Daily News wins several Michigan Press Association awards

February 2, 2019

The Ludington Daily News had a winning night Thursday at the Michigan Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Competition in Lansing.

The Daily News won a total of 10 awards with four honorable mentions in the Class C category, encompassing newspapers with daily circulation numbers from 5,001 to 11,000.

The editorial and graphics department collectively took first place in the special section category for its 10-part commemorative 150th anniversary edition, which ran in October 2017.

“I’m really glad that it was recognized as a top-class special section,” said Ray McGrew, Daily News publisher. “The staff here went well above and beyond to put together a special section to showcase our 150th anniversary and I’m very proud of everyone on that.”

In the comments, MPA judges commended the collaborative work of the staff members on the sesquicentennial section.

“The scope of this project, chronicling the first 150 years of the life of the Ludington Daily News, could have been daunting for any news staff,” the judges stated. “For this group, it appeared to be effortless and a labor of love.”

The graphics staff was praised for its design, melding both classic and contemporary elements to develop a unique look for the expansive section.

“What a great design … It is both historical and modern, really communicating the life of this newspaper and its communities beautifully. This series is a tribute to the talent and skill of all who worked on it. It is a service to the entire region as well, gathering its history that could otherwise have been lost: the very definition of any newspaper’s mission.

“(I) could not imagine any way to improve this anniversary series; excellent, excellent work.”

Three Daily News staffers also won first-place awards, including Assistant Managing Editor Jeff Kiessel, who received the top spot out of 17 entries in the Feature Photo category for his April 21, 2018 image of a father playfully tossing his daughter in the air in celebration of the arrival of the spring.

“My first reaction upon seeing this images was, ‘What the -??’ But that’s what makes it so successful: it’s not every day that you see a kid flying through the air, and the triangular composition — happy accident or not — brings it all together,” judges remarked about the image. “Well done!”

The graphic design and advertising departments also had a strong year, with several awards and first-place wins from graphic designers Judy Lytle and Julie Eilers.

Read the full story in Saturday’s print or e-Edition of the Ludington Daily News.

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