The State Line Observer was rated the best small weekly in the state through the Michigan Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
More than 3,700 entries from 116 newspapers were judged by members of the Pennsylvania Press Association.
The Observer earned the top award by winning the General Excellence category for weekly newspapers with circulations below 4,000.
The Observer was described as having “great pictures, a nice clean layout, with lots of local content and excellent writing.” The staff was also commended for a “clear editorial voice.”
The Observer also earned first-place awards in Design and in Lifestyle Pages that include various feature stories and school reporting. The judge said the Observer’s lifestyle pages were “well-rounded, with strong writing and an easy-to-read format; photos and stories feature a variety of people and activities from the community.”
David Green earned the second and third place awards in News Stories for reporting on floodwater mosquitoes and for the freshman prep class at Morenci Area High School.
Rich Foley earned second place in Local Columns for his Nowhere Road column and David Green earned second place in Feature Stories for his article about the life of Jeannine Price.
The Observer’s sports coverage earned an honorable mention.
The Observer was named “Newspaper of the Year” in its class for earning the most total points in the contest.