Each year, newspapers across the country submit their best work to the National Newspaper Association’s Best Newspaper Competition. This week, the winners were announced for the 2022 contest: Pike County Mail won 13 awards.
Nine wins were for Pike County Mail articles and reports, and four recognized the newspaper’s advertising and design.
Senior reporter Becca Tucker’s business coverage, including “Help Was Really Wanted” and “COVID Business Brings Medicine Home,” won first place for Best Business Story and Best Business Story, respectively.
His work after the legalization of marijuana and his impact on our community has also earned him national recognition. “Do we want a bud shop in our town?” an article examining the views of local municipalities on recreational marijuana, received first place for best reporting on local government. Tucker’s article on how to talk to kids about marijuana, titled “Mom, What’s Jedi Kush?” took third place for Best Education Story.
Tucker’s “Orange County Oathkeepers Had Roots in the Sheriff’s Office” also won first place for Best Late-Breaking Story and Best Localized National Story.
Pike County Mail “Losing My Marbles in a Pandemic” by writer Beth Quinn won first place for best comedy column.
Pike County Mail COVID-19 vaccine coverage took second place for the Communication in Crisis series, including “Reporter Molly Colgan’s Tristate area looks like the ‘Wild West’ trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine” , the newspaper’s guide to finding a vaccine in times of shortage, and Colgan’s piece examining Sussex County’s rollout of faulty vaccines.
Tucker’s “Backyard Poultry Boom Enters Post-Honeymoon Phase,” a story about locals who started raising chickens during the pandemic, took second place for best farming story.
Advertisements and graphic designs by Pike County Mail Christina Scotti also won top prizes in the national competition. His ad for Mohawk House took third place for best restaurant ad, and his infographic depicting the rising cost of living earned an honorable mention for best infographic. The newspaper’s New Jersey State Fair guide also earned an honorable mention for best sales promotion section.