The Buffalo Bulletin earned multiple awards at the annual Wyoming Press Association convention held last weekend, including a public service award for the paper’s role in reporting on the concerns surrounding the Wyoming Legislature’s choice to locate a Veterans Administration care facility in Buffalo.
Production manager Stacy Bronson earned multiple design awards, including first and second place for information graphic design, first and second place for ad design, and honorable mentions for use of color in an ad. Judges said Bronson's designs popped and the graphics and information fit well together.
Reporter Stephen Dow earned first place for government issue-reporting for a series of reports he wrote on the Veterans Administration long-term care facility.
Executive Editor Jen Sieve-Hicks took home first place for agriculture reporting and second place in sports reporting for a story on how local sports teams are adapting to an increased awareness of concussions.
Bulletin reporter Mara Abbott won second place in the outdoors and environmental reporting category and honorable mention in business and energy reporting.
The Bulletin staff were also honored with honorable mention for best special section for the 2019 summer visitors magazine, Vista. Special sections are judged on editorial material, the use of pertinent photographs and originality of both the idea and the presentation. Judges noted that the design and ads were attractive and the articles informative.
"I'm very proud of the Bulletin staff," said Robb Hicks, publisher. "It is an honor and pleasure to tell the stories of the people, places and events that shape life in Johnson County. These awards are the icing on the cake."
Newspapers from across South Dakota judged the awards.
During the Press Association’s annual membership meeting, Sieve-Hicks was elected secretary-treasurer of the association’s board of directors.