The State Line Observer earned “Newspaper of the Year” in the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The award is based on total points earned in the annual contest. The Observer has won the award for small weekly newspapers five consecutive years and 13 of the past 16 years.
Others earning the top honor were the daily newspapers Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, Traverse City Record-Eagle and Livingston County Daily Press, and weekly papers News Herald (downriver Detroit), Tri-County Times (Fenton) and Leelanau Enterprise.
The Observer was awarded second place in General Excellence and first place in seven categories.
The General Excellence judge stated, “This paper isn’t far from first place at all because of its strong community news and editorial content. Nice clean layout with great use of white space and photos. Another staff of excellent writers that covers the community and packages stories with information readers need to know. An overall excellent job.”
First-place awards were given for newspaper design, lifestyle pages, a photo story about a wrestling event in Waldron, a feature story about Cork’s Winery, a sports photo of football player Cody Powell, a sports feature about coon hunting with Billy Williams, and a sports story about the Morenci-Britton Deerfield football game.
Second-place awards were presented for editorial writing, Rich Foley’s NASCAR Notes column, a sports feature about Rick Davis’s white-water rafting trip, and sports coverage.
Third-place honors were given for a news photo of a house fire on U.S. 20, a feature photo of drummers from Stair Public Library’s summer reading program, a photo package from the Town and Country Festival, a sports photo of a blocked pass, and a sports story about Taylor Baugh’s powerlifting championship.