The State Line Observer won eight awards in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Michigan Press Association.
The Observer earned a general excellence award again this year, as it has for all but one of the past 11 years.
A judge from the Wisconsin Press Association awarded third place in general excellence to the Observer, among 17 of the entries in the small weekly division.
The judge commented: “Very clean look. Easy-to-read pages. They know how to lay out attractive front pages in small tab format. Stories informative.”
Members of the Heritage Newspaper chain from Dexter and Chelsea finished ahead of the Observer this year.
The Observer placed second in design. The judge said: “This front page is a knock-out with dramatic nameplate and well-chosen cutout as teasers. Visual effects in packaging stories are tasteful and attractive. Inside pages reinforce strong, cutting-edge design throughout.”
Other awards included third place in editorial writing, second place to David Green for a news photo of a house fire and third place for a news photo of an accident near the intersection of U.S. 20 and St. Rt. 108; second place for David Green’s sports story about Zac Johnson’s state wrestling championship; third place for lifestyle pages; and an honorable mention for Jeff Pickell’s column, “Standard Deviant.”