Argus Leader Wins South Dakota Newspaper Association Awards 2021

Representatives of the Argus Leader team, from left, Morgan Matzen, Alfonzo Galvan, Erin Woodiel, Annie Todd and Cory Myers at the South Dakota Newspaper Association banquet in Mitchell on Friday.

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The Argus Leader won 29 awards at the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual “Better Newspapers” contest. The winners were announced Friday at the group’s convention in Mitchell.

Among the highlights were wins in Public Service reporting, Freedom of Information project, Best Use of Social Media and Digital Advertising. The Argus competed against all daily newspapers in South Dakota and was judged by journalists from the Washington (State) Newspaper Publishers Association.

We also placed first in the daily Sweepstakes award, based on total points accumulated from individual awards earned. It’s the equivalent of a team winning an overall track meet: After medals in each individual discipline are awarded, the team (or in this case, news operation) with the most points wins.

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