Reporters win awards
I am so proud of my team. Brian Cox, Sue G. Collins and Jerry Hinnen do an amazing job with the limited resources we have at these small, weekly newspapers. To be recognized on a national scale should be very rewarding for them and I hope they realize how remarkable it is that they have received eight awards in such a prestigious and competitive contest. They have also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter and the Michigan Press Association in the last year.
In the SNA contest, in which the awards were announced Friday, Brian won third place for column writing, first place for best headline ("A 'pony' tale"), honorable mention for best photojournalism ("Hands-on Learning") and honorable mention for best coverage of local education/school district issues (Saline schools).
Sue won second place for breaking news story ("Autolign Closes"), third place for best feature series ("Open for Business) and honorable mention for best coverage of investigative reporting ("Parking Problem?")
We also won second place for best graphic artwork.
Our parent company, the Journal Register Co., garnered the most awards in the contest with 142, easily beating out Metroland newspapers with 73 and Lee Enterprises with 60. Even more remarkable, JRC's Heritage Newspapers group, which both the Saline and Milan papers are part of, captured the most within JRC, with newspapers across the East Coast and Midwest, with 35 awards.
Heritage Newspapers' western region publications, which include Saline, Milan, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Ypsilanti and Belleville, won 19 of Heritage's 35 awards. There are four editors and eight reporters assigned to the seven publications.
The editorial contest, SNA's most popular contest of the year, included thousands of entries from members across North America. The contest recognizes editorial excellence in six different circulation classes that separates dailies from non-dailies. All first-place winners will be recognized in a full-color advertisement published in Editor & Publisher. Awards will be presented at SNA's Spring Publishers' Conference.
Please join me in congratulating the newspapers' staff on a job well done.