FARMINGTON – The Farmington Daily Times won a third place General Excellence award and four other individual and staff awards in the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2021 Better Newspaper Contest.
The Farmington Daily Times competed mostly in the Daily Division of the foundation’s Editorial Contest.
Editor John R. Moses said the national contest was new ground for paper, which has only competed in state and western regional contests during his four-year tenure.
“It’s nice to see how we stack up against papers from other states, and this is one of the contests that gives print page designers a chance to shine.” Moses said. “They work hard and are in the background, yet we owe them so much.”
The Farmington Daily Times has previously won general excellence awards in three of the past four New Mexico Press Association Better Newspaper contests.
The Farmington Daily Times “serves its readers well with expert design and a top-notch local news team,” a contest judge wrote. “If you are in the know in Farmington, it’s because you are a lucky reader of the Daily Times. Great job.”
The paper also won three awards for front page design:
• Second place for a cover that depicted the Diné Pride Cruise celebration event in June of 2020 in Window Rock, Arizona;
• Third place for a cover featuring pot farm-related arrests and community updates by authorities in Shiprock in November of 2020;
• Honorable Mention for a cover in September 2020 featuring an article about…