Gazette named top newspaper again

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Gazette has been named the best newspaper in Wisconsin in its circulation class for the third consecutive year.

The Janesville-based newspaper took that award and dozens of others in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Friday at an awards banquet at the WNA/AP Convention and Trade Show at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

The “best newspaper” designation is based on points earned by awards in the news and advertising contests. The WNA first bestowed such honors in its 2011 contest, and The Gazette has won the award all three years.

The Gazette competes with about a dozen newspapers with circulations between 10,000 and 25,000.

The newspaper won 54 awards in the contests, including 18 firsts. Among the first awards was “General Excellence,” which is the top judged award. Each newspaper submits three newspapers that judges review for overall quality.

Judges from the Kansas Press Association cited The Gazette's “attention to local detail throughout the paper with a strong presence in the community.

“Editorial pages also have well-written strong editorials. Good writing, photography and clean design work to deliver a wonderful newspaper.”

The Gazette's first-place winners in the news contest:

--Local Outdoor Column—Anna Marie Lux.

--Special Section, Editorial—Vision 2020.

--Feature—Neil Johnson, homelessness.

--Environmental Reporting—Marcia Nelesen, ash borer.

--Page Design, feature—Ann Fiore.

--General Web Excellence—gazettextra.com.

--General Excellence—Staff.

 The newspapers first-place winners in the advertising contest:

 --Bill Payne Award—Julie Daun and Donna Hanson.

 --Best Advertising Special Section—Summer Source.

 --Best Multiple Advertiser Spread—Marci McCarten, Staff.

 --Best Use of Art Service—Marci McCarten, Donna Hanson.

 --Best Use of Local Photography—Marci McCarten, Diane Braunreiter.

 --Best Advertising Sales Tool—Tom Bradley, Terry Fleig.

 --Best Niche Publication‐In Paper Sales—Staff.

 --Best Niche Publication‐Out of Paper—Tom Bradley, Donna Hanson, Staff.

 --Best Online Advertising Single Ad‐Static—Dan Bothun, Laura Feit, Terry Fleig, Kacey Kaderly.

 --Harrison MacDonald—Michele Richardson, Nikkii Taber, Melissa Bornbach.

 --Best Newspaper Promotion—Staff.

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