2018-06-28 / Front Page

Enterprise considered for top paper

The Leelanau Enterprise has been placed among the best newspapers in the nation.

For the first time, the Enterprise is a finalist in the Better Newspaper contest sponsored by the National Newspaper Association.

The Enterprise was among 20 newspapers in America competing in five categories that have been named finalists in the NNA’s “General Excellence” portion of the contest.

A winner from each category will be named at the NNA’s 132nd Convention and Trade Show, set for Sept. 29 in Norfolk, Va.

“Certainly it’s an honor - and a surprise,” said co-publisher Alan Campbell, who owns the Enterprise with his wife, Debra. “Although we’ve won many awards in the contest, we’ve not made it that far before in the general excellence running. I have no idea whether or not we’ll win.”

The Enterprise in May was named the Michigan Press Association Newspaper of the Year for its circulation category.

In the NNA contest, the Enterprise competed with other weekly newspapers in America with circulations between 6,000 and 9,999.

The honor says something about the dedication of the crew at the Enterprise and the type of community it serves.

“I can’t think of a better place to work serving the public, mainly because people who live, visit and work here love Leelanau. We try to put that stamp of pride in place in everything we publish,” Campbell said.

Along with the General Excellence mention - which was based on an evaluation of whole copies of the newspaper - Enterprise staff members earned several individual awards. Among them in advertising were three entries in the category of Special Sections and Promotions. The Enterprise competed against daily and non-daily newspapers with circulations of less than 10,000:

 Second place, Leelanau Color Tour;

 Third place, Leelanau Gift Guide

 Honorable mention, Leelanau Visitors Guide

Among entries in the editorial division, winners were:

 First place

- Best sports column, Lady Lakers shine, Jay Bushen;

 Second Place

- Best Business Story, Fall reinforcements, Eric Carlson;

 Third Place

-Best Breaking News Story, Centennial farm owners helpless, Alan Campbell

 Honorable Mention

- Best Headline Writing, staff.

- Best Agricultural Story, Imports flood juice markets, Campbell

- Best Feature Photo, Hawk Eyes, Ken Scott

- Best Sports Photo, Breslin Bound, Bushen.

More than 1,600 entries were received for editorial and advertising portions of the NNA contest. Some 115 newspapers received awards in one or more category.

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