Downstate and mid-state papers cleaned up in the Illinois Newspaper Association’s 2018 best newspaper contest this year, with the exception of a few Northern Illinois perennial powerhouses.
The Kane County Chronicle claimed the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy, IPA’s top award in the large, non-daily newspaper category, and the Galena Gazette took the Harold and Eva White Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best medium-sized non-daily newspaper.
Other sweepstakes winners were newspapers based in Peoria, Champaign, Galesburg and Paxton.
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Illinois’ top newspapers were honored June 8 at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention in Bloomington-Normal.
More than 100 daily and non-daily newspapers competed in 36 editorial categories.
Who Were Big Winners?
The Sweepstakes Trophies are awarded to newspapers earning the most points in six different circulation divisions.
Points are awarded for first place through honorable mention in most contest categories including general excellence, photography, newswriting, opinion writing, design, community service and editorial page.
The Journal-Star in Peoria
The Journal Star in Peoria won the Stuart R. Paddock Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy for large dailies. Coverage of the Caterpillar headquarters leaving Peoria contributed to the newspaper’s victory.
The News-Gazette in Champaign
In the medium-sized daily newspaper category, The News-Gazette in Champaign took top honors. They were awarded the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy.
The Register-Mail in Galesburg
In the small daily newspaper category, The Register-Mail in Galesburg claimed top honors. The newspaper was awarded the Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence.
Kane County Chronicle in St. Charles
In the large, non-daily newspaper category, the Kane County Chronicle in St. Charles claimed the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy.
The Galena Gazette in Galena
The Harold and Eva White Memorial Trophy is awarded to a medium-sized non-daily newspaper. Winner this year was The Galena Gazette.
Ford County Record in Paxton
The Ford County Record in Paxton claimed ownership of the David B. Kramer Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the best small, non-daily newspaper in Illinois.
The Missouri Press Association and Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association judged the more than 2,500 editorial entries.
The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents approximately 450 daily and weekly newspapers.
Tons of Great Stuff
There was a ton of great work represented in the 2018 IPA winners.
Just to name a few, Northern Illinois-based newspapers taking first place in the General Excellence category included the Daily Herald and the Suburban Life.
The Sun-Times won the Community Service category for a “Watchdog Special Report” headlined “Blood Money.” The Daily Chronicle took first in its division for a Community Service entry about helping minorities find health care.
The Rockford Register Star’s Wally Haas took first place for Editorial Page.
In the Most Innovative Project category, first place in the big-dailies category went to the Sun-Times’ Stephano Esposito for a look at the Illinois Bicentennial titled “Illlinois 200.”
The Most Innovative Project in Division B went to Hillary Dickerson and Carter Newton for stories of immigration.
SOURCE: Illinois Press Association news release, website