Posted: Aug. 4, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 4, 2018 11:35 pm
QUINCY — The Herald-Whig’s long tradition of journalistic excellence has once again been recognized in the Illinois Press Association’s “Best of the Press” awards competition. The paper recently was awarded 21 prizes in the 2018 contest, including five first-place awards.
“These awards are a testament to the hard work, dedication, talent and integrity that our staff displays every day,” Herald-Whig Publisher Ron Wallace said. “The Herald-Whig has a rich history, and it is gratifying to see the work we do every day in the communities that we cover continuing that tradition and being recognized throughout our industry.”
The Illinois Press Association has more than 450 member papers, and it is one of the largest such organizations in the country. The annual competition has more than 30 categories and was judged this year by members of a similar organization in another state. The contest is highly competitive.
“It really shows the quality of product that we offer every day,” Wallace said. “And while our focus is on meeting the expectations of our readers and the communities that we serve, these awards do make us proud.”
In the editorial contest, The Herald-Whig took first and third places in the special sections category, with the fall issue of Farm and Field magazine taking first and the 2017 Heroes magazine taking third.
The Herald-Whig design staff earned third place in informational graphic and single page design. Page designer Ben Levin was recognized for his “Been There, Done That” informational graphic on an FYI Health page, and designer Cody Bozarth won for an FYI Weekend page titled “Act the fool.”
Bozarth also earned an honorable mention in the illustration category for “Relief for red eyes.”
The staff also won first place for newspaper design, a category that takes into account the paper’s layout, use of photos and more.
The Herald-Whig staff won second place in best web project for its coverage of the Curtis Lovelace trial, and Kelly Wilson and staff writer Matt Dutton earned an honorable mention in that category for “St. Mary Hospital memories.”
Sports Editor David Adam and Senior Writer Matt Schuckman took second place in sports news for their story, “Unforgettable,” about a QHS-QND football game, and Schuckman won third place for sports columns.
Schuckman also won an honorable mention in the sports feature category for his “Guardian Angel” column, and the sports staff won honorable mention for the sports section.
Mike Kipley won an honorable mention in the spot news photo category for a photo of the 2017 eclipse.
The Herald-Whig finished third in the state to the News-Gazette in Champaign and the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake in the overall sweepstakes category.
In the advertising contest, the staff swept the best annual special section category, winning first, second and third places for the 2017 Heroes magazine, Build special seciton and Quincy Chamber of Commerce Directory, respectively. The staff also won first place in the best community focus special section category for its 2017 Answer Book, and Jackie Steinkamp won first place for a half-page Poage Auto Plaza advertisement.
Christine Venvertloh took second place in full -page color ad for Shottenkirk Toyota in Healthy Living.
The classified staff won honorable mentions for the entire Classified section.
Earlier this year, The Herald-Whig earned two awards in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest. In that contest, The Herald-Whig won first place for best website, and Staff Writer Ashley Szatala won second place in the public service category for her coverage of the Hannibal Board of Public Works.