Tribune wins big

The Grand Haven Tribune has earned top honors in the most recent statewide newspaper contest.
Tribune Staff
Mar 29, 2013

 

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.

 

Comments

LakerVille

“This awards recognition is an affirmation that we do a great job of providing high-quality news coverage.”- Cheryl Welch

Oh man, needed a good laugh on Friday, Thanks Cheryl!

RenegadeX

Which begs the question...What does it really matter if you think it's funny?

Congrats to the Tribune for their awards! It is inspiring to see the work they are doing in service to the community. A far cry from the anonymity and banality which are a hallmark of these comment forums.

newspaperlawyer

“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.” WHAT A JOKE. Did Becky Vargo get any award for chasing the first responders around????

RenegadeX

See my comments above.

BTL2A

Be nice if they listed all the categories..or at least how many to give this a bot more context.

Did they win 9 of a total of ten awards? Total of 50 awards? 100 awards?

Also division 1 would be the smallest papers correct?

GHJames

LOL, the tribune is a small paper so that would make sense. With your investigative report here BTL2A, I'm afraid some big city paper will steal you away for their comments section.

Magic Mike

Wow some of you are so negative, and it's ridiculous. I'm with RenegadeX and think it is a great accomplishment! Here are some people in the community who've been recognized by their peers for excellence in what they do, and most of you seem to have nothing better to do than to put them down.

At least they are doing something productive.

And BTL2A, I did a little bit of research research, and discovered they won the second highest amount in their category, second only to a paper in the Lansing/Brighton/Detroit area.

Congrats to the Trib from this reader.

Wingmaster

Now if we could get an edit button on their website here!!

Congrats Trib on your achievment.

GHJames

And all the whiners are still here on the tribs website. I don't agree with everything they print, but the tribune is still an asset to our community. Congrats!

Westernskye

To those doubting the amount of competition and what placings the Tribune received amongst them please read the full story:
"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."
As you can see there IS competition, and I am very sure, once the JUNE awards banquet is held, the Tribune will be more than happy to fill ya'll in on the 'details' you seem to need.

Kudos to EVERYONE at the Tribune as I know from experience it takes a village of workers, so to speak, to turn out the paper on a daily basis. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. With all of the dying newspapers out there one would think the naysayers who comment so negatively on a daily basis would be happy to HAVE a local newspaper. I sure would like to see their efforts at doing the same job... It would make for a good comics page.....

concernedtri-ci...

I normally don't pay any attention to the narrow minded comments but I am fed up with all of the negative opinions. I don't get why some "readers" feel the need to be nasty. If you don't like all that the local newspaper offers or reports then don't read it....period. Why people feel it is appropriate to try to tear down a organization is beyond me but FYI to those of you that think you know everything, know this....you sound stupid spouting off with your arrogant & narrow minded attitudes. I say Congratulations Tribune staff & thanks for all that you do for our community.

 

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