DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the 2018 Iowa Associated Press Media Editors Newswriting and Photo contest.

The Newswriting Sweepstakes, Photo Sweepstakes, First Amendment award, Bill Wundram Column award and Mark Twain Membership award will be announced at the Iowa Newspaper Association convention luncheon on Friday. All other awards may be picked up before or after the luncheon outside of the ballroom.

The contest included 528 entries from 16 daily newspapers featuring news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2018.

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Finalists in the 2018 Iowa APME newspapers contest:

Division III:

Business: Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, "Grain Elevator Safety Improves, but Risks Remain"; Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Small-Town Theaters"; Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "The Impact of Automation."

Business Feature: Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, "From Younkers to 'Junkers.' What Went Wrong"; Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Mall Memories"; Amie Steffen, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Day Care Shortage Hampers Economy."

Lifestyle Feature: Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, "As Rural Ob Units Close, Northwest Iowa Women Travel Farther to Deliver"; Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register, "Life in the Fast Lane"; Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register, "This is My America, Too."

Continuing News Coverage: Alma Gaul, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Storm water run off takes its toll"; Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, "USS Sioux City"; Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's Mental Health Crisis."

Editorials: Brian Cooper and Amy Gilligan, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Millwork Parking: Too Much Too Soon"; The Des Moines Register, "Another Iowa Mental Health Horror Story"; The Des Moines Register, "Liability, Transparency and Accountability Needed for Gun-Toting Iowans."

General Feature: Allie Hinga, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "From Mentorship to Friendship"; Jim Swenson, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Fervent Fans"; Andrew Wind, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Paradise Lost."

Interpretive Story or Series: Kathy A. Bolten, The Des Moines Register, "Before the Crash"; Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's Mental Health Crisis"; Sioux City Journal, "Homeless in Siouxland."

Investigative Reporting: Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, "How a Gaming Geek With a Checkered Past"; John Kruse, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "East Dubuque Investigation"; Brianne Pfannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Candidate for Governor, Sexual Misconduct."

Spot News Reporting: Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, "Urbandale Couple Escapes Death in Flash Flood"; Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Half My Family Is Gone: Mom Mourns"; Sioux City Journal, "1 Hospitalized, Dozens Evacuated After Explosion."

News Graphics: Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Layers of a Landfill"; Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "What Used to Be"; The Des Moines Register, "3rd District Candidates Face Off."

Sports Enterprise: Matthew Bain, The Des Moines Register, "A Lot of Trust Was Violated"; Danny Lawhon, The Des Moines Register, "Why Iowa Schools Won't Sell Beer to the Masses"; Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "New Game in Town; Everybody's a Gamer; Gaming Goes Golden."

Sports Feature: Tommy Birch, The Des Moines Register, "Brain Tumor Never Far From Pevey's Thoughts"; Matt Coss, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Often Misunderstood, Ailing Maquoketa Coaching Icon Cared"; John Naughton, The Des Moines Register, "Attitude Over Obstacles."

Sports Spot News: Matthew Bain, The Des Moines Register, "Former Youth Coach Allegedly Had Sexual Images"; Mark Emmert, The Des Moines Register, "Playing Above the Pain"; Bobby Metcalf, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Quad-City Mallards to Cease Operations at End of Season."

Business Photo: Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Corn Chop"; Nicki Kohl, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Hog Farmer"; Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Spot Welding."

Feature Photo: Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Beauty From Above"; Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, "How privatized Medicaid is systematically denying hundreds of disabled Iowans the medical equipment their doctors say they need"; Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Image From RAGBRAI 2018."

General News Photo: Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Daughter's Ashes"; Nicki Kohl, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Candidate Forum"; Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Emotional Verdict."

Picture Story: Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Guts to Get in the Ring"; Brian Powers, The Des Moines Register, "The Hawkeye Wave"; Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Meth: On Patrol in Fulton, Illinois.."

Sports Action Photo: Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Under Pressure"; Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Face Grab"; Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Northern Iowa/Hampton Football."

Sports Feature Photo: Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, "USA Continues Dominance at World Cup Wrestling"; Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Softball Celebration"; Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Walk-Off Win."

Spot News Photo: Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, "Missing Son"; Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "Crowd Control"; Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "1 Dead, Several Seriously Injured in 50-Car Pileup Near Ames on I-35."

Division II:

Business: Sara Jordan-Heintz, Marshalltown Times-Republican, "Cecil's Cafe Closes"; Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Blast Off."

Business Feature: Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, "The 40-Year History of Prairie Lights Bookstore"; Douglas Burns, Carroll Daily Times Herald, "The Big Cork Pop"; Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Demolition to Give Way."

Lifestyle Feature: Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "A Place to Call Home"; Jacqueline Covey, Clinton Herald, "Swing Your Partner"; Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Moving Forward."

Continuing News Coverage: Scott Levine and Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "No Boundaries: Opioids on the Rise"; Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, "Problem Officer"; Joe Sutter, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Tales of the Pipeline."

Editorials: Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, "Time for Barr to Walk Away"; Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, "Where's the Beef, Mayor?"; Marshalltown Times-Republican, "We Will Recover If We Are Marshalltown Strong."

General Feature: Blake Baxter, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, "Born a Fighter: Student in Iowa School for the Deaf"; Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, "Remembering 'The Miracle Season'''; Annie Mehl and Nik Heftman, Carroll Daily Times Herald, "Sudanese in Carroll."

Interpretive Story or Series: Elizabeth Meyer, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Police Shooting Files Released"; Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Guns and Schools"; Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "School Budget Realities."

Investigative Reporting: Mike Bell, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, "Children of Slain Pottawattamie County Deputy Never Received Donations"; Kyle Ocker and Colin Peters, (Centerville) Ad Express & Daily Iowegian, "Indian Hills Community College"; Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, "Problem Officer."

Spot News Reporting: Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier and Elizabeth Meyer, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Tama Complex Fire"; Marshalltown Times-Republican, "Roofing Death"; The Ottumwa Courier, "Bridal Cottage Fire."

News Graphics: Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, "No Boundaries: Opioids on the Rise"; Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, "Salary Comparison."

Sports Enterprise: Chris Johnson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Forever Young/Lasting Legacy."

Sports Feature: John Bohnenkamp, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Cleaning Up the Past"; Brandon Hurley, Carroll Daily Times Herald, "Success Through Experimentation"; Larry Peterson, Creston News Advertiser, "Fit for the Pit."

Sports Spot News: John Bohnenkamp, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "A Miss That He Wanted"; Eric Pratt, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Dodger Denny' Dies"; Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times-Republican, "Marshalltown's Whirlwind Season Ends."

Business Photo: John Gaines, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "TeriYaki Madness"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Dance Class"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Hotel Open House Bed Check."

Feature Photo: Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, "Clock Work"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Dog Kiss"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Last Day of School."

General News Photo: John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Student Funeral"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Tama Building Fire"; Chad Thompson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Mission Accomplished."

Picture Story: Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, "A Peek Inside the Marshall County Courthouse"; John Gaines, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Colorful Snowfall"; John Gaines and John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Tama Complex Fire."

Sports Action Photo: Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Battling Back"; Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "Dodgers Make a Statement"; Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, "Play at the Plate."

Sports Feature Photo: Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, "FD's Fierke Puts On a Show"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Father Daughter Ride"; Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, "State Track."

Spot News Photo: Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, "Devastated"; John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, "Fire Rescue"; Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, "Live Wire."

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