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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Reporters win awards

The Milan News-Leader and Saline Reporter's staff have earned national recognition for their reporting, headline writing, photography and commentary in the 2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Editorial Contest.

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.

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5 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I would like to add my congratulations to the reporters for their accomplishments. Brian, Sue and Jerry do a tremendous job under less than optimum conditions. I hope that our "local" paper can truly remain a local paper.

David Rhoads

January 28, 2008 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Jessy said...

Congratulations! You all do such an amazing job. Hats off to you! Michelle, don't count yourself out of the cheers and celebrations. You deserve as many awards and accolades for all that you do. I am proud to be even a small part of such an accomplished newspaper. Congrats again and thanks for sharing the print space. : )

Jessy Patterson

January 28, 2008 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Walberg Office said...

Congressman Walberg and his staff would like to congratulate the Saline Reporter staff on its recent recognition and awards. The Saline area is blessed to have outstanding, professional journalists who care deeply about the community and its citizens. In today's modern media age, this paper is a shining example of how to adapt to our changing times but also remain a local, people-centered publication. Congratulations!

January 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Terri Sibo-Koenig said...

Congrats to the hardworking Reporter staff! Putting out quality stories week after week is a daunting task for such a small staff. The writers deserve not only national recognition but a big cheer from the community. Thanks for helping keep the community connected and informed!

January 28, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Norma Shull Smith said...

On behalf of the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce we send our congratulations to Milan News-Leader reporters, Brian, Sue and Jerry, and to our Editor, Michelle Rogers. We have recently learned of the National awards and other Journalism credits. We have recently experienced the team reaching out to our community and area with forums, surveys, and opportunities for the average citizen to learn to write columns.
A strong newspaper presence in ones community is vital for residents to keep up with all the local and area news. We also extend our thank you to the Heritage Papers for seeing the need of paper presence in the smaller communities. Congratulations for taking the LEAD.
Norma Shull Smith,
Administrative Assistant

January 30, 2008 at 4:42 PM  

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