Daily News staffers win AP awards in three categories

February 27, 2019

The Ludington Daily News earned three awards in the 2018 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors’ (APME) newspaper contest, with entries from current and former staffers placing in the top three in their respective categories.

The Associated Press announced the finalists Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s wonderful whenever we receive honors such as these for the work we do,” said Daily News Managing Editor David Bossick. “We have an incredibly talented group of journalists who deliver day in and day out.”

Steve Begnoche, former managing editor, is a finalist in the Best Feature Writing category for his stories “David Cooper Claire: A journey,” “Growing into a role: Greg Kjolhede as a Yooper,” “A cut above: Posma preps for final commission meeting” and his feature obituary for former Daily News Publisher Phil Jackson, “Cartoonist dawn home: Phil Jackson, 96, remembered.”

Assistant Managing Editor Jeff Kiessel secured a top-three placing in the Best Feature Photo category “Young Guns,” a photo taken at West Shore Bank’s 2018 Rhythm & Dunes Concert.

Kevin Braciszeski, who retired in April, and Andy Hamilton, earned a Best Public Service award for their coverage of the lawsuit filed against Pere Marquette Charter Township by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Advocates for the placement of the Pere Marquette Cross at Buttersville Peninsula.

Begnoche, Braciszeski, Kiessel and Hamilton are all guaranteed first-, second- or third-place awards.

Bossick said the recognition is appreciated, but stressed that it would not be possible without the readers and subscribers who engage with and support local news outlets.

“We could not achieve anything without those who continue to read and support the newspaper with ideas for stories, photos and coverage,” he said.

Placement will be announced at the Michigan APME annual awards banquet April 28 in Lansing, at which time the General Excellence, Rising Star and First Amendment award-winners will also be announced.

Twenty-eight daily newspapers submitted 908 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2018, according to the AP.


BEST FEATURE WRITING: Steve Begnoche, Ludington Daily News; Susan Bromley, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “From Brighton to Bethel, Alaska: Dog Mushing Life”; Susan Bromley, Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, “WWII Vet Granted Parade Wish, Will Raise a Toast.”

BEST FEATURE PHOTO: Jeff Kiessel, Ludington Daily News, “Young Guns”; Katy Kildee, Midland Daily News, “Before the Auction”; Katy Kildee, Midland Daily News, “Pete’s Return.”

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE: Jake Allen and Audra Gamble, The Holland Sentinel, “Cost of Care: Community Mental Health and Funding in Holland”; Kevin Braciszeski and Andy Hamilton, Ludington Daily News, “Pere Marquette Cross”; The Holland Sentinel, “Examining Homelessness in Holland Area.”