News Advocate wins several MPA awards

Manistee News Advocate staff writer Dylan Savela won honorable mention in the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper contest for this photo, published on Aug. 12, 2016.

Manistee News Advocate staff writer Dylan Savela won honorable mention in the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper contest for this photo, published on Aug. 12, 2016.

EAST LANSING — The editorial staff of the Manistee News Advocate turned in their best work for the 2017 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest and were rewarded for their efforts.

In judging for the annual contest, the News Advocate was up against other newspapers across the state in Daily Class D, those with circulation of 5,000 or under.

“I’m very proud of our editorial staff and their accomplishments,” said Michelle Graves, News Advocate managing editor. “Every day, they work hard and do their best to produce a quality newspaper that they can be proud of and we hope our community is proud of too.”

News Advocate staff writer Dylan Savela won first place for Best Column with “A letter to my son: The rest belongs to you,” while associate editor Ken Grabowski won third place in the same category for his column, “Young minds are a terrible thing to waste.”

Another first place win came in the Best Page or Pages Design category for the front page of the July 31, 2017, edition.

“Very colorful, excellent use of photos and varied headlines. Certainly a standout,” judges commented.

Sports editor Scott Yoshonis took first place for Best Sports Columnist with “A decade later, gender equality ruling just isn’t a big deal.”

“This is a complete column, giving the full story of a decade old court decision and rolling in analysis and opinion on the effects (or lack thereof) of what was seen at the time as a momentous occurrence,” said judges.

In the Business/Agriculture News category, Savela won second place for “A local leader in agriculture,” which was published on Feb. 15, 2017. The article detailed a grant won by Campbell Milarch Vines.

Judges said the story had a “unique layout, good writing” and was an “overall good piece.”

Savela earned honorable mention for Feature Photo with a ducks and dredging photo, which was published on Aug. 12, 2016.

Taking a total of four awards this year, Savela earned third place in Government/Education News for his article, “Setting an example,” which was published on Feb. 9, 2017. It detailed the Village of Bear Lake’s infrastructure improvement efforts and the attention of state Sen. Darwin Booher.

“Dylan has been with the News Advocate for nearly 10 years, writing sports, features and news. He’s a great photographer, and an all-around fantastic reporter,” said Graves. “The whole staff strives puts their best foot forward each and every day, reporting with accuracy and dedication to their field.”

The contest was judged by members of the Missouri Press Association, who reviewed a total of 2,967 entries from 100 newspapers and individual members from across Michigan.

Leave a Reply