The Tribune’s team of talented writers, designers and editors swept up at least nine awards for their 2012 efforts in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors journalism contest. The Michigan Associated Press released the list of award winners Thursday afternoon.
Cheryl Welch, the Tribune’s director of content and audience development, said she’s proud of the accomplishments of the content team.
“Our team works hard every day to produce a stellar newspaper for our community,” she said. “This awards recognition is an affirmation that we do a great job of providing high-quality news coverage.”
The awards are:
— Best informational graphic/illustration: designer Jordan Haenlein for his "Less pain at the pump” illustration of an evil fuel pump sucking up money.
— Best editorial: Welch for the "We're with you, Chan” editorial about the racial intimidation suffered by the owners of Chan’s Chinese Restaurant in Spring Lake.
— Best sports enterprise: sports reporter Nate Thompson for his "Price to Play” story about the price that families pay today to allow their children the opportunity to play sports.
— Best sports: Thompson for his "Eidson's Clutch FT’s Gives Bucs Class A District Crown” coverage.
— Best breaking news: reporter Krystle Wagner for the "Father's Sacrifice” stories on Father’s Day weekend about the fatal crash involving Grand Haven Township resident John Shumaker.
— Best breaking news: Thompson, Welch, sports editor Matt DeYoung, reporter Becky Vargo, reporter Alex Doty, reporter Marie Havenga and night/web editor Mark Brooky for "Clinging to Life.” It was the coverage of the March 2012 crash of five Grand Haven High School students on their way to the Breslin Center for the girls’ basketball championship run.
— Best enterprise reporting: Doty for the "Water Woes" series on low water levels in our lakes and tributaries.
— Best public service to Welch and designer Kevin Collier for the "Away for the Holidays" spotlight on our local servicemen and women who were serving our country and away for the holidays.
— Best sustained coverage of a single news event: The content team for "GHHS Girls Crash."
“It's always nice to be recognized by your peers for your hard work, but that's secondary for us,” said Tribune Publisher Kevin Hook. “Our primary motivation is to provide our readers with news that has an impact in their lives. Receiving these awards validates the commitment the Tribune staff puts forth every day. I'm very proud of their accomplishments, and hope our communities realize and appreciate their efforts, too.”
The Tribune competes for these awards against more than a dozen newspapers in the highly competitive circulation Division 1. Contest submissions are judged by out-of-state journalists.
The award placement and general excellence award winners will be revealed at a June awards banquet in Lansing.