Beacon Named Best Large Weekly Newspaper in Montana

Newspaper earns 18 awards, including General Excellence

For the third year in a row, the Flathead Beacon took home the top honor among large weekly and small daily newspapers at the Montana Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were handed out Saturday night at the association’s annual banquet in Big Sky.

In total, the Beacon took home 18 awards and six first-place plaques, including General Excellence in Division 4, which “recognizes the very best newspaper” in each respective division.

Tristan Scott won awards for “The Legend of Le Grizz,” which chronicled the quirky history of a local 50-mile ultramarathon, and “Cruel and Unusual?” which looked at the death penalty in Montana. Justin Franz won the Mark Henckel Outdoors Award for his piece, “Warriors of Winter,” on soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division. Dillon Tabish won first place for headline writing and Steve Larson for front page design.

Other general excellence award winners included The Big Timber Pioneer (Division 1), Lone Peak Lookout (Division 2), Whitefish Pilot (Division 3), and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Division 5).

Next year the conference is in Whitefish.


General Excellence

Best Sports Story – Tristan Scott, “The Legend of Le Grizz”

The Mark Henckel Outdoors Award – Justin Franz, “Warriors of Winter”

Best Enterprise Journalism – Tristan Scott, “Cruel and Unusual?”

Best Headline Writing – Dillon Tabish

Best Front Page Design – Steve Larson


Best Website

Best Niche Publication – Flathead Living

Best Feature Story – Tristan Scott, “In the Shadow of Tragedy”

The Mark Henckel Outdoors Award – Dillon Tabish, “In the Wild, Ready Fight”

Best Enterprise Journalism – Dillon Tabish, “Liquor License Lockdown”

Best Combination Print and Online Ad – Dane Williams and Kelly Siblerud


Best News Story – Justin Franz, “Amtrak’s Broken Builder”

Best Feature Story – Justin Franz, “The Forgotten Flood”

Best Lifestyle Coverage – Dillon Tabish, “A Family Legacy Born from the Ground Up”

Best Column Writing – Kellyn Brown

Best Sports Photo – Greg Lindstrom

Best Lifestyle Photo – Greg Lindstrom

  • Rhett the Butler

    You should get an award as the best newspaper in Flathead County. Hagadone Papers’ overpriced fishwrap papers can’t hold a candle to the Beacon and its staff. Congrats.

  • West Valley

    Good for you guys!!! And you can do this while keeping the Online and paper copies FREE!! Thanks for your service to the community Beacon!!!!

  • reggiewhitefish

    None of this is a surprise to us regular readers. Keep up the great work and thank you for news not slanted to the right, as every other paper in the valley does.

  • Cheryl Hodges

    I am a conservative and the reporting in the Flathead Beacon is very high quality. After the “Falling Through the Cracks” article by Molly I am a regular reader. Excellent article.

  • Fast

    I have noticed over the past few year’s that there are a lot less of the bright orange box’s
    ( for the Daily Inter-lie’s news paper ) out in front of the home’s in the flathead.?