SPRINGFIELD — The Bureau County Republican was honored several times on Thursday and Friday at the annual Illinois Press Association Convention, held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Besides winning 25 individual awards between the two departments, the BCR also brought home the Harold and Eva White Memorial sweepstakes trophy, which means the newspaper was judged editorially as the best newspaper of its size in the state of Illinois.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to gauge how good a job you are doing as a newspaper,” said BCR Publisher Sam Fisher. “But when you’re judged as the best newspaper in the state when you compete against 50 other newspapers of your size, you’ve got to get a sense of worth. I’m proud of the editorial staff, and it just reinforces in my mind how committed they are as journalists.”
BCR Editor Terri Simon and BCR Sales Development Manager Pam Pratt-Marsh also commented on their staffs’ commitment to the newspaper and their readers.
“I am very proud of the editorial staff,” Simon said. “While I already know we have the best newsroom, it’s very nice when our newspaper peers who judged this contest also acknowledge it. This staff, without exception, is committed to producing a great newspaper, and these awards are a testament to how hard our folks work.”
“The advertising staff spends a great deal of time creating and developing products that will help our advertisers be successful,” Pratt-Marsh said. “It’s nice to see that others understand the commitments we make every day to help present our customers to our readers.”
Aside from the sweepstakes trophy for editorial excellence, the BCR’s Advertising and Editorial Departments collectively won 25 individual awards, placing in the Top 4 places in the state in each category. Those awards include:
Advertising: Best Classified Section; Best Community Focus Special Section; Best Full Page Ad; Best Niche Publication — two awards; and Best Rich Media Online Ad.
Best Advertising Designer: BCR Graphic Designer Todd Olin.
Writing: BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker (government beat reporting); BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt (business/economic reporting); and BCR Editor Terri Simon (feature writing).
Sports: BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus (headline writing, sports column and sports feature writing).
Sections: BCR Associate Editor Rita Roberts (lifestyle section) and Hieronymus (sports section).
Website: Roberts (best website and best web project).
Graphic/Design: BCR Design/Graphics Editor Greg Wallace (single page design, informational graphic and illustration — two awards).
Photography: BCR Correspondent Photographers Daniel Acker (general news photos) and Mike Vaughn (photo series).
The BCR’s Illinois Valley Living magazine also won three state awards for its editorial and advertising excellence.
Collectively, there were more than 3,100 entries submitted statewide in the editorial contest and approximately 1,100 in the advertising contest.
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