Observer wins top contest award 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

The State Line Observer captured “Newspaper of the Year” honors again this year in the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The newspaper earning the most points from the 17 contest categories is given the top award. The Observer was awarded 19 awards by judges in Colorado, including nine first-place awards.

Top awards were earned for editorial page, news photograph, feature photograph, photo story, sports photo (by Dale Bates), sports writing, sports column (by Rich Foley), sports coverage and lifestyle pages.

Lifestyle pages includes features and school stories that inspired the judge to remark, “The section includes great coverage of what makes a community what it is.”

Second place awards were earned for newspaper design, the feature story “Ministering to the victims of AIDS” about Kyle and Heather (Fankhauser) Farran’s work in South Africa, news photograph, feature photograph and sports photograph.

Third place awards were earned for a story  called “Waiting for the phone call” about the missing Skelton boys, a feature story about a kitten in a sewer, Rich Foley’s “Nowhere Road” column, a sports photo and a sports feature about Russ Sutherland and horse racing.

“Newspaper of the Year” awards were also earned in four daily paper divisions by the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journal and the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Other weekly paper winners were the Dearborn Press & Guide Newspapers, the Grosse Pointe News and the Gaylord Herald Times.

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