2017-06-29 / Local News

Enterprise claims 9 awards in national newspaper contest

STAFF MEMBERS Amy Hubbell, Jason Bushen and Patti Brandt Burgess contributed to the award-winning series, “The Art of Teaching.”STAFF MEMBERS Amy Hubbell, Jason Bushen and Patti Brandt Burgess contributed to the award-winning series, “The Art of Teaching.”
The Leelanau Enterprise brought home nine awards in the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest held by the National Newspaper Association.

Co-publishers Alan and Debra Campbell gave full credit to the Enterprise staff. While they weren’t sure, the number of award-winning entries may be a record for the newspaper.

“We’ve had a lot of success in past contests, and you can’t do that without having people who care deeply not only about the newspaper but also about their county,” Debra Campbell said. “Getting a paper out every week on time and full of local coverage takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”

It helps that the Leelanau community cares about what goes on in the county, added Alan Campbell.

“You could not ask for a better place to practice journalism. County residents are so involved in their communities. That means they are craving to know more about local news, and that’s where we fit in,” Campbell said.

The Enterprise captured two first place awards, including one for a staff effort in covering local schools, as well as two third place awards and five honorable mentions.

The award-winning entries were:

 First place for Best Education/ Literacy Story, non-daily division with a circulation of 6,000 or more. The four-week series was called, “The Art of Teaching.”

Credit staff writers Amy Hubbell, Jay Bushen and Patti Brandt Burgess for the journalistic work.

Wrote judges, “A deep look at the local school system, telling readers how teacher ratings work, what inspires educators, the challenges in the system and some how-to tips, like requesting a specific teacher rating. Thoroughly researched and well presented in an effort that required significant resources. Well done.”

 First place for Best Breaking News Story, non-daily division with a circulation of 6,000 to 11,999. The story, written by Burgess, was named “Fire razes home during cherry harvest.”

Said judges, “Great details from the victims that added interest.”

 Third place for Best Serious Column, non-daily and daily newspapers with circulations of 6,000 to 11,999. The column, written by Campbell, was titled, “Old tractor helps tell the story of Jim Flohe.”

 Third place for Best Business Story, non-daily division with a circulation of 6,000 or more. The story, written by Campbell, was titled, “Home sales smash records.”

 Honorable mention, Best Family Living Section among all newspapers. The entry consisted of Diversions sections published on June 23 and July 21, 2016. All staff members contributed to the coverage.

 Honorable mention, Best Serious Column. The column was also written by Campbell and titled, “Acing one of life’s most difficult tests.”

 Honorable mention, Best Headline Writing among all daily and non-daily newspapers. Enterprise headlines are written by Campbell and Bushen.

 Honorable mention, Best Editorial, daily and non-daily division with circulations of 6,000 to 9,999. The editorial was written by Campbell and titled, “Northport should hire outside family.”

 Honorable mention, Best Breaking News Story. Coverage was written by Burgess and titled, “Doors locked in Empire.”

Some 1,433 entries were received in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 221 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,654 entries. A total of 475 awards were won by 117 member newspapers in 33 states.

The Enterprise did not submit entries for the advertising portion of the contest.

Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers, as well as retired university journalism professors and retired or former newspaper professionals.

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association represents the voice of America’s community newspapers.

The Campbells purchased the Enterprise in 1997 from former publisher R.C. Kerr.

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