DES MOINES — Quad-City Times reporters and photographers won three first-place awards for their work Friday from the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors organization.

Staff members also won two first-place awards in the Iowa Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contests.

In the APME judging, reporter Alma Gaul won first place in interpretive story/series for her work chronicling the construction of the westside sewer diversion tunnel in Davenport.

Reporter David Burke won first place in general features for his story titled “Seng-Along.”

Photographer Larry Fisher won first place in business photos for “Spider-Man at work,” a set of photos of a window washer dressed as Spider-Man.

In the INA contests, the Times won first place for best slideshow for a website gallery of the fatal crash at the Quad-City Air Show. The Times also took second place in the category for a slideshow of one of President Barack Obama’s visits to Davenport.

The Times also took a first place in the Best Web Advertisement category for an ad for Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort. That ad also took third place in the Best in Class category involving all first-place winners in advertising categories.

Other award winners in the APME contest were:

Second place: spot news reporting, staff coverage of one of Obama’s visits to Davenport; editorials, Mark Ridolfi for “Beneath the hoodie”; interpretive story/series, Ed Tibbetts, Barb Ickes and Chris Baldus for coverage of the Interstate-74 bridge project; sports spot news story, Matt Coss for “Banner Year”; sports enterprise, Don Doxsie for “Back to School”; wire presentation for the presidential election.

Third place: continuing coverage, Kurt Allemeier, Jennifer DeWitt and Mike Wiser for stories about a proposed fertilizer plant in Scott County; spot news, Tibbetts and Doug Schorpp for coverage of the air show crash; sports spot news story, Coss for “Mr. Big Shot”; sports enterprise, Doug Green for “Amazed us all”; online special package for election coverage.

Other awards in the photography categories in the APME contest were:

Second place, sports feature, John Schultz for “Winning reaction”; Third place, sports feature, Jeff Cook for “Big Golf”; business photos, Cook for auto show photos; and best picture story, Cook for “Missing boy found.”

Other award winners in the INA contest were:

Second place awards: best special section — editorial for a section on the Rock Island Arsenal’s 150th anniversary, which was a joint effort between the Times and The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus; community leadership for the Arsenal section and stories; best newspaper website; best sports story, Adam Soebbing for “Snapshot”; best feature photo/photo story, Jeff Cook, “Rising to the Challenge.”

Third place awards: best blog, Steve Batterson on the Iowa Hawkeyes; breaking news, Brian Wellner; best sports story, Doug Green for “Rising to the Challenge.”

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