T-R wins three state newspaper awards

Veteran series, Jordan-Heintz and Donahey recognized

Sara Jordan-Heintz was one of three journalists statewide to win the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Jouranlist award at the 2018 Iowa Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and awards ceremony.

Sara Jordan-Heintz was one of three journalists statewide to win the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Jouranlist award at the 2018 Iowa Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and awards ceremony.

DES MOINES — The Times-Republican newspaper earned three awards Friday night at the 2018 Iowa Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and awards ceremony in Des Moines.

Staff writer Sara Jordan-Heintz was one of three journalists statewide to win the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Jouranlist award.

Jordan-Heintz’ submissions, including several feature articles, her work on both the Past Times and Marshall Times special sections, as well as her ongoing series on collectors and other news stories, were recognized.

Jordan-Heintz, a 2012 graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and history, joined the T-R in 2015.

“It is very humbling to receive such a high honor by my fellow newspaper men and women. I am grateful to all my supportive readers, who in my three-year tenure at the T-R, have become more like friends than just members of the general public,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jordan-Heintz, fellow reporters Mike Donahey and Adam Sodders, T-R correspondent Chuck Friend, former T-R summer intern Mike Burvee and T-R Editor Jeff Hutton, collectively won a second-place award in the community service category with the “In Service to Our Country” veteran series.

The series, which recently concluded after nearly 18 months of weekly articles, featured profile stories on Marshall County veterans.

“The series was a labor of love for the newsroom staff at the T-R,” said Hutton. “We are so grateful for the men and women who shared their stories. We’re also thankful for the commitment by Marshalltown American Legion Post Commander Randy Kessler, whose assistance was paramount in the success of the series.”

Finally, longtime T-R staff writer Mike Donahey earned third-place honors for his breaking news coverage of the fire that destroyed the Villager Apartments in May of 2017.

In their critique, the judges noted that Donahey “recognized the history of the building, its importance to low-income people and the previous fire. This story gives excellent background not usually afforded to fires.”

Contest entries were judged by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, with submissions that covered items that were published between Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.