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General Excellence award

is industry’s highest honor

The Vilas County News-Review was honored last Friday by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) with the most coveted award in the annual Better Newspaper Contest — first place in General Excellence.


While we’ve won “the big one” a couple of times before, the last in 2001, never have we been so consistent as to receive honors in the General Excellence category in three straight years. The News-Review placed third in the 2010 and 2011 contests, proving this honor is no one-year fluke.


The award came as a result of judging done by the Missouri Press Association in the circulation category that comprises the state’s largest weekly newspapers, those with more than 3,500 subscribers. The News-Review and its sister publication in Oneida County, The Three Lakes News, received 12 awards overall for its editorial and advertising content. They included four firsts, five seconds and three thirds.


The other first-place awards came for special-event coverage of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby, a photo taken during Fire Prevention Week and best use of local photography in advertising. It was the 11th time in 12 years that we won an award for Derby coverage.


The seconds and thirds came for all-around newspaper photography, outdoor column, editorial writing, photo essay, page design and general news photography. At a glance, the honors mean that readers of this newspaper saw some of the best photographs published by any Wisconsin weekly newspaper.


Much of the credit goes to a newspaper staff that is long on experience, big on quality work and second to none. They put their heart into every newspaper edition and every special publication, and we thank the out-of-state press associations who consistently recognize their work in this annual contest.


Though honored to be recognized and extremely proud of our small but talented staff, the credit is not all ours to take. There are those who came before us and left a legacy of quality journalism. There are real people in all sorts of places who trust us with their news tips, stories, comments and photos. We have talented freelance correspondents who help us cover what’s going on with local units of government.


Loyal subscribers and advertisers make it all possible. A newspaper staff cannot fulfill the responsibilities of a free press for very long without economic success. Our readers and business partners make that possible. We thank you all for supporting this community newspaper.


Much of what fills our paper every week is in response to what is happening in some of the most vibrant communities in Wisconsin. From Three Lakes and Eagle River to the northernmost reaches of Vilas County and everywhere in between, it is local news and events that form the foundation for the paper’s award-winning coverage.


This is a community newspaper — your newspaper — which is why we devote so much time and space to events put on mostly by volunteers. Our editorial staff is small but it makes up the difference with talent and experience. It’s a team effort.

Behind the editorial ‘we’


Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:01 PM

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