Sentinel wins top national education award

Debra Dobbins


Debra Dobbins

The National Newspaper Association announced Wednesday The Daily Sentinel won first place among newspapers with a circulation of 10,000 or more in the association’s 2012 Newspaper and Education Contest.

The Sentinel won first prize in one of two categories in the contest, “Newspapers supporting education and civic literacy.” Ads printed monthly in the paper to recognize sponsors of the Sentinel’s Newspapers in Education program earned the first-place finish for Sentinel employees who worked on the ads. Each ad includes a list of individuals and organizations who donated $200 to $750 per year to Newspapers in Education and a thank-you letter to sponsors written each month by a different teacher who benefits from the program.

The ads allowed sponsors to see the effect their donation has had in the classroom and offers the Sentinel a chance to highlight local teachers, according to Debra Dobbins, coordinator of the Sentinel’s Newspapers in Education program. Dobbins speaks to students about writing and journalism as part of the program, which also provides free access to the paper for students and gives students involved in Kids Voting a chance to write political articles for the Sentinel’s weekly education page.

The Sentinel last won top prize in the National Newspaper Association’s Newspaper and Education Contest in 2010, when it was called the Newspapers in Education Contest. Each first place winner gets $100 and an award certificate.

Newspapers in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Washington also won prizes in this year’s Newspapers in Education Contest.

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