SPRINGFIELD — The Bureau County Republican brought home several advertising and editorial awards from the annual Illinois Press Association convention, held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. More than 100 daily and non-daily Illinois newspapers competed in the editorial contest, and more than 70 daily and non-daily Illinois newspapers competed in the advertising contest. Since the BCR publishes three times a week, it competes in the non-daily categories.
Each newspaper has the ability to enter items that were published in 2013, including writing, photography, advertisements and classified ads. The different categories are judged with other newspapers of similar sizes. The BCR placed in all of those categories.
“It’s always so impressive to see how well the BCR does when it competes against our peers from throughout the state,” said BCR Editor Terri Simon. “While I already know we employ a group of winners here at the BCR, it is nice when our work is appreciated by other members of the media. There’s some validation there, and I’m continually impressed with how well our work stacks up against other newspapers.”
The BCR Advertising Department brought home awards in the following categories: Second places in Best Ongoing Special Section and Best Niche Publication: third places in Best Spot Color Ad, Best Newspaper-Designed Insert, Best Classified Ad; and honorable mentions in Best Classified Section and Best Ad Less Than a Full Page.
The BCR Editorial Department brought home the following awards: First place: Feature Photo — Mike Vaughn, and Sports Section — Kevin Hieronymus. Second place: Sports Column — Hieronymus, Spot News Photo — Terri Simon, Feature Photo — Becky Kramer, Personality Portrait — Vaughn, Most Innovative Project — BCR staff. Third place: Lifestyle Section — Rita Roberts/Sarah Maxwell, Headline Writing — Hieronymus, Newspaper Design — BCR staff, Personality Portrait — Daniel Acker. Honorable Mention: Enterprise/Feature Writing — Goldie Currie, Sports Photo — Vaughn, Best Web Project — Roberts.
Overall, the BCR won second place for the top newspaper in its circulation division in the entire state of Illinois. The Galena Gazette won the top honor. Third place went to the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.