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Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Week wins six awards

The Week picked up six awards at the National Newspaper Association convention held in Milwaukee last weekend.

We were honored with three awards in the trade group's Better Newspaper Advertising contest as well as three awards in the Better Newspaper contest.

The NNA's annual convention travels to a different location every year, and because it was just up I-43 this year, we were able to attend and accept the awards in person.

We almost had our chance four years ago when the convention was first planned for Milwaukee. However, fate would have it that the event was scheduled for just after September 11, 2001. Plans were scrapped following the disruption of airline travel in the weeks that followed the terrorist attacks, a reminder of the long ripple effect of that terrible day in American history.

I'm proud to say The Week is always well represented in this contest which draws entries from daily and weekly community newspapers across the country.

According to contest organizers, 2,852 entries from 42 states and the District of Columbia competed in both the BNC and BNAC. The contest was for work done in 2004.
The Week's awards are:

First, excellence in typography-We launched a re-design of the Sunday and Thursday Weeks in January of 2004 which included a new set of fonts for our headlines. The re-design work was led by Carrie Grosenick of the news staff. Grosenick recently moved on to another graphic design job closer to her home in Watertown.

Third, photo essay-This was a thoughtful and inspiring essay by staff photographer Terry Mayer on a summer ski camp for kids in wheelchairs. The camp was organized by UW-Whitewater and run with the help of members of the Minnieska Ski Team.

Honorable Mention, best ag story-Long-time contributor Dale Reich's story, entitled "The end is not near," profiled farmer Dave Kyle. Reich found that Kyle sees a bright and optimistic future in farming. Reich, an instructor at Gateway's Elkhorn campus, is also a community columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Second place, special section or publication-For our "Sunsational" summer guide to Walworth County. The annual publication is created by our advertising sales and creative departments who, at the time, included Beth Kranz, Malinda Obershaw, Shelley Arenz, Pat Devon, Sara Szczap and Sherry Lohse of our advertising sales staff. The creative department staff at the time included Lisa Clifford, Cathy Scott, Kim Beverly, Wendy Shafer, Heidi Schulz and Cindy Lee.

Third, special section or publication-For our "Taste of the Lakes" county menu guide, also created by our advertising sales and creative departments. If you'd like to see one, we've been busy this past week putting the latest edition on newsstands throughout the county.

Third, classifieds section-I think we have the best-read classifieds section in the county, thanks to Delores Murphy, who has since retired, as well as Ruth Nachreiner, Jo Ann Thies, Sandy Clint and Jodi Renwick (they're the cheerful voices you get to talk to when you place your classified ad).

I admit I'm biased-like somebody's mom who thinks her kid's school work is the best thing they've ever seen. But it is nice, on occasion, to know our colleagues in the newspaper industry think the same way too.

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