Newspaper earns 16 awards at IPA convention

Newspaper earns 16 awards at IPA convention

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The Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat received a total of 16 awards during the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention, held June 7-9 in Springfield. The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents approximately 450 daily and weekly newspapers. Members of the Colorado Press Association served as this year’s contest judges.

In advertising, the Enquirer-Democrat captured 11 awards. A total of 44 newspapers participated, with nearly 700 contest entries.

The advertising staff received two first-place awards, one for Best Classified Section for the section that ran in the Feb. 11, 2016, issue, and the other for Best Static Online Ad for a Bank and Trust ad. The judges commented, “Beautiful headings, clean ads,” regarding the classified section and “very creative for the type of business” for the online ad.

Second place advertising awards went to the staff for Best Ad Less Than a Full Page (“Don’t Conceal It! Let us heal it!”) about which the judges commented, “Eye catching images, capitalizing on a holiday timeframe and effectively uses a title to get the reader into a very text heavy ad”; to the staff for Best Classified Ad; and to Jonathon Parish for Best Shared Signature Page for the Fourth of July signature page, which the judges said had a “great mix of information, advertisements and imagery.”

Third place advertising awards went to Parish in Best Community Focus Special Section for the Cavies Keepsake Edition (“Nice streamlining of color throughout section. Good original content. Definitely something that would be saved”) and in Best Shared Page/Signature Page for the Valentine’s Day signature page (“Very well done, ads complimented content well”).

Advertising honorable mentions went to the staff in General Advertising Excellence for the April 21 and 28, 2016, issues of the paper; to Jaime Winchester in Best Ad Series for a Carl’s IGA banner (“Clear, colorful series. Not too crowded but with differentiated graphics that capture interest”); and to Parish in Best One-Time Special Section (“clear design and solid content”) and in Best Community Focus Special Section for the Christmas on the Square section (excellent holiday shopping guide”).

In the editorial competition, the newspaper received five awards. More than 100 daily and non-daily newspapers competed in 36 editorial categories with more than 3,000 total entries.

A staff editorial titled “It’s through FOIA we hold elected officials accountable” took both second place in the Illinois Public Policy Institute Award for Best Promotion of Public’s Right to Know and third place in Public Notice Journalism Award.

Other third place awards went to the staff for Editorial Page based on the April 21 and June 16, 2016, editorial pages and to  Eric Becker for Best Coverage of Taxation based on his articles “School board to seek property tax referendum for November ballot” and “Third time’s the charm.”

Becker also received an honorable mention in Sports Column for his Sports Extra columns.

Publisher Paula Endress commented on the editorial awards, noting, “I am very proud of our dedicated staff for receiving this recognition. They work hard to make sure our advertisers and readers receive a quality newspaper each week.”