DFM wins 27 Local Media Editorial Awards

dfm-logo-squareDigital First Media newspapers were recognized with 27 awards in this year’s Local Media Associated Editorial Contest. Categories ranged from Best Investigative Reporting to Best Column Writing to Best Front Page.

“Our news organizations can only be successful if they cover their local communities better than anyone, so taking home so many awards in the Local Media Association is not only something we’re proud of, but something that validates our efforts to effectively serve our communities,” said Editor-in-Chief Jim Brady.

Here are the awards won by Digital First Media newspapers:

Best In-depth Reporting – 1st Place The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Class E: Up to 30,000 (daily)
Emergency Medical Services series (e.g., 1 and 2)

Best Opinion Column – 1st Place The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Classes E & F Combined
Barbara Lombardo

Best Editorial Page – 1st Place Saline Reporter (Saline, MI) Class A: Up to 8,000 (non-daily)

Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary – 1st Place Saline Reporter (Saline, MI) Classes A, B, & C Combined
‘Melancholia’ Deserves Higher Praise

Best In-depth Reporting – 1st Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Attack Ads Muddy Oakland County Circuit Court Races

Best Sports Writing – 1st Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Hockey, Mending a Broken Heart

Best Feature – 2nd Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Out of Tragedy, A Trend of Triumph Story of Clarkston’s Ryan Kennedy

Best Column Writing – 2nd Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Classes E & F Combined
Sports columns (e.g. 1, 2, and 3)

Best Continuing Coverage  - 2nd Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Hazing incident

Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Section – 3rd Place The Record (Troy, NY) Classes E & F Combined

Best Column Writing – 3rd Place The Record (Troy, NY) Classes E & F Combined
Siobhan Connally’s body of work

Best Headline – 3rd Place Saline Reporter (Saline, MI) Class A: Up to 8,000
Women Bubbly Over ‘Bachelor Ben’

Best Continuing Coverage – 3rd Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Presidential debate (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Best Arts & Entertainment Writing (Feature) – 3rd Place Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Classes E & F Combined
Detroit Singer Rodriguez is Rock Cinderella Story (PDF)

Best Special Section – 3rd Place The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Classes E & F Combined
9/11 Remembrance (e.g., 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Best Local Election Coverage – 3rd Place The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Classes E & F Combined
2011 Elections (e.g., 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Best Front Page – 3rd Place The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Classe E: Up to 30,000 (daily)
Covers by Paul Tackett

Best Sports Writing – 3rd Place Tie Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Class F: Over 30,000 (daily)
Nothing Personal (PDF)

Best Local Election Coverage - Honorable Mention Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Calasses E & F Combined
Former U.S. Rep. McCotter (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)

Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary – Honorable Mention Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI) Classes E & F Combined
M.I.A.’s Finger Part of Water Cooler Tradition (PDF)

Best Sports Photo – Honorable Mention The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Class E: Up to 30,000 (daily)
Erica Miller: Steeplechase Fall (editor’s note: all horses and riders were okay following fall)

Erica Miller received both national and state awards for this photograph.

Best News Photo – Honorable Mention The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) Classes E & F Combined
Erica Miller: Plane Crash

Best Breaking News Story – Honorable Mention Manchester Enterprise (Saline, MI) Class A: Up to 8,000 (non-daily)
Man Shoots Wife, Kills Himself

Best Investigative Reporting – Honorable Mention Oneida Dispatch (Oneida, NY) Class E: Up to 30,000 (daily)
Jolene Cleaver, Kurt Wanfried

Best Continuing Coverage – Honorable Mention Milan News-Leader (Saline, MI) Class A: Up to 8,000 (non-daily)
Charter schools in Michigan

Best Continuing Coverage – Honorable Mention Milan News-Leader (Saline, MI) Class A: Up to 8,000 (non-daily)
Milan Schools logo controversy

For more on the awards, check out the Local Media Association website or download the full list of winners [PDF].

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