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SVM named best mid-size daily

Staff wins 17 awards in statewide contest

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT
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This illustration, titled "Wasted," helped convey the wasteful nature of government spending in Rock Falls, and won a first-place honor in the Associated Press Managing Editor's contest.

For the second year in a row, and the third time in the past 5 years, Sauk Valley Media has won the General Excellence award as best mid-size daily in a statewide contest sponsored by Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.

The staff of the Telegraph and Daily Gazette won a total of 17 awards, including seven for first place, in the competition among newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 to 40,000.

“We think we publish a pretty good newspaper, but it’s gratifying to receive this kind of recognition from outside observers,” said Larry Lough, executive editor of Sauk Valley Media. “We work hard to serve our communities, and the staff is most deserving of these honors.”

Judging for General Excellence is based on an evaluation of the entire newspaper on dates randomly selected by contest organizers.

Other awards were won by:


– Matt Mencarini for investigative reporting, for his examination of spending practices in the Ogle County sheriff’s office

– Christopher Heimerman for public service, for his series “The Naturals,” about improving personal nutrition

– Angel Sierra for the newspaper’s website,

– Jeff Rogers for headline writing

– Brian Weidman for sports feature writing

– Alex Paschal for photo illustration

Other winners were:


– David Giuliani and Derek Barichello for breaking news, for their report on the $40 million legal settlement the city of Dixon received in the wake of the Rita Crundwell scandal

– Christopher Heimerman and Dan Woessner for sports breaking news, for their coverage of the state basketball tournament

– Dan Woessner for sports feature, for sports column, and for headline writing

– Tara Becker and Derek Barichello for enterprise reporting, for their preview of Rita Crundwell’s sentencing

– David Giuliani for business reporting, for his comparison of jobless rates in Illinois and Iowa

– Alex Paschal for pictorial photo


– Christopher Heimerman for headline writing

– Alex Paschal for photo illustration

Awards will be presented June 12 at the annual APME awards luncheon in Springfield.

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