KINGMAN - Four Daily Miner journalists won individual awards in the 2015 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Contest. The results were announced over the weekend.
Reporter Doug McMurdo won first place for Best Feature Story for "How dementia stole a Kingman artist's life," a Dec. 14 story of the last days of Roland Oeller.
McMurdo also won a first-place award in the Best Column-Feature or Criticism category for a series of three columns: "On veterans who are homeless," Feb. 19; "It's our fault that pot is a gateway drug," Jan. 13; and "The ghosts of Christmas past," Dec. 24.
Sportswriter Shawn Byrne won second place for Best Sports Column for these three entries: "Three high schools are better than one," Nov. 13; "When I think Lumberjacks, I think Jeff Lewis," May 8, 2014; and "Remembering a couple of Bulldog legends," Aug. 13, 2014.
Choate and Reporter Ryan Abella earned a third-place award in the Best Feature Photo Layout category for "40 Yards. One Kick. $1,000 on the Line," Sept. 9, 2014.
The Daily Miner competes in the 25,000-and-under circulation category.