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JT receives state award

Marengo Publishing Corporation’s Iowa County publications collected one award in the 2010 Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were announced at the association’s awards banquet during the INA 2010 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 4-5 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The submissions were judged by the Michigan Press Association.

More than 4,000 entries in dozens of categories were judged by class, based on circulation. Daily Class 1 is for newspapers published daily with 9,999 circulation and less, Daily Class 2 is for newspapers published daily with 10,000 circulation and more. Weekly Class 1 is for newspapers published weekly with 1,319 circulation and less. Weekly Class 2, 1,320 to 2,239 circulation; Weekly Class 3, 2,240 and above circulation.

Leading the way for the NEWSpapers of Iowa County was the Williamsburg Journal Tribune.

Journal Tribune Editor Andrea Furlong received second place in Best News Feature Story in the Weekly Class 3 division.

Furlong’s story, “Taking a bullet at 68,” detailed the heroic actions of former Williamsburg resident Stanley Romberg, who received national media attention after he stopped two armed robbers half his age from raiding a Florida convenience store and shooting the clerk.

According to judges, “It is not always easy to recoup a story that happened elsewhere and give it life. Lots of detail here presented in a narrative style. Good storytelling!”

The Des Moines Register, the parent newspaper company of MPC’s four publications, was named as INA 2010 Newspaper of the Year.

MPC publishes the Marengo Pioneer-Republican, Star Press Union, Poweshiek County Chronicle Republican and the Williamsburg Journal Tribune. Due to the reorganizations of MPC publications one year ago, three newspapers were judged in the largest weekly circulation class for the first time. The transfer of subscribers from three retired MPC publications to MPC’s four current publications moved the Star Press Union, Poweshiek County Chronicle Republican and Williamsburg Journal Tribune from the Weekly Class 2 division to Weekly 3 division. The Marengo Pioneer-Republican was in the Weekly Class 3 division prior to the reorganization.

In January of 2009, the Belle Plaine Union and South Benton Star Press reorganized into the Star Press Union, the Montezuma Republican, Brooklyn Chronicle and Grinnell Chronicle combined to form the Poweshiek County Chronicle and the Williamsburg Journal Tribune incorporated news formerly published in the North English Record.

UPDATED February 10, 2010 1:04 PM

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