Prevailer News lauded

The Hill City Prevailer News was lauded by the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) for its work and commitment to journalism on May 14.

In total, the Prevailer won four awards for weeklies with circulation under 900.

“I am very proud of our staff at the Prevailer,” said editor Gray Hughes. “We work hard to ensure we deliver a quality product week in and week out to keep the people of Hill City and Keystone informed of what’s happening in our communities. While none of us are in it for the awards and recognition, it’s nice to see our efforts rewarded.”

Publisher Charley Najacht and Hughes won third place for general excellence.

The award for general excellence, as described by the SDNA, is “a measure of the newspaper overall — reporting, writing, photography, opinion, design, advertising. The SDNA General Excellence Awards are recognized as the measure of a newspaper’s overall quality and commitment to journalism.”

Reporter Leslie Silverman won third for her news series discussing tax issues with a local nonprofit. Hughes won two additional awards for photography, also all third place finishes: best portrait photo for a photo of a search and rescue dog and his handler and best spot news photo for motorcycles in Hill City during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“We might not be the largest newspaper out there, but good luck finding a staff who works harder than we do,” Hughes said.

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