T-R recognized with nine newspaper awards

The Times-Republican received a first place award for community leadership among nine other awards presented to the Marshalltown newspaper Friday at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s awards banquet.

The T-R was recognized for its work with the Not In Our Town Marshalltown Project, a community group founded in April 2012, which remains active in its bullying prevention efforts.

Assistant Sports Editor Troy Hyde won two sports photography awards, a second place award for “Fast start propels Royals” and a third place award for “County Clash.”

The Times-Republican also won a second place award for best news feature “Wrongly convicted,” about the 20th anniversary of the controversial Mary Weaver murder case and a second place award for best series “Shattered,” the story of a Marshalltown woman struggling with injuries she sustained when her home was burglarized. It also received a third place award for best front page.

Staff writer Mike Donahey and Assistant Copy Editor Pam Rodgers were both recognized with awards for their blogs. Donahey writes the weekly blog “The Devil’s Advocate” and Rodgers writes “Plain and Simple” on the T-R’s website www.timesrepublican.com.

The T-R also won a third place award for best ad featuring a financial, insurance, or other professional service.

The awards were announced at the association’s banquet during the INA 2014 Convention and Trade Show held Friday at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

The INA 2014 Better Newspaper Contests were judged by the Nebraska Press Association.