DailyHerald.com has been named best website by the Illinois Press Association.
It was one of 19 awards the Daily Herald received Friday from the IPA, including top prizes for community service and for coverage of taxation.
The awards were presented during the IPA's annual convention held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.
The Daily Herald was honored for reporting, editorials and photography in the category for circulation over 40,000.
First place awards were:
•Best website: Daily Herald staff.
•Illinois Taxpayers Federation Maurice Scott Award for best coverage of taxation to Columnist Jake Griffin and the Daily Herald.
•Community service: Tim Broderick, Melissa Silverberg and Linda Lutton of WBEZ for "Generations at Risk."
"This entry clearly stood out from the rest, in all criteria considered: subject matter, local relevance, writing, presentation and innovation," the judges said. "The Daily Herald developed a unique method to show the link between family income and student success, and more importantly found solutions to turn around poor performing schools. This project showed tremendous community leadership and engagement of not just experts but also of families and readers. Superb work."
•Best editorial page: Jim Slusher and the editorial board for the Opinion Page.
•Best feature photo: Jeff Knox for "Jet in Eclipse."
•Best sports photo: Steve Lundy for "Mixed Emotions."
•Best spot news photo: John Starks for "Tornado's Haunting Aftermath."
Second place awards were:
•Best headline writing: Don Friske for general headlines.
•Best general news photo: Steve Lundy for "Shooting Protest."
•Best news reporting series: Burt Constable, Lee Filas and Tim Broderick for "The Two Faces of Lt. Gliniewicz."
•Best news reporting of a single story: Lee Filas, Russell Lissau, Pete Nenni and staff for "Ultimate Betrayal."
Third place awards were:
•Best news reporting on a single story: Marni Pyke for "Breaking the Law, Badly."
•Best feature writing: Marie Wilson for "When an Addict's Family Comes Second."
•Best local editorial: Jim Slusher, John Lampinen and the editorial board for "Generations at Risk" editorials.
•General Excellence: Daily Herald staff.
•Best headline writing: Neil Holdway for general headlines.
•Best sports photo: John Starks for "Battle in the Corner."
Honorable mentions were:
•Best sports column: Barry Rozner.
•Stuart R. Paddock Sweepstakes Memorial Trophy: Daily Herald staff.
Last year, the newspaper received 11 IPA awards. The Daily Herald competes against other large, daily newspapers for the awards.