Two Daily News staffers won in three categories in the 2012 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest.
The annual contest recognizes achievement in newswriting, sportswriting, photography, informational graphics and digital presence among Associated Press member newspapers. The Daily News competes in Division I with other newspapers whose circulation is less than 15,000.
The awards were announced at the annual banquet at the Lexington Lansing Hotel on Sunday evening.
The Daily News won in the following categories:
• First place: Best Digital Presence: Elisabeth Waldon for her Twitter account @elisabethwaldon.
• Second place: Best Feature Picture: Cory Smith, “Six Montabella Graduates Triumph Over Tragedies” (the photograph captured a pair of 2012 Montabella High School graduates embracing as the were sharing sharing the unexpected loss of their fathers).
• Third place: Best Feature Story: Elisabeth Waldon, “Road to Recovery” (the story profiled the recovery process of Greenville’s Carrie Ross, who has overcome drug addiction, prison time and near-death experiences).
“Our mission every day is to tell the stories happening in and around Montcalm County and to keep our readership informed, not just after the fact in newsprint,” said Daily News Publisher Julie Stafford. “Our writers always try to go beyond simply recording the facts. We dig a little deeper and spend more time looking for details so that we can give you a better feel for the people and places and decisions we write about. And we work hard to use pictures to help tell our stories. Elisabeth and Cory both put their hearts and souls into their work and we’re proud that they’ve been recognized through these prestigious awards.
“We also pride ourselves on our up-to-the-minute news coverage via Facebook and Twitter,” Stafford said. “We know quite a few of our readers look to us through these avenues to let them know what’s going on and it’s nice that Elisabeth received this recognition for the time and effort she puts into her Twitter account.”