Daily News Named Michigan’s Best Small Daily for 7th Consecutive Year


This photo of lead writer Cory Smith from the Greenville High School Marching Band’s annual Lights Out performance was among the Daily News’ first winning entries in the Michigan Press Association’s 2021 Better Newspaper contest. On March 17, the Daily News was named Class D Daily Newspaper of the Year for the seventh consecutive year. — Photo from DN file

LANSING — For the seventh consecutive year, the Daily News has been named Michigan’s Best Small Daily in the Michigan Press Associations Best Newspaper competition.

Members of the Arkansas Press Association reviewed 2,909 entries submitted by 96 newspapers/individual members in Michigan this year. The contest inspires all journalists to produce their best work, which, in turn, nurtures stronger communities. The 2021 awards were announced March 17 during a virtual ceremony in Lansing.

In addition to being named Class D Newspaper of the Year, the Daily News received the MPA Civil Service Award in the category recognizing “meritorious public service by a newspaper or journalist who has made a meaningful to the betterment of his community. for editor-in-chief Elisabeth Waldon’s report on “wind energy”.

“Seven consecutive years. Wow,” said Julie Stafford, editor of the Daily News. “And each of those years – especially the last two – seem to have gotten harder. It’s the result of an incredible team of extremely talented people who dedicate themselves body and soul to their work.

The Daily News advertising team took second place among Michigan daily newspapers in the 2021 advertising competition. The team won 16 awards for their work.

“I’m very proud to lead such an incredible design team,” said Amber Rood, Sales and Marketing Director of The Daily News. “They go above and beyond to create unique designs for our advertisers.”

The editorial team won a total of 23 awards. The Staff won Best Digital Presentation (Website), Waldon received six awards, Senior Writer Cory Smith won nine awards, Editor Darrin Clark won two awards, and Sportswriter Austin Chastain won five awards for his work with the Midland Daily News. . (See sidebar for a full list.)

“I think one of the reasons we have an award-winning team is that each of us is invested in our communities and truly wants to make them better – holding them accountable, recognizing the amazing people who live here, spanning our small towns and our greatest, telling the stories of Montcalm and Ionia counties. said Stafford. “To say I’m proud to be a part of this award-winning tradition doesn’t seem like enough.”

Overall, View Newspaper Group publications have won 32 first place, 25 second and 19 third place awards as well as 15 honorable mentions. Joining the Daily News as Newspaper of the Year, the Huron County View won first prize in the Weekly A category.

“We are very proud of our group’s overall performance in the annual MPA competition. Especially our Greenville and Bad Ax teams, who both took top honors in their classes. This is the second straight year for Huron County View and a remarkable seventh straight year for the Daily News,” said group editor Wes Smith. “We have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of reporters, editors, designers, sales professionals and support staff working in our 15 community newspapers across Michigan. It is truly an honor to have our team members recognized by our peers in the newspaper industry for their efforts and accomplishments.

Lapeer-based View Newspaper Group publishes 15 community newspapers spanning 10 Michigan counties with more than 200,000 copies printed weekly and 13 websites with more than 588,000 monthly page views.

“It’s clear that our collective newsrooms are doing tremendous work across the state to serve their communities,” said Paul J. Heidbreder, president of the Michigan Press Association and publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “Covering our beats is crucial work that supports the democratic process in every Michigan community; it’s work that sustains the spirit of every community we serve. We have wonderful examples here of the immense talent we have in our state. It’s been a tough few years, but we’ll look back on those times with pride for all the positive impact we’ve had on our readers. »

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The Daily News editorial staff won the following awards in the Michigan Press Association’s 2021 Best Newspaper competition:

Open class

The second place

Public Opinion Journalism Award: Elisabeth Waldon, Pierson Township goes to the Daily News for public notices

Class D Daily Rewards

First place

Public Service Award: Elisabeth Waldon, Wind Energy

Best digital presentation: Staff

Best Page or Pages Design: Darrin Clark, December 30, 2020, front page

Best Video Presentation: Cory Smith, Kate Hansen 100th birthday celebration

Business/Agriculture News: Elisabeth Waldon, Local wind/solar coverage

Picture Feature: Cory Smith, ‘Lights Out’ continues

Government/Education News: Elisabeth Waldon, Wind Energy

News photo: Cory Smith, Eureka Township Board approves liquor licenses for 2 new taverns

The story of photography: Cory Smith, Prom-inent party

Sports pictures: Cory Smith, Bronc breaks in the mud

The second place

Best Newspaper Design: Darrin Clark, October 24, 2020, Daily News Design

Report: Elisabeth Waldon, Declining decorum: Judges struggle to maintain order in the courtroom in the age of Zoom

Company reports: Elisabeth Waldon, Wind conflict

The story of photography: Cory Smith, special delivery

Third place

Picture Feature: Cory Smith, Rake ‘n’ Run

Honorable mention

Picture Feature: Cory Smith, Prom-inent party

Sports pictures: Cory Smith, ‘Revenge Tour’

Class C Daily Rewards (Midland Daily News)

The second place

sports writing: Austin Chastain, Down the stretch: How the Jutanugarns sealed victory at the Dow GLBI

Third place

Best Sports Chronicle: Austin Chastain, Chastain: Welcome back to baseball, Loons fans!

Honorable mention

Best Sports Chronicle: Austin Chastain, it’s (Bobby) Miller time at Dow Diamond

Best Video Presentation: Austin Chastain, video preview : organist of the New Loons

sports writing: Austin Chastain, Fly, Falcons, Fly: Freeland wins third straight district crown on Garber

Publicity contest “Daily” Rewards

Members of the Daily News advertising staff won the following awards in the Michigan Press Association’s 2021 Best Newspaper competition:

First place

entertainment services: Design Team, Rhythm on the River Concert Series

General retail: Design Team, Wayside Gardens Pumpkin Announcement

Home furnishings: Design Team, Millards Lucky Picks Home Furnishings

Home services: Design Team, American Classic Home Services

The second place

Best Health/Fitness Commercial: Design Team, Rackham Chiropractic: Do you have these symptoms?

Best Special Section: Special election preview section

Better use of color: Design Team, American Legion Post 101

New And Used Cars, Recreational vehicles and boats: Design Team, Test Drive for a Turkey

Classifieds work: Design Team, Furniture Gallery

Third place

Best Health/Fitness Commercial: Design Team, Perennial Wellness LLC Home Page Banner

Community Business Promotions: Sales, Design and Editorial Teams, Sports Playoffs

Home furnishings: Design Team, Larry’s Hurry and Save

Home services: Design team, it’s time to recharge!

Honorable Mention

Best Internal Traffic Ad: Design Team, save a stamp and a check! promo

Community Business Promotions: Sales and Design Teams, Halloween Safety

Restaurants: Sales & Design Teams, Battle of the Pizzas – Various Restaurants

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