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The engravers wheel spun feverishly as the plaques honoring the 2007 SNA
Editorial Contest were crafted just in time for bestowing at last month’s Editorial
Awards banquet held in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on the final night of the SNA Spring
Publishers’ Conference. The contest was as competitive as ever with more than
3,000 entries from suburban and community newspapers throughout North America.
Hats are off to the panel of judges organized by The American Press Institute who
pored over the voluminous pile of entries. With comments like “The judging was
tough-a lot of these papers are doing very good in-depth reporting on tough local
issues.” (from Bill Reader– Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication)
and “I was impressed by the number of fine examples of sports reporting for news-
papers with limited resources and tight deadlines.” (from Paul Niwa, Assistant
Professor, Journalism, Emerson College), the judges spent countless hours evaluat-
ing the spirited entries.
Johanna Keller, Director, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications acknowledged the caliber of the people behind the pages with a
note alongside her selections, “Thanks for the opportunity to judge this contest. I
enjoyed reading the submissions-there’s a lot of talent here!”
Journal Register Company once more led all companies with 142 winning entries.
They were followed by Metroland Media Group with 73; Lee Enterprises with 61;
Sun-Times Media Group with 47; American Community Newspapers, Inc. with 27
and Gannett Company, Inc. with 27 awards.
For daily newspapers, the Lawrence Journal World took top honors with 23 awards
followed by The Post Star (Lee Enterprises): 11 awards, Arizona Daily Star (Lee
Enterprises): 10 awards, Oakland Press (Journal Register Company): 10 awards and
the Southeast Missourian (Rust
Communications): 9 awards.
For individual weekly newspapers, top honors
go to Pioneer Press Newspapers-The Doings
(Sun-Times News Group) with 11 awards fol-
lowed by St. Albert Gazette (Gazette Press):
10 awards, News-Herald (MI), (Journal
Register Company): 9 awards and Howard
County Times (Patuxent Publishing
Company): 9 awards.
For weekly newspaper groups, leading the
pack is Heritage Newspapers, owned by
Journal Register Company with 35 awards.
Next is the Durham Division of Metroland
Media Group with 32 awards, followed
by Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, owned
by Gannett Company, Inc. with 27, ThisWeek
Community Newspapers, owned by Consumer
News Services with 24 awards, Greater
Kansas City Community Newspaper Group,
owned by NPG Newspapers, Inc. with 18 awards, Suburban News Publications (OH),
published by American Community Newspapers, Inc. with 15 awards and Lower
Mainland Publishing, owned by Black Press also with 15 awards.
A full listing of winners is at www.suburban-news.org.
Editorial Contest Judges to SNA Papers -
“There’s a lot of talent here!”
BEST HEADLINE. The Lawrence
Journal World took a first place for
headline writing for this one on their
included a Best
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A Very Small Sampling of The Many Winners
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