LINCOLN — Several current and former Cedar County News employees picked up awards during the annual Nebraska Press Association Convention here last weekend.
Online copy editor Crystal Wells, who updates the hartington.net and northeastnebraskasports.com websites each week was named Friday as Nebraska’s Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year.
Wells also serves as the editor of the Wausa Gazette newspaper. Both papers are owned and operated by the Hartington-based Northeast Nebraska News Company.
Wells has worked for the local newspapers since September 2010.
Skylar Osovski, a former Cedar County News intern, was named The Young Nebraska Daily Newspaper Journalst of the Year. She now works for the Norfolk Daily News.
On Saturday, former Cedar County News interns Andrew Dickinson and Anna Reed took the top two prizes in the Omaha World Herald Collegiate Photo contest. This marks the second straight year Dickinson has won the contest.
The Cedar County News also walked away from the event with three awards. The News was once again honored for its excellent editorial page. Hartington’s hometown newspaper also earned a second-place plaque for its promotion of public notices. News photographer Jeremy Buss earned a third-place award for a sports feature photo he took.
Three other Northeast Nebraska News Company newspapers also earned honors at the annual newspaper convention held at Lincoln’s Downtown Holiday Inn.
The Coleridge Blade picked up three plaques at the annual convention. Publisher Rob Dump was honored for a sports feature photo of a team celebrating a post-season victory. Former Blade Office Manager Alisha Stone picked up a plaque for circulation promotion, while the Blade also won an award for its annual Football Contest.
The Laurel Advocate picked up a second-place plaque for a column written by Cedar County News reporter and Laurel Advocate Editor Luke Virgil.
Cedar County News intern Anna Reed earned a third-place award for the Randolph Times for photos she took last July during Randolph’s Q125 celebration.
Konz, Year elected to lead statewide group
LINCOLN — Hartington native, Mike Konz, was elected President of the Nebraska Press Association during the group’s annual meeting here last weekend.
Cedar County News Publisher, Peggy Year, was also elected as a member of the Board of Directors during the meeting.
Konz, a 1974 Cedar Catholic High School graduate, is the Managing Editor of the Kearney Hub. He is the son of the Gert and the late Jack Konz, Hartington.
Konz has been working as a journalist for 33 years. After completing school at Wayne State College, Konz became the Editor of the Pender Times in 1979. In 1981, he became City Editor of the Sidney Telegraph. In 1986, he was named Managing Editor of the Sterling (Colo.) Journal-Advocate. He moved back to Nebraska to become Managing Editor of the Kearney Hub in 1990.
The Nebraska Press Association is the state’s oldest trade association. The organization was founded in 1859.
Over the years, several people with Hartington ties have guided the organization and its sister corporation, the Nebraska Press Advertising Service.
Cedar County News Publisher J.P. O’Furey led the NPA in 1922. His successor, Fred Zimmer, was the group’s President in 1950. Zimmer also served as NPAS President in 1956. Current News Co-Publisher Rob Dump served as the NPAS President in 2006.