View Newspapers score several MPA awards for 2018 season

GENESEE COUNTY — After receiving more than 3,000 entries for the 2018 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, the winners have been announced, and View Newspaper Group has once again brought home a number of awards in the annual competition. The MPA Better Newspaper Contest provides an opportunity for newspaper staffs across Michigan to reflect on the wealth of work over the past year, and to submit what they believe to be their finest work in a host of categories that represent the total scope of newspaper production.

View Newspaper Group, which serves residents in Genesee and Lapeer Counties, as well as throughout the Thumb Region, is proud to announce that the company won a total of 11 awards and several honorable mentions, ranging from column and sports writing to page design, photography and sports to advertising design honors.

The Grand Blanc View brought home a number of the awards, with Editor Gary Gould bringing home third place for his New Lease on Life column. Judges said of the column, “…This series serves as a cautionary tale, a feel-good success story and a call to donate organs.”

Among the awards won by View Newspaper Group were:

Special Section

First Place – The County Press – Remembering Vietnam – Jeff Hogan, Liz LaFave,

Joyce Bonesteel, Adam Fitzgerald

Third Place – Huron County View – 19th Annual Cheeseburger in Caseville – Jen Johnson

Best Columnist

Third Place – Grand Blanc View – A new lease on life – Gary Gould

Best Page or Pages Design

First Place – Lapeer Area View – Lifestyle – The Sweetest Day of the Year – Carol Correa

First Place – The County Press – Valentine’s Day Rituals – Ruby Stark

Second Place – The County Press – Ice Cream Sundae Day – Marina Leonard

Best Sports Column

Honorable Mention – The County Press – New norm raises my hackles – Lisa Paine

Photo Story

Honorable Mention – The County Press – Learn to Play Hockey – Lisa Paine

Sports Photo

First Place – Huron County View – Ubly Coach – Ben Muir

Second Place – Huron County View – North Huron Emily Maurer – Mike Wilson

Third Place – Huron County View – Laker 2nd baseman Brennan Wissner – Mike Wilson

Sports Writing

Honorable Mention – The County Press – NRC shoots down hunter pink – Lisa Paine

Best Digital Ad

Second Place – Lapeer Area View – Lapeer Days – Ruby Stark

New & Used Vehicles

Third Place – Lapeer Area View – Friendly’s Pot of Gold – Nancy Mitchell

Publisher Wes Smith commented of the MPA awards, “We truly appreciate the recognition from our peers in the newspaper business. We are very proud of our reporters, graphic artists, page designers, advertising sales people and editors along with all of our support staff and managers. Their teamwork, creativity and dedication are what allows us to produce so many high-caliber newspapers week after week.”

In addition to The County Press and Lapeer Area View in Lapeer County, View Newspapers also publishes newspapers in Genesee, Huron, Saginaw and Sanilac counties. Our family of newspapers include the: Burton View, Buyers Guide (Sanilac County), Brown City Banner, Davison Index, Flint Twp. View, Grand Blanc View, Huron County View, Jeffersonian (Lexington- Port Sanilac), Sanilac County News, Township View (Saginaw Twp., Thomas Twp.), Swartz Creek View, Tri-County Citizen (Chesaning-St. Charles), and the Tri-County Times. – Alex Petrie

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