaper award winners in Madison

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest at the Madison Marriott West during the group's 159th annual convention Friday in Madison.

The 2012 Better Newspaper Contest included 3,003 total entries, including editorial entries from 126 newspapers, and advertising entries from 64 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

The Superior Telegram received six awards including three first place awards for outdoor column writing, freelancer Darrell Pendergrass; local education reporting, staff writer Maria Lockwood; and business reporting, editor Shelley Nelson.

Nelson also took third place in local government reporting. Photographer, Jed Carlson garnered second place in local column writing and Sports Editor Ken Olson took third place in sports page design.

Top winners included Ripon Commonwealth Press, Weekly Newspaper of the Year, and the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Daily Newspaper of the Year.

Circulation Division winners were: Best Daily Division A, Green Bay Press-Gazette; Best Daily Division B, The Janesville Gazette; Best Daily Division C, Portage Daily Register; Best Weekly Division D, Lake Country Reporter, Hartland; Best Weekly Division E, Ripon Commonwealth Press; Best Weekly Division F, Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls.

The 2012 Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest winners were also presented with awards on Friday. The contest included 13 categories and drew 118 entries from nine campus newspapers.

First-place General Excellence winners included The Badger Herald, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Group A winner (published twice per week or more); and The Advance-Titan, UW-Oshkosh - Group B winner (published once per week or less).

The William E. Branen Scholarships honoring excellence in high school journalism were presented to three Wisconsin student newspapers for 2011-2012. School newspapers receiving the $1,000 Branen Scholarship were: The Bridge, Webster High School (Group A - Fewer than 500 students); The Highlander, Homestead High School, Mequon, WI (Group B - In-Class Activity, more than 500 students);Cardinal News, Wauwatosa East High School (Group B - Extra Curricular Activity - more than 500).

Branen, former publisher of the Burlington Standard Press and a past president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, died in 1988

WNA's membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsin's newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.