SCN garners eight state reporting, design awards

Thursday, June 13, 2019
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The Stillwater County News won eight awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest for content produced in 2018. The awards were announced last Saturday night at the Montana Newspaper Association’s annual convention in Big Sky. The mission of MNA is to advance and sustain the news publishing industry in Montana. The association has 85 professional member newspapers and was established in 1885. The awards are as follows:


Best Investigative Journalism, Marlo Pronovost

“Candidate Records Release”  -Coverage of the News’s request for the personnel files of two law enforcement officers running for Stillwater County Sheriff, and the content of the personnel file that was turned over by only one candidate.

Best Editorial Writing, Marlo Pronovost

“Personnel files and the sheriff race”  -An editorial explaining what a personnel file is and why the News was seeking the personnel files from the two candidates running for Stillwater County Sheriff.


Best Educational Reporting, Mikaela Koski

“Diminishing Dollars”  -An article explaining how budget cuts made by the state Legislative cuts would impact each school district in Stillwater County.

Best Sports Layout and Design, Mikaela Koski  “Park City beats Absarokee in 5”

Best Breaking News Story, Marlo Pronovost

“Mangled Mess”   -Coverage of the September train derailment in Columbus that involved 40 railcars containing 4,720 tons of coal — 40 to 60 tons of which spilled into the Yellowstone River.

Best News Story, Marlo Pronovost

“Without a Trace”  -The story of the mysterious disappearance of an Illinois man in Bozeman for a job interview, the discovery of his vehicle in Reed Point and the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies and Search and Rescue crews to find him.

Mark Henckel Outdoor Writing, Marlo Pronovost

“There is no future without fire”  -An article covering a presentation by a Washington landscape ecologist (facilitated by Columbus Fire Rescue) about mega-fires, the cause and what lies ahead.


Best Feature Story, Marlo Pronovost

“One Glove, One Love”  -An article about an Illinois mother’s dedication to raising money for Stillwater Search and Rescue, who recovered her 26-year-old son’s body from the Mystic Lake area following a fatal fall.