Idaho Mountain Express Editor Greg Foley, right, and reporter Mark Dee hold plaques delivered last week by the National Newspaper Association, for three first-place awards in the association’s 2019 Better Newspapers Contest, judging work done in 2018. The NNA announced in June that the Express won the first-place award in the top tier of the Best Local News Coverage category, which includes daily and non-daily community newspapers with a circulation of more than 6,000. Dee won two first-place awards for stories published in 2018, in the categories of Best Business Story among non-dailies with a circulation of 6,000 or more and Best Feature Story among non-dailies with a circulation of more than 10,000. In the Best Local News Coverage category, the NNA’s judges reviewed two entire editions of the competing newspapers and compared them to others from across the nation. Established in 1885, the NNA represents owners, publishers and editors of more than 2,300 community newspapers in the United States.

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