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National honors coming

for excellence, Lifestyle

On the heels of winning the most coveted award given by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association several months ago, the Vilas?County News-Review was told Monday that it will receive three awards at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Assocation (NNA) this September  — including one for General Excellence.


It was in February that the News-Review won first place General Excellence in the state contest, along with 11 other awards for event coverage, news photo, all-around photography, column writing, editorial writing, page design and photo essay. But that was in competition with Wisconsin weeklies, not the best newspapers from across the nation.


Monday’s announcement means that the News-Review’s content and quality rivals that of the best newspapers in all 50 states. There is no higher honor in the newspaper industry than the general excellence award, for it encompassses the entire product from cover to cover.


Besides General Excellence, the NNA announced that the News-Review will take home a First Place honor for Best Lifestyle Pages in a category that included every daily and nondaily newspaper that submitted an entry, regardless of circulation. Also, the News-Review will receive a national honorable mention for a wildlife photo essay published on the front page last June.


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 hearts into every newspaper edition and every special publication.


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. Much of what fills our paper every week is in response to what is happening in some of the most vibrant communities in Wisconsin.


This is a community newspaper — your newspaper — which is why we devote so much time and space to events put on mostly by volunteers. We thank the business owners who, by promoting their products and services in our publications, help support this award-winning newspaper.

It was great to experience

a 41st annual Artarama

We’d like to commend the organizers of the 41st annual Artarama River Walk Art Show for another great event, from the new volunteers to the longstanding leadership that didn’t quit when things got tough.


It was a year ago that Artarama officials announced it would be the event’s last year unless volunteers stepped up to help with the workload. And apparently they did just that.


In a tourism mecca that is known for the high quality of its events, Eagle River really needs Artarama. So we hope others will step forward in the years ahead to offer a hand to the committee, which organizes one of the best juried art shows in the Midwest.

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, July 23, 2013 5:12 PM

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