2017-02-02 / Front Page

Leelanau Enterprise claims 6 first places


COVERAGE BY the Enterprise staff in the aftermath of the wind shear storm took first place in the state Better Newspaper Contest. COVERAGE BY the Enterprise staff in the aftermath of the wind shear storm took first place in the state Better Newspaper Contest. The Leelanau Enterprise, which won Michigan Newspaper of the Year designations in 2009 and 2012, came oh-so-close to reclaiming the honor in 2016.

Instead, the Enterprise finished runner-up in its circulation class to the Tri-County Times, a newspaper based in Fenton. The Enterprise scored 930 points, the Tri-County 950 points.

“I’m getting over it, but we had a fantastic body of work to present and I know our entire newspaper staff deserves to be recognized,” said Enterprise co-publisher Alan Campbell. “That said, it’s still a heck of a honor.”

The Enterprise garnered six first place awards in the contest, including team efforts to claim the best entries in two categories important to Campbell.

“That our editorial staff contributed for first places in the Spot News and News Enterprise Reporting categories says so much about who we are. We submitted entries for our coverage of the shear wind storm and for a series called ‘Leelanau Unplugged’ about how the digital world has taken hold of people’s lives. I think the stories left impacts with readers,” Campbell said.


ENTERPRISE STAFFERS Jason Bushen and Eric Carlson took first and second, respectively, in the news photo category. Carlson’s photo is shown above. ENTERPRISE STAFFERS Jason Bushen and Eric Carlson took first and second, respectively, in the news photo category. Carlson’s photo is shown above. In fact, the Enterprise beat itself out for first in the News Enterprise Reporting category as a series on the “Art of Teaching” placed second.

The Enterprise was bumped from the weekly Class C to Class B category for the 2015 contest, and now competes with other weeklies with circulation.

The Enterprise was bumped from the weekly Class C to Class B category for the 2015 contest, and now competes with other weeklies with circulations between 7,001 and 15,000.

Following are the list of recognized entries from the Enterprise in the Better Newspaper Contest.

First Places

 Best Column, to Patti Brandt for “On bathrooms, use the one you’re dressed for.” The column delved into a controversial order by the federal Department of Education on the use of bathrooms in public schools by transgender students.

 Feature Photo, to Jason Bushen for “Manitou horizon.” Judges commented, “Best of all the sunset photos, Nice moment.”

 News Enterprise Reporting, to Amy Hubbell, Eric Carlson, Brandt and Bushen for “Leelanau Unplugged.” Wrote judges, “This set of well-written articles did a nice job exploring the theme and holding the reader’s self interest ... graphics, headline and sub heads really helped engage the reader. Fine journalistic work.”

 Sports Feature to Campbell for “Special hunt for a special man” that chronicles a resident’s fight against the debilitating effect of cancer. Judges commented, “Great story of perseverance ... powerful, yet lighthearted in a way.”

 Sports Writing to Bushen for “Mission accomplished” about Leland volleyball team’s run to a state title. Judges said, “A lead that allowed the reader to see the final play combined with good use of compelling quotes lifted this entry to the top.”

 Spot News Story to Brandt, Carlson, Hubbell, Bushen, Campbell and former summer intern Al Willman, who now writes for the Detroit News, for “Shear Devastation.” Said judges, “What a great team effort to tell a variety of stories about havoc caused by a severe storm and while experiencing a power outage that could have prevented the newspaper from being printed.”

Second Places

 News Enterprise Reporting to Hubbell, Brandt and Bushen for the “Art of Teaching. Wrote judges: “The variety of articles made this submission stand out. Some nice writing on these stories as well.”

 News Photo to Carlson for Too Late, a shot showing firefighters battling a house fire in Suttons Bay Township.

 Special Section to Brandt, Hubbell, Carlson and Bushen for “Memorial Day 2016.” Judges: “What’s important to your readers? How can it best be presented? The staffers answered those questions with flying colors.”

Third place

 Best Editorial to Campbell for, “The State Open meeting act and independent thought.” Wrote judges: “Always love it when newspapers remind, particularly publicly, elected officials of the need to follow the Open Meetings Act and conduct all required business in public.”

 Feature Photo to Bushen for, “Let’s Dance,” a picture taken at an end-of-summer concert held at the Old Art Building in Leland. Judges: “Nice, impromptu moment.”

 Special Section to Hubbell, Brandt, Carlson and Bushen for a Diversions section entitled “Leelanau People.” Judges: “Very interesting and well-written.”

Advertising

On the advertising side of the contest, the Enterprise claimed a first place in the General Retail category for an advertisement for Enterprise Printing. Enterprise co-publisher Deb Campbell submitted the entry. It also landed an honorable mention in Real Estate for advertising director Phil Morman.

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