DeKALB – The Daily Chronicle won the Illinois Press Association's Patrick Coburn Award of Excellence in the Illinois Press Association's annual Excellence in News contest today.
The trophy is awarded to newspapers with circulations less than 10,000 that win the most awards in the annual contest. The Daily Chronicle won nine first-place awards and placed in 27 other categories.
"Making a great newspaper and a great news website for DeKalb County on a daily basis takes a lot of creativity and effort from many people," Editor Eric Olson said. "It's really gratifying to see our journalists recognized for their work."
The staff won Best Lifestyle Section and Best Sports Section. The sports staff won Best Sports News Coverage for "Orange Bowl makes immediate impact on NIU recruiting," Best Web Project for "Heisman history: Jordan Lynch's journey to New York City," and Best Sports Feature.
News Editor Jillian Duchnowski and former Daily Chronicle reporter David Thomas won the Best Coverage of Taxation for articles exploring tax increment financing districts. Former Daily Chronicle Photo Editor Rob Winner captured first place for photo illustration and personality portrait, while photographer Monica Maschak won Best Photo Series.
"A lot of talented people work hard every day to put together a great news website and newspaper for DeKalb County, and it is exhilarating to see them honored for their work," Olson said.
The MidWeek also won two first-place awards. Editor Dana Herra won the personality portrait category for "A mother fights heroin," while former reporter Curtis Clegg won Best General News Photo.