Daily Press staff brings home APME, Good News awards

ESCANABA – Six members of the Daily Press editorial staff were recently recognized for their work by two awards groups.

Staff Writer Jenny Lancour and Sports Editor Keith Shelton are both recipients of a Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Award.

Lancour won first place in the Best Feature Picture category for her photo “Do You Believe in Talent,” which showed teachers dancing in the dark with glow sticks fastened to their black clothing during the 2012 Mid Peninsula School Talent Show.

Shelton won second place in the Best Sports Enterprise category for his story, “A Miraculous Moment, to Save a Season,” which highlights a key play in the 1985 Gladstone Braves football team’s season. The story details an improbable 97-yard play on fourth down in a home playoff game against Saginaw, showing the play from the view of every player involved.

The APME is an association of editors at newspapers in the United States and Canada, according to www.apme.com. APME works closely with The Associated Press “to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st Century.”

Lifestyles Editor Dorothy McKnight, staff writers Jason Raiche and Ilsa Matthes, and Photographer Holly Richer were also recognized for their work at the 2013 Good News Awards and were among those honored during a luncheon held Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Marquette.

McKnight, Raiche, and Matthes won a Good News Award for a three-part autism series entitled “Picking up the Pieces,” which centered on the triumphs and struggles of a young Gladstone boy dealing with Asperger syndrome. The series focused on his life at home and at school, while also highlighting local services available to those affected by autism.

Richer also won an award for her “Brave Steps Forward” photograph, showing a Gladstone High School graduate and family members reacting to the graduate’s sister spraying her with silly string while celebrating after the 2012 Gladstone commencement ceremony.

McKnight also received a Certificate of Merit for her feature story “The Post-it Principal,” about eighth-grade students at Holy Name School who decorated their principal’s office with approximately 6,000 Post-it notes as a ‘thank you’ for the thoughtful and caring notes he had left in their report cards over the years.

The annual Good News Awards are sponsored by the judicatory heads of the Presbyterian, United Methodist, Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran, and Episcopal churches. The Good News Awards honors Upper Peninsula newspapers, radio stations and TV stations for work “that affirms the dignity of people and upholds universally-recognized human values.”

“We are very proud of our staff,” said Daily Press Editor Brian Rowell. “It is great to see their exceptional work recognized through these awards. It is an example of the effort the Daily Press staff puts out each and every day.