The Story of a Steak, published in High Plains Journal, was awarded story of the year in the 2014 American Agriculture Editors’ Association Communications Awards announced in Indianapolis during the annual Agriculture Media Summit.
The seven-part series, authored by Martha Mintz, was first place in the issues category and also earned Mintz the honor of writer of the year.
“I’m absolutely thrilled Story of a Steak was recognized as story of the year,” said Mintz, who also reached Master Writer status. “It spotlighted some truly phenomenal members of the industry—the kind of people who are responsibly, efficiently and passionately producing topnotch beef. I was honored to have the opportunity to tell their story.”
In addition to top honors for Story of a Steak, High Plains Journal picked up several awards in both the AAEA Awards programs and the Livestock Publication Council (LPC) Awards. The annual awards highlight and recognize excellence within the agriculture media community.
“The Journal did very well this year at Ag Media Summit,” said Editor Holly Martin. “It is an honor to be recognized and exciting to see our talented staff rewarded.”
Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke was awarded second place in the breaking news category for her coverage of the genetically modified wheat discovery in Oregon. Martin was awarded third place in the editorial opinion category for her column, “Be the squeaky wheel.”
In the AAEA MarComm Awards Program, the All Aboard Wheat Harvest special section was awarded a third place award in the writing for special projects category. High Plains Journal’s Facebook presence was awarded a second place award in the social media category of the Digital and Social Media Division.
Jennifer Carrico, who served as the 2014 Ag Media Summit Steering Committee Chair, was awarded honorable mention in the nuts and bolts livestock category in the Photography Awards Program.
While in Indianapolis, the Livestock Publications Council also announced the 2014 LPC Award winners.
Mintz was awarded first place in the in-depth category for the Story of a Steak series.
Heather Knoll, graphic artist, swept the newspaper cover design category winning first and second place. Latzke was awarded first place news story and first place miscellaneous story. Martin was awarded first place in the regular column category and honorable mention in the commentary or essay category.
Amanda Johnson, graphic artist, was awarded second place in the miscellaneous design category, and Carrico was awarded honorable mention in the production/management article category.
In the LPC Best of the Bunch photography contest, Latzke was awarded first place in the digitally enhanced category and Associate Editor Kylene Scott was second in the same category. Carrico was third in the livestock scenic category.