The County Post East and County Post West won a total of 12 awards for its reporting, photos, graphic design, special sections and ads.
The awards were presented at the annual convention of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in Madison Friday, Feb. 24.
The East and West jointly won two first place-awards for the special sections recognizing Waupaca County’s All Star athletes.
“Top Guns,” which was published in June 2011, recognized the county’s top spring athletes. The WNA named it the Best (In Paper) Niche Publication for 2011.
The entire All Stars series of the 2010-11 school garnered a first-place award in graphics for graphic designer Cody Popp.
Judges described the All Stars series as “the clear-cut winner. The photos, headlines and concepts for each cover show great creativity and that great thought process went into each section. To see the theme carried out throughout the section just adds to the message. Great job.”
The County Post East also won a first place award in Special Pages for “Wolf River Experience,” produced by Tim Beimal, Lori Schneider and John Faucher, which judges said had “a fun feeling to them.”
The East garnered another first-place award for Best (Out of Paper) Niche Publication for the 2011 New London Calendar – A Brief History of Business.
In the same category, East staff members Lori Schneider, Alison Garrigan, John Faucher, Stacy Kneuppel and Tim Beimal also won a second-place award for the “2011 New London Wisconsin Directory and Community Guide.” Judges said the directory was “great from cover to cover. Nice use of full color, ad layout and design.”
The County Post East won a second-place award in the Most Improved Newspaper category.
A second-place award for Local Sports Column went to Bert Lehman of the County Post East.
Lori Schneider won a second-place award for Lifestyle Pages for her story, “Mad Dog & Merrill – three decades of the Midwest Grill’n Buddies.”
The County Post East also won a second-place award for Best Use of Art Service in Jeff Hoffman’s “Fresh Seafood Ad” and a third-place award in Best Multiple Advertiser Spread for “The Big Buck Board.”
At the County Post West, Robert Cloud won a second-place award in Breaking News Coverage for his articles on the Rory Kuenzi trial.
Jane Myhra took home a third-place award in Local Education reporting for her stories on the Iola-Scandinavia School Board. Judges noted, “Good mix of hard news and features in the entries shows reporter has a good grasp of her beat.”