Hastings Tribune photojournalist Laura Beahm took runner-up honors in the Outstanding Young Nebraska Journalist Award daily category at the Nebraska Press Association's annual convention in Lincoln.
Beahm, who also writes a column for the Tribune, received three additional awards at the weekend event, including first place for a state tournament basketball photo page, second place for a sports feature photo, and third place with photojournalist Amy Roh for their photo coverage of last year's Adams County FairFest.
In Beahm's nomination form for the outstanding young journalist award, her managing editor wrote: "I wish I had 100 Laura Beahms. While Laura is confident in her craft, she is more than willing to take suggestions and work as a team to get the best photo possible."
In an excerpt from the judges' comments, one judge wrote: "Laura is a photographer, videographer and social media storyteller who also writes dandy columns."
Other Tribune editorial staff members who received awards at the conference were: Nick Blasnitz, first, sports column; Mike Zimmerman, second, daily sports writing; and Will Vraspir, Lis Arneson and Amy Palser, third, in-depth writing.
Kathy Avis, the Tribune's assistant director of marketing, won two awards. Avis placed second in the small ad category and third for color classified ad. In addition, former marketing consultant Courtney Nollette placed first for a single classified ad, black and white, and the marketing staff received first place for one of its signature pages.
The newspaper also garnered a second place for its youth coverage, second for building circulation and second for public notice and its promotion.
Area weekly newspapers that received awards were Sutton Clay County News, 21 overall awards; Blue Hill Leader, eight; and Doniphan Herald, 16.
More than 4,000 separate entries representing 12 dailies and 79 weeklies were judged by members of the Michigan Press Association. The banquet was attended by more than 150 journalists.
Also at the convention, Mike Edgecombe, publisher of the Hebron Journal-Register, was elected vice president of the Nebraska Press Advertising Service, and Tory Duncan, editor of the Sutton Clay County News, was elected to serve on the NPAS board.