National Awards for 22nd Century Media Publications

Published on July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm CDT
22nd Century Media publications have been recognized with seven awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest held by the National Newspaper Association!

There were 1,862 entries in the Better Newspaper Contest and 383 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 2,245 entries. A total of 530 awards were won by 193 member newspapers in 40 states. California had the most combined BNC/BNAC wins with 76.

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the editorial team and everyone at 22nd Century Media! It's our team effort that makes such success a possibility.
2014 Winners:

The Homer Horizon
Second Place, Best Feature Series
(Daily and non-daily Division, circ. 6,000 or more)

Entry Title: Getting past the preconceptions.

Credit(s): Bill Jones 

Judges' Comments: "What a unique idea to write a feature on the different churches that make up your community. It was educational, descriptive and interesting to read about each of the churches. Of particular appeal was how you went behind the walls of the church, so to speak, to give the reader a flavor for the church and the leaders."


Malibu Surfside News
Third Place, Best Feature Story
(Non-daily Division, circ. 6,000-9,999)

Entry Title: Malibu musical savant finds voice through music.

Credit(s): Ashleigh Fryer

Judges' Comments: "Good job drawing us into the subject's world."

Honorable Mention, Best Feature Photo
(Non-daily Division, circ. 6,000-9,999

Entry Title: Gifts of Song

Credit(s): Chris Bashaw.  


The Northbrook Tower

First Place, Best Humorous Column
(Daily & Non-daily Division, circ. 8,000 or more)

Entry Title: Getting back in the saddle at spin class

Credit(s): Dayna Fields  

Judges' Comments: "Yes, this is humorous. Painful, but amusing. Humorous way of pulling reader into the column to share your agony and your self-admitted, not-so-bright decision to do the spinning. You have spun a tale the reader can enjoy and empathize with; plus, you also provided the reader some insight into the decisions that are part of your work week. Well done.


The Orland Park Prairie
Third Place, Best Feature Story
(Non-daily Division, circ. 15,000 or more

Entry Title: Whole lotta filmmakin' going on

Credit(s): Heather Warthen

Judges' Comments: "This story is a delight to read. The writer uses clear short paragraphs, right from the beginning, to bring a reader into the enthusiasm and passion the subject has for both Elvis and film making. The human side of an early Elvis Presley is something a reader feels will be revealed in the film being made and the enthusiasm for the project is contagious because of this writer's enthusiasm. Very good job."


The Wilmette Beacon
First Place, Best Feature Story
(Non-daily Division, circ. 10,000-14,999

Entry Title: Starry night

Credit(s): Joe Coughlin  

Judges' Comments: "Engaging feature from start to finish. Nice turns of phrase throughout and very solid scene setting make this the best feature story in the competition. Nicely done!"

Third Place, Best Photo Essay
(Daily & Non-daily Division, circ. 6,000-12,000

Entry Title: Skylights

Credit(s): Joe Coughlin

Judges' Comments: "Very creative, colorful work. Fireworks are tough to get--let alone with people in the same frame. Love the popcorn in mid-air, the smiles, the moments frozen. A joy to admire."

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