Two staff members from The Opinion-Tribune newspaper have been recognized with journalism awards from the Omaha Press Club and Landmark Community Newspapers for work published during the 2010 calendar year.
Editor Joe Foreman and associate editor Joel Stevens were named winners of four awards earlier this month in the Omaha Press Club’s annual “Excellence In Journalism Competition.” They received three first-place awards and one second place award from the OPC.
Foreman and Stevens were named co-recipients of the OPC’s first-place award for Best Special Section. Their winning entry, “That Championship Season,” was an eight-page tribute to Glenwood’s 2010 state championship baseball team.
Foreman was the first-place recipient in the “Best Feature Story” category for “Unconditional Love,” a story about a couple’s decision to carry their pregnancy to full-term after learning their daughter would be born with Anencephaly, a fatal neural birth defect.
In the column writing category, Stevens landed first place for his entry, “Shhhh . . . Socialism in the Library.” Foreman was awarded second place in the same category for “Council Bluffs Salutes Edward Scissorhands.”
Judging in the Omaha Press Club competition was conducted by representatives of the Atlanta Press Club.
Foreman and Stevens also claimed three awards in the Landmark Community Newspapers competition. “That Championship Season” earned a second-place award for Best Special Section.
In the Excellence In Column Writing category, each writer submitted three entries. Stevens received a third place in this category. In addition to the library piece, one of his columns focused on the ousting of three judges from the state supreme court during the November general election and his third entry was critical of Congressman Steve King.
Foreman received a third-place award for Best Feature Writing. In addition to “Unconditional Love,” his three-story entry included a human interest feature on two longtime church organists and a feature on Glenwood Transit, a family-owned business that served the community for 71 years before going out of business last June.
Landmark Community News-papers is the parent company of The Opinion-Tribune and owns more than 50 newspapers and specialty publications across the country.