October 07, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The Tri-City Times earned nine awards in the Michigan Press Association 2009 Better Newspaper Contest.
Members of the Iowa Press Association poured over thousands of entries in this year's contest, which is divided into circulation categories.
Sports Editor Kevin Kissane took a first place in the Sports Coverage category, a reflection of Kissane's comprehensive coverage of Tri-City area teams and individuals.
Assistant Editor Maria Brown also earned a first place in the News Picture category. Brown's on-the-spot coverage of an accident on M-53 that injured Karla Kopp of Almont. Kopp has made a full recovery.
Also coming in first, the Tri-City Times Blueberry Tab for 2008 took the top spot in the advertising category. The multi-award winning special section is put together by Tri-City Times Advertising Manager Kim Jorgensen, sales reps Sally Cornell and Tom Kinzer, graphic designers Randy Jorgensen (also the Times' General Manager), Susie Hyde and Jen Wood and production staffer Cathy Cowell.
A second place award in the Spot News category went to Editor Catherine Minolli for her story about an Imlay City area man's loss of employment after commenting on an Internet forum via a company computer.
Veteran staff writer Tom Wearing's Spot News story about the statewide baiting ban and its impact on local carrot growers and sellers earned the longtime reporter a third place.
Judges were again impressed with the overall design of the Tri-City Times, awarding the paper a second place in the Design category.
The Times' Lifestyle pages picked up a third place this year—with the popular section earning an award every year since its inception in 2003.
Catherine Minolli earned an Honorable Mention in the Editorial Writing category. The Times' Editorial Pages also earned an Honorable Mention. Our success is also aided by the eagle eye of Times' proofreader Linda Wolgast.
"We're pleased that the efforts of our entire staff have been recognized by our peers," Minolli says. "We work hard each week to produce a quality paper for our readers. Acknowledgement for those efforts is very satisfying."