Editorial: Elburn Herald comes up big at 2013 IPA Awards

By on June 20, 2013

One of the most satisfying things about being a community newspaper is hearing from local residents that our features, investigative reports and photographs have done justice to our surrounding municipalities. Our pages are meant to document the events, celebrations and remembrances that take place within the Kaneland community each and every week, and we never get tired of being told that we’re doing our job well.

We also enjoy it when the Illinois Press Association tells us that the work we’re doing is worthy.

The Elburn Herald did fairly well for itself in this year’s IPA contest. Elburn Herald reporter Susan O’Neill’s story “This, too, shall pass” earned a first-place nod in the Enterprise/Feature Writing category, while photographer Patti Wilk’s “Furious 6th inning leads to comeback over YHS for Regional” photo was tops in the Sports Photo category.

We also earned a second-place award for General Excellence, a third-place award for Newspaper Design, and notched an honorable mention for Local Editorial.

We also came up big in IPA’s advertising division, securing second place in General Advertising Excellence, and first place and third place in Best Full Color Ad. Our Kaneland Guide took first place in Best Annual Special Section, and our Summer Guide took fourth place in Best Community Focus Special Section. Our design director, Leslie Flint, was runner-up in the category of Best Ad Designer. Leslie’s top-notch design skills have been an essential part of the Elburn Herald since her arrival 15 years ago, and her recent IPA awards are proof that her page design skills are as sharp as ever.

So … yeah, not a bad haul for a little community newspaper. But while we love to receive state-wide awards and accolades, nothing beats the feeling of knowing that we’re giving the Kaneland community the coverage and exposure it deserves.

Ultimately, we’re here to serve you, the Kaneland community resident. So never hesitate to let us know what you think of our work. That way, we can continue to grow and develop with the communities that surround us.