The South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) held their annual newspaper awards for 2020 in Brookings on April 29. The Kingsbury Journal was honored with two first place awards, three second place awards and two third place awards. The newspaper was started, organized and run by volunteers and is now nearly a year old.
The SDNA represents the state’s 118 daily and weekly newspapers. They host their yearly Better Newspapers Contest to place a spotlight on the state’s leading newspapers, journalists and advertising. Awards are selected from the previous calendar year and announced in the spring.
The Kingsbury Journal won first-place for a weekly publication in the Public Service category. The award was given to the entire staff for their formation of a community-supported volunteer news organization.
Billi Aughenbaugh earned a first-place award for Best Use of Social Media by a weekly newspaper for communicating with the public when the Kingsbury Journal was formed.
Tim Aughenbaugh and Lynn Rognsvoog were awarded second place in the Best Single Ad Idea category for their "Get Your Haircut In 20 Minutes - On Your Schedule" ad for Bernie's Barber Shop.
Tim Aughenbaugh also won second place in the category of Best Use of Color. The color ad was “It Pays to be Ready,” for Hasche Crop Insurance.
Billi Aughenbaugh and Rognsvoog earned second-place in the Best Typography and Design category.
Contributing Writer, Mary Lee, took third place for her photo of Galen Wallum titled “Artist Returns to Canvas After Bite.”
In the Best Feature Story – Profile category was Kingsbury Journal’s Shelley Nelson who placed third. The article was titled “Service Leads to Antarctic Adventure of a Lifetime.”