MARINETTE — The Marinette Menominee EagleHerald came away with nearly two dozen awards in the 2019 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation (WNAF) Better Newspaper Contest Awards.
The local newspaper received 23 awards, including six first-place awards. The EagleHerald is in group C, made up of smaller daily papers in the state. The awards were to be presented at The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, March 20, but it was rescheduled because of COVID-19.
In the newsroom, veteran photographer Rick Gebhard claimed first place for a feature photo of “Fall Colors.” It was one of 12 awards won by the newsroom, including a third-place award for General Excellence.
“I’m happy for our team of journalists,” Editor Dan Kitkowski said. “We work hard on a daily basis to bring local news and sports to our readers. It’s nice to get recognition from our peers.”
The ad department garnered 11 awards, including five first-place honors.
Melissa Kowalczyk, Nancy Menor and Laurie Caebe were among the first-place winners.
“The EagleHerald is lucky to have a talented team of graphic designers who put together a variety of advertisements and publications to help local businesses feature all that they have to offer in the area,” said Becki Minton, advertising operations supervisor. “These award-winning ads and products prove that advertising in your local paper is the best way to grab a reader’s attention.”
Following are the awards:
■ First Place to Rick Gebhard for Feature Photo (Fall Colors)
■ Second to Dan Kitkowski, Melissa Kowalczyk, Penny Mullins and Gebhard for Best Front Page
■ Second to Kitkowski, Mullins and Gebhard for Best Special Section-Editorial Department (Progress)
■ Second to Brian Bell for Sports News Story (Maroons take back M&M Log with big win)
■ Second to Gebhard for Portrait or Artistic Photo (Dark side, light side or Celebrating Halloween)
■ Third to Gebhard, Kowalczyk and Tim Greenwood for Photo Essay (Having fun at the fair)
■ Third to Kitkowski for Editorial Award (Journalism really does matter)
■ Third to Gebhard for General News Photo (Yacht madcap winner)
■ Honorable Mention to Mullins, Kowalczyk and John Hofer for General News Story (Preparing for the worst)
■ Honorable Mention to Kowalczyk for Overall Page Design
■ Honorable Mention to Gebhard for Portrait or Artistic Photo (Berry binge)
The advertising staff received 11 awards, including:
■ First Place to Laurie Caebe for the Bill Payne Award (Simply Charming/The Finery)
■ First to Kowalczyk and Nancy Menor for Best Use of Color (Heider Decorating)
■ First to Caebe and the Advertising Staff for Best Use of Art Service (Mother’s Day Dining)
■ First to Caebe and Menor for Best Restaurant Ad (Pearl Eatery-Drinkery)
■ First to Kowalczyk for Best Large Ad (Sticks and Stones)
■ Second to Caebe for Best Use of Color (Hunter’s Glen Golf Course)
■ Second to Kowalczyk for Best Multiple Advertiser Spread (Small Business Marketplace)
■ Second to Caebe, Kowalczyk, Gebhard, and Newsroom and Advertising Staff for Best Niche Product (Fishing Tournament Guide)
■ Third to Kowalczyk for Best Use of Art Service (Summertime Safety)
■ Third to Ross Menor for Best Grocery Ad (Jack’s Grocery Marinette/Menominee)
■ Third to Kowalczyk, Ross Menor and Advertising Department for Best Special Section – Advertising (Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 Best of the Best)