Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan regional editor Randy Dockendorf has won 15 awards, including two first-place honors, in the National Newspaper Association’s (NNA) "Better Newspapers Contest." He has worked at the P&D since 1993.
He will be honored during the 133rd annual NNA convention and trade show Oct. 3-5 in Milwaukee.
Dockendorf’s awards include the following, against all daily newspapers unless otherwise noted:
• Best Sports Story (Daily and Non-Daily, less than 9,000 circulation); 1st Place, "At Last!"; coverage of the Yankton Bucks’ tournament and welcome home reception after winning the school’s first boys basketball state championship in 40 years.
• Best Business Feature Story: 1st Place, "Port Yankton’s New Play" on follow-up attempts to make the proposed convention and entertainment complex a reality and the hurdles its supporters faced for winning approval of the casino and gaming.
• Best Business Feature Story: Honorable Mention: "On The Stick" about the Meridian Corner restaurant’s selection of its chislic for the "Flavored Nation" food expo in Columbus, Ohio, and restaurant manager Abby Streyle’s featured appearance at the expo.
• Best Breaking News Story: 2nd Place, "Bon Homme County Deals With ‘Flood’’" on the hate messages from home and abroad that flooded the Bon Homme County sheriff’s department after Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Sheriff Mark Maggs one minute after the polls closed in their Republican primary election battle, won by Maggs.
• Best Breaking News Story: 3rd Place, "Czech By Choice," the visit to Tabor by the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the United States and the consul general from Chicago, part of maintaining the relationship between the two nations.
• Best Breaking News Story: Honorable Mention, "Walk Raises Funds To Battle Suicide," coverage of the Meridian Bridge walk that raised both money and awareness about the need for suicide prevention.
• Best Business Story: 2nd, "Prison Job Fair Offers Hope For Applicants," a report on a job fair bringing prospective employers to Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, and the inmates’ reaction on how it can help change their lives after their release.
• Best Business Story: 3rd, "Stopping The Presses?’ on the impact of Canadian newsprint tariffs which threatened South Dakota newspapers’ existence.
• Best Business Story: Honorable Mention: "Yankton Plant Sees Major Impact From Tariff," on the effect of Chinese steel tariffs on the local Kolberg-Pioneer plant and other manufacturing plants;
• Best Feature Story: 2nd place, "Social Media Changes Law Enforcement," on how crime victims are posting details about their alleged incidents on social media before — or instead of — contacting law enforcement and its impact on criminal cases.
• Best Feature Story: 3rd Place, "Tributes To A Guiding Force," for coverage of the reception honoring Sister Ann Kessler’s 90th birthday and former Mount Marty College students describing her influence on their lives.
• Best Performing Arts Story (Daily and Non-Daily Division): 3rd Place: "Designs For Success," a River City story on Springfield native Travis Halsey, who has established himself as a costume designer in the professional theater world, receiving the "Young Master Award" in New York City.
• Best Education/Literacy Story: 3rd Place, "Area Schools Contemplate Sentinels, Other Security Measures," on the possible introduction of armed staff members in area schools along with other safety measures installed at schools.
• Best Education/Literacy Story: Honorable Mention, "Dog Days At Bon Homme School," on the introduction of a dog in the Bon Homme school district as a way of addressing anxiety and other issues among students and staff.
• Best Feature Photo: Honorable Mention, "Ready To Roll," the photo of a South Dakota National Guard soldier atop a large pile of duffel bags and other equipment while the Yankton-based Bravo Battery prepared to ship out for its European mission.