Daily News staff pick up Associated Press honors


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 11:04 am on Friday, April 13, 2012

Kelli Ameling

A first-place award for a series about small local businesses and entrepreneurship highlights several honors The Daily News received this week when the 2011 Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association contest results were announced.

Daily News staffers were honored in four of the 18 contest categories, which encompass news and sports writing and photography, informational graphics and online blogs. The Daily News, with a circulation of approximately 7,000, is a Division I newspaper, which means it is measured against daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000.

“Although awards are subjective, it’s gratifying to see your work recognized,” Managing Editor Darrin Clark said. “For some of the staff it’s the first time they’ve won an award so it makes for a fun day in the newsroom.”

Cory Smith

Awards went to the following entries:
• Sustained Coverage of A Single News Event: “Small Businesses are Major Assets” by Kelli Ameling, Ryan Jeltema, Robin Miller, Cory Smith and Elisabeth Waldon, first place.
• News Column: “Imagine This …” by Maureen Burns, second place.
• Editorial: “Snow Cones: What Will They Think of Next?” by Ryan Jeltema, first place.
• Digital Presence: “@elisabethwaldon” Elisabeth Waldon’s Twitter, third place.

“Small Businesses Are Major Assets” was a series of five stories that appeared in The Daily News during the last week of 2011. The series was developed by Jeltema, the former news editor and now managing producer for The Muskegon Chronicle. Ameling, Jeltema, Miller, Smith and Waldon each wrote a story for the series.

“Snow Cones: What Will They Think of Next?” was written after Daily News editorial board discussions following Waldon’s Dec. 3, 2011, story about Montcalm County receiving a snow cone machine courtesy of Homeland Security funds. The story “went viral” after appearing on drudgereport.com, Fox News, The Colbert Report and many more national and local outlets.

Elisabeth Waldon

A previous award winner for column writing, Burns’ “Imagine This …” was published in September about the personal stories of autism spectrum disorder and asperger syndrome.

If you follow Waldon’s Twitter handle (@elisabethwaldon), you’re probably used to knowing what’s going on in Montcalm County as it happens. Hers was one of two Twitter accounts recognized among the state’s journalists in all divisions.

 

Complete Awards List
DIVISION I: Newspapers with a daily circulation of up to 15,000
Sustained Coverage of A Single News Event: 1, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Small Businesses are Major Assets,” Kelli Ameling, Ryan Jeltema, Robin Miller, Cory Smith and Elisabeth Waldon; 2, Huron Daily Tribune, “Newborn Found Dead in Attic,” Stacy Langley-Hagen and Kate Hessling; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Pot Dispensary Raid,” Lisa Roose-Church, Christopher Behnan, Jim Totten and Jason Carmel Davis.
Sustained Coverage of a Single Sports Event: 1, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Queen of the Field,” Tim Robinson and Frank Konkel; 2, Ludington Daily News, “In 1920, David Claire Had His Shot with Tigers,” Lloyd Wallace; 3, Petoskey News-Review, “100th Michigan Amateur,” Andy Sneddon and Steve Foley.
Breaking News: 1, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Plane Hits Home, Killing Two Men,” Christopher Behnan; 2, The (Adrian) Daily Telegram, “Walker Sentenced,” Dennis Pelham; 3, The (Owosso) Argus-Press,  “Prisoner’s Escape Attempt Causes I-69 Crash,” Curtis Wildfong.
Features: 1, Ludington Daily News, “One Month Left,” Kevin Braciszeski; 2, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Exit the Dragon,” Christopher Nagy; 3, Petoskey News-Review, “A Garden Grows,” Sheri McWhirter.
Enterprise Reporting: 1, Ludington Daily News, “9/11 We Remember;” 2, Huron Daily Tribune, “Traffic Fines and Fees:  Where Does Your Money Go?” Traci Weisenbach and Kate Hessling; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Lives Changed and Lives Remembered on 10th Anniversary of Attacks,” Lisa Roose-Church, Jason Carmel Davis, Christopher Behnan and Jim Totten.
Investigative Reporting: 1, Petoskey News-Review, “Court Filings Point to Code of Conduct Policy Being Drafted,” Sheri McWhirter; 2, Huron Daily Tribune, “Damrow Released Early,” Stacy Langley-Hagen and Kate Hessling; 3, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Poverty,” Renee Prusi.
Sports: 1, Grand Haven Tribune, “GH Girls Win for ‘Psycho’ Dave,” Matt DeYoung; 2, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Glads 1-2 at 215 Pounds,” Mark Csapo.; 3, Escanaba Daily Press, “On and On and On and On: It is Eight Overtimes for Gladstone & Westwood,” Dennis Grall.
News Column: 1, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Pot Dispensaries Weren’t What Voters Wanted,” Rick Mills; 2, The (Greenville) Daily News, , “Imagine This” Maureen Burns; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Visions of Dad Span Generations,” Rich Perlberg.
Public Service: 1, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Organ Donation,” Renee Prusi; 2, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “12 Days of Cookies,” Lisa Yanick Jonaitis and Mindy Norton; 3, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Healthy Weight Journal,” Johanna Boyle.
Editorial: 1, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Snow Cones: What Will They Think of Next?” Ryan Jeltema;
2, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Questions Linger Months After Dispensary Raid,” Mike Malott; 3, Ludington Daily News, “Is Heat in January a Luxury in Michigan?” Steve Begnoche.
Sports Enterprise: 1, Petoskey News-Review, “Remarkable Vision,” Andy Sneddon; 2, Ironwood Daily Globe, “How Fontecchio Became a World Series Umpire,” Jason Juno; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Queen of the Field,” Tim Robinson.
Sports Column: 1, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Critical Parents Cross Line,” Tim Robinson; 2, Petoskey News-Review, “Great Eight,” Andy Sneddon; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Doing the Right Thing is its Own Reward,” Brian Beaupied.
Digital Presence: 1, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “TheMorningSun.com,” Mark Ranzenberger and Staff; 2, The (Iron Mountain) Daily News, “CU.ironmountaindailynews.com,” Theresa Peterson; 3, The (Greenville) Daily News, “@elisabethwaldon,” Elisabeth Waldon.
Informational Graphics or Illustrations: 1, Petoskey News-Review, “Don’t Forget to Look Up,” Renee Tanner; 2, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Livingston County Light Tour,” Shari Wice; 3, Petoskey News-Review, “Bear River Map,” Renee Tanner.
News Pictures: 1, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Standoff Ends,” Alan Ward; 2, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Car vs. Bus,” Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis; 3, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Adoption Day,” Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis.
Feature Pictures: 1, Ludington Daily News, “Gull Chasing,” Jeff Kiessel; 2, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Paintball Pain,” Alan Ward; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus , “Hot Comedy,” Alan Ward.
Sports Pictures: 1, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Little League Jump,” Danielle Pemble; 2, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Olympic Boxer,” Danielle Pemble; 3, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “Brawl for the Ball,” Gillis Benedict.
Picture Stories: 1, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Parker’s Battle,” Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis; 2, Ludington Daily News, “Missing,” Jeff Kiessel; 3, The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Obama Visits Marquette,” Danielle Pemble.
Photo Sweepstakes: Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Parker’s Battle,” Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis.
News Sweepstakes: The (Marquette) Mining Journal, “Organ Donation,” Renee Prusi.
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