2018-05-17 / Front Page

Newspaper of Year shares 1st with county

Third time in 8 years


CO-PUBLISHER ALAN Campbell is shown shortly after accepting the Michigan Newspaper of the Year plaque. CO-PUBLISHER ALAN Campbell is shown shortly after accepting the Michigan Newspaper of the Year plaque. The Leelanau Enterprise is back on top of its profession.

The Enterprise was the big winner in the Better Newspaper Contest for the state, garnering more points than any other newspaper in Michigan.

The Enterprise was named Newspaper of the Year in its category for the third time in the past eight years.

“I was really happy,” said veteran staff writer Amy Hubbell, who learned about the award shortly after it was announced Thursday evening at the Michigan Press Association conference in East Lansing. “We don’t write to win awards. But it’s nice to be recognized for all we do for the community. We live for the community.”

Hubbell joined other staffers in being recognized in several categories for their work. The Enterprise competed in the Class B division of weekly newspapers whose circulations are between 7,0001 and 15,000. It’s one of the smaller papers in the division with a circulation of about 8,000, which includes subscribers and single copy sales.

The Enterprise dominated its division with 1,640 points. Four of the eight winning newspapers had less than 1,000 points.

Some 29 entries from the Enterprise placed in the contest, including nine that took first place in their categories. Another 5 placed second, 8 were third and 7 earned honorable mention honors.

“It was a group effort. It’s everybody here, my coworkers, the people in composition, the people who sell ads, the front office and the print guys right on through to the stuffers,” Hubbell said. “We all come together on Wednesday morning and pray to get it done on time.”

One of Hubbell’s first place awards shines as an example. In the category of “best page or best pages design,” a section Two cover named “Queen of the Cooks” took first. Hubbell wrote the story and worked with Composition Department director Mike Anderson and former sports editor Jay Bushen to tell the story of Suttons Bay Township resident Mary Forton’s penchant for turning her recipes into delicious meals.

Wrote the judges, who were members of the Missouri Press Association, “This is a fun presentation. Using the recipe cards for facts about the subject offered a great touch. Just fantastic. Great dominant image. Nice touch of starting article on the apron. Outstanding!”

Other first place awards were received in the categories of:

 Sports columnist, Bushen, for “Lady Lakers shine bright without a star.”

 Business/agriculture news, Enterprise co-publisher Alan Campbell, for “Imports flood fruit market.”

 Feature Story, staff writer Eric Carlson, for “They never found his helmet.”

 Government/education news, Carlson again, for “Security tight for recount.”

 Special Section, Memorial Day 2017 issue, with contributions from all of the Enterprise staff.

 Sports photo, Bushen, for “taking charge.”

 Sports writing, Bushen, for “Lakers run past Pine River, head to Ford Field.”

 Best Editorial, Campbell, for “How we decide what needs to be covered.”

Enterprise co-publisher Debra Campbell, whose advertisement for an outdoor service placed second among weekly and daily newspapers in the “Home Services” category among 26 entries, said winning the contest was important to staff members who put so much effort into their work.

“It’s a big deal to all of us. Alan and I couldn’t be prouder, although the credit really goes to the support we’ve received from the people who live here and care so much for Leelanau County. It’s a great place to live, and it’s a great place to have a newspaper.”

Newspaper of the year winners included dailies the Grand Rapids Press in Class A, Traverse City Record-Eagle in Class B, Petoskey News-Review in Class C and Greenville Daily News in Class D; and weeklies Bridge Magazine (Class A), Gaylord herald Times (Class C) and State Line Observor (Class D).

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