Farm and Dairy staffers earn writing honors


SALEM, Ohio – Farm and Dairy reporters Kristy Hebert and Andrea Myers received top ranking in two divisions of the National Newspaper Association’s 2005 Better Newspaper Contest.
They will be recognized, along with other national winners, during the association’s annual convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Hebert placed first in the best feature story division with “Danny’s Smile,” her touching account of a farm teen battling a brain tumor (an update appears on page A2). Hebert, who also won the feature category last year, also earned a third place for “A horse story,” a story of a young woman who ignored personal danger to rescue her horse fallen through the ice in a farm pond.
Hebert also placed first in the best agricultural story division with “Down she comes,” which detailed the drama of a falling silo.
Myers placed second in the best agricultural story category with “In an instant,” the gruesome story of a farm girl scalped while baling hay.
“We work hard to provide quality content for our subscribers,” said Editor Susan Crowell, “and the response we get from readers is just as meaningful as the contest awards.”
“But week in and week out, Kristy and Andrea pen some of the most well-written articles this newspaper has ever published. We’re proud of their work and the honors they’ve received.”
There were more than 3,000 entries from 42 states in this year’s contest.
State honors. The duo also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ohio chapter.
Hebert placed first in the best trade report category for “A match made in Mexico,” which chronicled the up and down side of foreign farm worker programs. And “A horse story” placed second in the best general story category.
Myers placed second in the best trade report category for “Coming to grips with Johne’s