INA Awards

A composite of entries that contributed to the Ottumwa Courier's first-place finish for best editorial page and third-place finish for best front page in the 2021 Iowa Newspaper Association contest.

DES MOINES — The front page and editorial page of the Ottumwa Courier received statewide recognition on Thursday.

This year’s Iowa Newspaper Association awards were announced in a virtual ceremony, with the Ottumwa Courier claiming first place in its class for its editorial page.

Over the last year, the Courier redesigned its editorial page, earning kudos from contest judges.

The second- and third-place finishers in the category were the Spencer Daily Reporter and Fort Dodge Messenger, respectively.

The Courier placed third for best front page among its circulation group. Judges credited the design work for creating a “nice hometown feel.”

Sister newspaper Clinton Herald won the category and the Iowa City Daily Iowan placed second.

The Iowa City Daily Iowan was named newspaper of the year for the second-straight year. The award goes to the newspaper that performs the best in the INA’s yearly newspaper contest across all categories, from news to advertising.

The yearly contest collected approximately 3,000 entries in dozens of categories. The Courier was judged in Daily Class I, which is for newspapers with under 9,999 in circulation.

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