This week, the high school studentathletes will have to step aside for a moment as we toot our own horn. October 3 marked the start of National Newspaper Week, which celebrates the role and importance of the printed word in newspapers across the nation.
It’s also the day the envelopes are officially opened in the annual Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest which the View Newspaper Group enters each year.
The sports department, which is in charge of nine weekly newspapers in Lapeer and Genesee County, rocked this year’s awards, with our overall newspaper group picking up 38 awards in news and sports writing, design, photography, and advertising.
Today, we proudly stand atop the podium with our first through third place awards firmly in hand. We’re extremely proud of our wins this year, especially considering our growing territory and number of schools that we cover, that has ballooned to 22 over the last year.
Our peers in Minnesota judged the Michigan competition that includes 3,341 entries from 126 newspapers in the state. We take great pride in our sports coverage of every varsity sport, along with our youth and recreational teams. That pride was acknowledged as we picked up numerous awards this time around.
First place honors went to myself for Sports Column, which readers can enjoy each week under my Sports View banner in the VIEW papers. The judges noted: “Loved her honesty. She holds nothing back. Especially enjoyed No disrespect
and In This Corner.”
Second place honors went to our very own Fat Guy, aka Jeff Day, for his Fat Guy’s Column. While no judges comments were included, JD is a repeat winner in this category. Judges over the past couple years commented on his unique flavor of straight up local and national sports coverage. To quote JD, “Stick a fork in me, I’m done.”
The VIEW Newspapers won a second place for its Davison INDEX
overall sports coverage. Judges liked the variety of sports covered and photos. I’m especially pleased, for my staff as a whole, for our second place win in the Special Section category for our Inside the 20 football section that appears in our Lapeer County Press
each Sunday during the fall football season. This was a new section we created last year and it is produced under a pretty tight deadline late Friday nights. Judges said of the piece: “Wow! These kinds of special sections are so hard to pull together on a tight deadline. This was done very well — hard to believe you have such a
small staff. Great layout, outstanding photos and strong writing.” Kudos went out to myself, sports writers Michael Selecky, Erik Hohenthaner and Dave Fredrick for last fall’s inaugural section. Dave Fredrick has moved on to become our editor at our Huron County
and Sports Editor for that publication as well.
Picking up third place awards, our Lapeer County Press
won for overall sports coverage. Judges commented: “good, clear and attractive layouts, strong photos and good writing make these pages shine. Good variety of stories.”
Michael Selecky won a third place for his Sports Columns that appear in the Lapeer County Press
and Kevin Gregory won a third place and honorable mention for sports photography.
Our final award was an honorable mention that I won for my Fish On! sports feature on the annual Free Fishing Weekend that ran on our Outdoor pages in the VIEWs.
Along with our local Lapeer Area
and Lapeer County Press
publications, the View Newspaper Group also includes our Brown City Banner, Burton
View, Davison INDEX, Flint Township
View, Grand Blanc View, Home Seekers,
Huron County Press, Jeffersonian
(southeast Sanilac County), Sanilac County
Buyers Guide, Sanilac County News,
Swartz Creek View
and the Tri-County
In a very trying economic time, we at the View Newspaper Group are proud of our accomplishments, and especially honored that our body of work earned such great merit. What we do week-in and week-out is not for the faint of heart with crazy hours, a hectic schedule that at times seems unmanageable, and late nights that are just not suited to everyone. We love following the local high school sports scene and that passion shows in our success, not just this year, but in every year we have entered the MPA competition, placing in the top three in numerous categories.
Thanks for indulging us this week as we celebrate our high honors!