Michigan Newspaper of Year award to Herald Times

Michigan Newspaper of Year award to Herald Times

The Gaylord, Mich. Herald Times has again captured the title of Newspaper of the Year in its class in the 2013 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
It is the 19th time the Herald Times has won the title in the past 23 years. The newspaper is categorized in the weekly Class C division (4,000 to 9,999).
“It is a huge honor to be awarded the Newspaper of the Year award,” said Paul Gunderson, Herald Times general manager. “I’m so proud of the work our staff does here at the Herald Times.”
Jeremy Speer, editor, said he was very excited the Herald Times was “back on top.”“The consistency of the quality of our product over the years is something we take great pride in,” Speer said. “It’s great to have our peers recognize our hard work and efforts.”
A first place was awarded to Chris Engle, Morgan Sherburne, Frank Michels, Cathy Landry, Speer, and Matt Wenzel in the category of Most Innovative Story Telling for “Wild Northern Michigan.”
The Herald Times also took second place for General Excellence in a very close race. Another second place was awarded to the Herald Times for Design, under the direction of Michels, Herald Times design editor. Other second place awards included Speer, Landry, Michels, Engle, Michael Jones and Lorene Parshall for News Enterprise Reporting; Bill Serveny, News Photograph; Serveny, Sports Photograph; and Engle, Sports Columnist.
Third place awards went to the Herald Times for Editorial Pages; Special Section; Kurt Kolka, Feature Story; Wenzel, Local Columnist; and Wenzel, Sports Writing/
Honorable mentions went to Wenzel, Sports Photograph and Parshall, Feature Story.
The reason the Herald Times did so well was the diverse talents of the staff, according to Speer. “We have people who are good at so many things and it shows through the variety of our awards,” he said. ”I am proud of our staff.”