Beacon Wins Top Advertising Award, Honored for Public Service Journalism

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead Beacon won 19 awards, including the top honor for advertising excellence, 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.

This was the first year the Beacon and the two other largest weeklies in the state, the Missoula Independent and the Valley Journal, competed in Division 4, which includes the largest daily newspapers in Montana.

Along with advertising excellence, Myers Reece won the Public Service Journalism Award for his coverage of investigations into Lake County law enforcement. Lido Vizzutti won a first-place award for best feature photo.

In the overall General Excellence category, the Beacon placed third, behind the Billings Gazette and the Missoulian. The Gazette also received the Sam Gilluly Sweepstakes Award as the best large newspaper in Montana.

The Silver State Post, Livingston Enterprise and the Ravalli Republic won sweepstakes awards for smaller circulation categories.

The following is a roundup of categories in which the Beacon placed:


General Advertising Excellence: Flathead Beacon

Public Service Journalism: Myers Reece

Best Feature Photo: Lido Vizzutti


Best Serious Column: Kellyn Brown

Best Lifestyle Reporting: Molly Priddy

Best Feature Photo: Lido Vizzutti

Best Color Ad: Steve Larson

Best Small Space Ad: Dwayne Harris

Best Web Project: Flathead Beacon

Best Single Web Ad: Flathead Beacon

Best Blog: Dillon Tabish


General Excellence: Flathead Beacon

Best Editorial Pages: Flathead Beacon

Best Education Reporting: Dillon Tabish

Best Environmental Reporting: Dillon Tabish

Best Lifestyle Reporting: Myers Reece

Mark Henckel Outdoors Reporting Award: Molly Priddy


Best Agriculture Reporting: Molly Priddy

Best Website: Flathead Beacon

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