Advertising trophy leads contest honors for News-Gazette

Advertising trophy leads contest honors for News-Gazette

SPRINGFIELD – The News-Gazette won the James S. Copley Trophy for advertising achievement for daily newspapers for 2009 at the Illinois Press Association's annual convention in Springfield.

In the advertising contest, The News-Gazette accumulated the highest point total in the daily newspaper division to win the Copley award. The newspaper also won its division for newspapers over 30,000 circulation.

The News-Gazette's news department won third place in the sweepstakes competition for the Stuart R. Paddock Trophy for the state's largest daily newspapers.

For the first time this year, the press association held the annual news and advertising conventions concurrently. The IPA Advertising Excellence Awards and News-Editorial Excellence Awards, as well as the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Editorial and Photographic Excellence Awards, were presented at the convention.

The News-Gazette advertising and news departments and News-Gazette Community Newspapers also won a number of individual awards, which were presented Thursday and Friday in Springfield.

In the IPA advertising awards, The News-Gazette won first-place awards in its division for best house ad, best annual special section, best classified ad, best shared/signature page, best ad designer and best holiday ad. The paper also won six second-place, six third-place and six honorable mention awards.

News-Gazette Community Newspapers won five advertising awards in the weekly newspaper divisions, including Tolono County Star, best full page ad; The Leader, St. Joseph, best full color ad and best one-time special section as well as three second places, four third places and one honorable mention; The Paxton Record, best community focus special section as well as one second place; the Piatt County Journal-Republican, best marketing campaign as well as two third places; the Rantoul Press, one third place; and the Mahomet Citizen, one second place.

The News-Gazette winners in the IPA News-Editorial Excellence Awards included first-place awards for Jodi Heckel in the Robert M. Cole Award for best school board coverage; Most Innovative Project for the CU Citizen Access project with the University of Illinois Department of Journalism and the Knight Foundation; Darrell Hoemann for illustration; sports department for sports section; and Jim Dey for editorial page.

The news department also won three second-place, seven third-place and three honorable mention awards.

News-Gazette Community Newspapers first-place award winners in the weekly divisions included Dave Hinton, Rantoul Press, feature writing; Jeremy Werner, Paxton Record, enterprise/feature writing; staff, Mahomet Citizen, general excellence; Christine Walsh, County Star, news reporting-single story. The Rantoul Press also earned a second and three third-place awards; the St. Joseph Leader two third places; the County Star four second places; the Piatt County Journal-Republican an honorable mention; and the Paxton Record a second and two thirds.

In the Illinois AP Editors Association awards, sports writer Paul Klee won a first place in the sports features category.

Competing in the division with the state's largest daily newspapers, The News-Gazette also won nine other second- or third-place awards in various categories in the AP contest.

The Tennessee Press Association judged the IPA news and advertising contest, while Indiana AP editors judged the Associated Press contest.