Photographer Jeff Storjohann’s photo last year from the annual Relay for Life fundraiser (top) and reporter Jared Strong’s photo series of a Lake City teen’s struggle to walk again (bottom) notched <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->first-place prizes in a national contest this month.
Photographer Jeff Storjohann’s photo last year from the annual Relay for Life fundraiser (top) and reporter Jared Strong’s photo series of a Lake City teen’s struggle to walk again (bottom) notched

first-place prizes in a national contest this month.
July 31, 2014



Daily Times Herald photographs and stories won six awards this month from the National Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The winning work was among more than 1,800 entries from nearly 200 newspapers in at least 40 states.

Photos by Jeff Storjohann and Jared Strong took first place in the Best Feature Photo and Best Photo Essay categories, respectively.

Storjohann's winning entry depicted a boy holding a luminaria during last year's Relay for Life in Carroll.

"Nice image with beautiful lighting and strong composition," a contest judge wrote about Storjohann's photo.

Strong's winning entry was a collection of photos of Kenzie Gorden, a Lake City teen who was paralyzed in a crash two years ago.

"Good photos that show the inner beauty and strength of one young girl's battle to get back her life," a judge wrote. "Photographer spent an inordinate amount of time and energy worthy of first place."

Strong also won second place for Best Feature Series for his stories about Gorden's struggle to walk again.

"We have worked tirelessly to cultivate a talented staff of journalists at the Carroll Daily Times Herald and our other newspapers," said Ann Wilson, publisher and co-owner of Herald Publishing Co. "This national recognition is the result of great commitment from the individuals who earned the awards as well as the rest of the newspaper's team that provides a first-rate platform for their work."

The Times Herald was also awarded second place for Best Investigative or In-Depth Story for Strong's look at the troubled life of Kirk Levin, an Early man who brutally murdered his mother shortly after he was released from an eastern Iowa prison last year. Strong's story about Levin's arrest received an honorable mention in the Best Breaking News Story category.

Strong also won third place for Best Sports Feature Story or Series for his profile of Hannah Streeter, a Glidden-Ralston High School student and swimmer who was paralyzed in a crash last year.

The Times Herald fared slightly better in the national competition compared with last year, when it won four awards for its stories.