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Monday, October 1, 2007

Newspapers Win Awards

The Saline Reporter and The Milan News Leader have won a total of six awards in the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Please join me in congratulating reporters Brian Cox and Jerry Hinnen for their reporting, as well as freelancer Daniel Fenech for his cartoons, which helped The Saline Reporter capture first place in the editorial pages category.

The local newspapers competed in a circulation class ranging from 4,001 to 10,000, and were among 144 Michigan newspapers that entered. There were more than 3,660 entries, which were judged by the Wisconsin Press Association, so this was a tough competition. The Gaylord Herald Times won Newspaper of the Year in our circulation class.

The Saline Reporter grabbed first place for its editorial pages. Judges commented that the entry, which included three samples, contained a “great mix of content –– editorials, columns, cartoon, letters to the editor, etc. Timely topics and nice layout.”

Sports reporter Jerry Hinnen won first place for sports columns in The Milan News-Leader. Judges commented, “Columns were very well written, interesting and entertaining.”

Hinnen also won third place for sports coverage in The Milan News-Leader. Judges commented on use of graphics and photography, calling the sports section a “good piece of work.”

Reporter Brian Cox won honorable mention in the spot news category for his piece, “Tourney Nixed,” on the cancellation of a “Halo 2” tournament at Saline High School. The judges commented, “Thorough reporting on a tight deadline. You helped readers understand the situation and even gave the uninitiated a brief view of video games.”

Freelance reporter Chris Wright won third place for the article “Built Ford Tough,” which appeared in both newspapers. The story featured Saline resident Jim Roles, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after 50 years.

The Saline Reporter also won honorable mention for Chelsea reporter Ed Freundl’s regional piece, “Serious social studies,” which judges called “thorough and enlightening” and “a nice change of pace from the usual school coverage and enterprise topics.” The article ran in all of Heritage Newspapers’ western region publications and was required to be entered in the highest circulation class it was published.

In addition, Heritage Newspapers’ News-Herald, based in Southgate, and Dexter Leader, won Newspaper of the Year for their individual circulation classes.

In all, Heritage Newspapers’ western region publications, which include newspapers in Saline, Milan, Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Ypsilanti and Belleville, won 32 awards in the contest. Dexter grabbed nine, Manchester had nine, Chelsea won eight, Saline won three and Milan took home three.

To read individual results or more comments from the judges, visit the Michigan Press Association’s Web site at

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Blogger Heather C. said...

Congratulations to all.

October 12, 2007 at 9:32 PM  

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