Daily News wins seven MPA awards

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Daily News won a total of seven awards – three editorial awards and four advertising awards – in this year’s Michigan Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper contest.

The MPA contest awards prizes to daily newspapers in four classes based on newspaper circulation. The Daily News competes in Class D, which includes papers with circulations of under 15,000.

In the MPA Editorial & Photography Contest, Staff Writer Theresa Proudfit won first place in Feature Photography for a photo of Tyler Rose of Kingsford cooling himself off in a cooler.

There were 43 entries in this category.

“This one rose to the top in a class full of variety, both in subjects and quality,” the judge commented. “The reader can feel the cool. I would have liked to see how it was treated on the page. For me, the clear winner. “

Daily News Sports Editor Ron Deuter won second place in Sports Columnist category. His three-column entry included “What’s the issue?,” “Losing the tie a winning move,” and “Yep, the Bears still…” There were 22 entries.

“Puts you right there, allows readers to become involved in the subject,” the judge said of Deuter’s columns.

Daily News Sports Writer Burt Angeli won third place in Sports Writing for his story, “No more doubting these Knights.”

“You wrote it as if you were telling it to me in person. Good job,” the judge said.

There were 40 entries in the Sports Writing category.

Members of Nebraska Press Association reviewed 3,108 entries submitted by 114 Michigan newspapers when they judged the 2013 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

“One thing that’s remained constant in our media transformation is the need to meet audience demands through local news coverage,” said MPA Executive Director Mike MacLaren.

“With this year’s MPA Better Newspaper Contest showing an 11 percent increase over last year, we’re excited to see stronger competition for community content excellence because that is a key performance indicator in capturing audience attention and building better communities,” MacLaren said.

The Daily News also won four awards in the MPA Advertising Contest.

Classified Sales Representative Ray King and Graphic Artist Pat Moore nearly swept the Best Classified ROP Automobile or ROP Real Estate Ad category. They took the second place, third place and honorable mention awards. Their Riverside Auto Feature won second place; their Riverside Auto won third place; and Riverside Auto Memorial Day Specials took Honorable Mention. There were 17 entries in the category.

Additionally, Graphic Artist Jenni Lindstrom and Advertising Sales Representative Stephenie Jecevicus won second place in the Best Ad Idea category for Super 8 Pool Parties. “Good idea, good use of color,” the judge said. There were 47 entries in this category.

This is the second award announcement for The Daily News. The newspaper also won a first place award in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Awards, announced earlier this year.

Theresa Proudfit won Best Sports Picture for a photograph from the 2012 Iron Mountain-Kingsford varsity football game. The photo shows Kingsford’s Cole Tengesdahl reaching for a pass as Iron Mountain’s Tony Ward defends.

“A combination of incredible timing, the correct choice of lens and a very clean background made this image the best of Division 1 in the sports category,” the contest judges said. The Division 1 category is for newspapers with a daily circulation under 15,000.