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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Newspapers win awards

I am so proud of my staff, current and former, at The Saline Reporter and The Milan News-Leader. On Friday, results of the Michigan Press Association 2008 Better Newspaper Contest were released, and we won 12 awards. Of Heritage Newspapers' western region publications, which include Saline, Milan, Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester, 34 awards were garnered. All of us competed in the weekly Class D category with circulations under 4,001.

Staff Writer Sue G. Collins won first place in the spot news category for her piece on the closing of AutoLign in The Milan News Leader.

Brian Cox won third place for feature story with his piece "Finding a Purpose" in The Saline Reporter. Judges wrote that the presentation and writing set it apart from the other entries.

The Saline Reporter won second place and The Milan News-Leader won third place for its editorial pages. Judges wrote that Saline deserved a higher ranking over Milan because of its volume of letters to the editor.

A surprising win was honorable mention by Ryan Michaels at The Saline Reporter for his movie reviews. Ryan, who was 10 at the time, was recognized for his talent, "writing with confidence and conviction," the judges wrote, and the newspaper was recognized for having "made the right choice in having the courage to welcome this 10-year-old to its writing team."

Another nice surprise was reader Terri Sibo-Koenig's second-place prize in the feature picture category for the shot she submitted for our use in The Saline Reporter called "Flying High." It was of a skateboarder jumping over some kids. The judges wrote, "Great sense of perspective, timing and motion."

The Milan News-Leader grabbed first and Saline took third in sports writing for Jerry Hinnen's work. His first-place award was for the story "Girls Hoops Coach Resigns" and second place was for "Festival of Feats." Jerry also led The Saline Reporter to first place in the sports coverage category. The judges wrote, "This guy must work 24/7."

In lifestyle pages, The Milan News-Leader's "Community" section grabbed second place. The judges wrote, "Very community oriented with good photography and a nice use of color. The writing was done in an entertaining but informative style."

The Saline Reporter grabbed two awards in special sections category, taking first place for its Celtic Festival tab and third place for the Saline Area Directory.

In addition, Heritage Newspapers won first place for its "Moving Forward" section produced last spring and published in all the papers. The judges wrote, "This comprehensive series gives readers a thorough understanding of the economy in the southeast Michigan area and the direction it is headed in. The four parts are well planned out and organized by themes. Excellent cover design."

Two of Heritage Newspapers' publications grabbed Newspaper of the Year accolades. The News-Herald, covering Downriver, and The Chelsea Standard were given the honor in their respective circulation classes.

There were 3,781 entries submitted by 116 Michigan newspapers. The contest was judged by the Pennsylvania Press Association. If you want to read the complete results, visit the MPA Web site at

A letter from our senator:

Dear Ms. Rogers,

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to send my personal congratulations to The Saline Reporter and The Milan News Leader on the awards of achievement presented by the Michigan Press Association to each of these fine papers.

I feel truly privileged to have a group of such talented writers covering the communities I represent. The obligation the press has to its patrons is a true challenge and responsibility. It is good to know the residents of Saline and Milan have good, reliable news reporting and information available to them through their community papers. It is with the outstanding accomplishments that the Michigan Press Association has recognized you for, that you and your staff can better serve your community with valuable information they need.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication in informing the public. I look forward to reading more articles from both The Saline Reporter and The Milan News Leader. Again, congratulations to all of you!


Randy Richardville
State Senator
The 17th District


Blogger Missy said...

Very exciting, congratulations to everyone at the Saline Reporter.

September 29, 2008 at 6:44 AM  

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