The State Line Observer earned “Newspaper of the Year” honors again this year in the annual Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
More than 120 newspapers entered the contest in four daily and four weekly divisions. The entries were judged by journalists in Minnesota.
The Observer won top honors in the division of weekly newspapers with circulations less than 4,000.
Winners in other divisions were the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journal, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the Petoskey News-Review, the Southgate News-Herald, the Dearborn Press & Guide, and the Gaylord Herald Tribune.
The Observer won three first-place awards: Colleen Leddy for column writing; David Green for a feature photo of students releasing monarch butterflies; and Green for a sports photo of a baseball catcher leaping to avoid a collision.
Second-place awards went to Green for a news photo showing a series of Toledo Edison trucks forming a geometric pattern; Green for a photo story of a program for young wrestlers; Green for a sports story about the Morenci-Hudson football game; Rich Foley for his sports columns about NASCAR; and to the staff for lifestyle pages.
Third-place awards went to Green for column writing; Green for a sports feature about wild pigs; and to the staff for sports coverage.
Green received honorable mention for a photo story on the Big Bird Fly-in of model airplanes.
Newspaper of the Year plaques will be presented in January at the press association’s annual convention.