Daily News wins several Michigan Press Association awards


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:46 am on Monday, October 07, 2013

Elisabeth Waldon

Mike Taylor

Cory Smith

Bruce Bentley

GREENVILLE — The Daily News has received four Michigan Press Association (MPA) awards, along with two honorable mentions.

“It’s always nice to get recognized, especially when you consider Class D newspapers have more members and contest entries than the A,B and C newspapers combined,” said Daily News Managing Editor Darrin Clark. “Many of the newspapers in our class are twice our size so I think this shows we have a staff that’s doing a lot of good work.”

Sports Editor Bruce Bentley and Staff Writer Cory Smith took first place in the innovative storytelling category for their combined effort about Greenville High School’s Legacy Field. Their storytelling package included two stories (news and sports), a series of photos and a four and a half minute “Battle for Legacy Field” video.

Judges said, “Great job creating a complete package in which elements complement each other rather than repeat each other. Nice job taking a news angle and sports angle. Nice game story. Video was awesome. Great job with voice over, graphics, etc. Wow … nice video clip of the team coming at the camera. Great time lapse element.”

Smith also received an honorable mention in the best multimedia presentation category for his “Battle for Legacy Field” video, as well as an honorable mention in the feature photography category for a photograph he took at Belding High School’s graduation.

Features Writer Mike Taylor took first place for his weekly column, “Reality Check.” Judges called Taylor’s writing “funny, poignant and clever.”

News Editor Elisabeth Waldon took third place for editorial writing for three editorials written on behalf of the editorial board, including “Rumors and Technology Don’t Mix,” “Tri County Holds Principal Accountable” and “Children Not A Good Excuse For Robbery.” Judges said, “Clear writing with point definitively made. Nice job throughout all three pieces.”

The Daily News also took third place for best website. Judges said, “Love the huge slideshow selling out the home page.”

“I am so proud of the work these talented writers do every day and am especially proud that they have been honored with these significant awards, which stack them up against newspapers from around the state,” Daily News Publisher Julie Stafford said. “We don’t just throw words on paper to report the news. Cory, Mike, Elisabeth and Bruce have shown through their work that storytelling in our paper and on our website is a craft.

“Getting this recognition for our website overall and our video on Legacy Field specifically shows that we may be a small staff, but we have a lot of talent and creativity and we are providing news in a variety of ways for all to enjoy.”

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