Daily Herald honored with Illinois Associated Press awards
The Daily Herald has been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors for a series of editorials that focused on assaults on the American press.
The newspaper won third place in the Public Service category in the largest circulation category.
"The Press and the Public Trust," a series of five editorials published in November and December 2016, identified what the editorial board viewed as threats to a free press.
"We wanted to respond by re-examining the role of a free press in democracy and reflecting on the responsibilities the First Amendment right imposes both on media outlets and on citizens," said Jim Slusher, deputy managing editor for opinion at the newspaper. "And we wanted to issue a warning about what can happen when these rights and responsibilities are ignored or abused."
The editorial board's award was among six citations for excellence in the competition.
Other winners included:
* Third place in the Enterprise Series category to Marie Wilson for "Caregivers in Crisis," an examination of issues confronting workers and family members who care for people with mental illness.
• Second place in Feature Photography to John Starks for a picture of dogs lined up for grooming.
• Third place in Sports Action Photography to Paul Michna for an image of two soccer players simultaneously playing a "header."
• Third place in Column Writing to Managing Editor Jim Baumann for his "Grammar Moses" column examining the finer points of effective writing.
• And a first-place award to Cubs beat reporter Bruce Miles in Best Use of Social Media by an Individual, a category recognizing individuals who effectively use social media tools to engage and inform readers.
In addition to these awards, the Daily Herald's sister publications in Paddock Publications' Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group earned IAPME recognition in five categories honoring excellence in small newspapers.