Holland Sentinel named as finalists for 6 awards

Winners will be announced in April.

The Holland Sentinel has been named as a finalist in six categories of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2017 awards.

Out of nearly 900 entries for the contest, The Sentinel is a finalist in the best business writing, best sports feature story, best sports column, best public service, best full page design and best digital presence categories.

The Sentinel competes in Division I, which is for publications with a daily circulation under 10,000. Division I was judged by The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green, Ohio, and The Chillicothe Gazette, also in Ohio.

Two of the awards The Sentinel is a finalist for (best public service and best full page design) stem from its “Entitled to Fairness” four-part series about Title IX and campus sexual assault, which was published in December 2017.

“This news team is one of the hardest-working groups I’ve had the privilege to lead, and this acknowledgement from the industry only attests to the wonderful work I see them produce every day,” said Sarah Leach, The Sentinel’s editor-in-chief. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The first, second and third-place winners in each category will be announced at the Michigan APME awards banquet in Lansing on April 22. Also up for grabs at the banquet are the general excellence, First Amendment and rising star awards.

The full list of Division I finalists is as follows:

Best Headline Writing: Dan Basso, The (Owosso) Argus-Press; Ryan S. Schlehuber, The (Greenville) Daily News; The (Iron Mountain) Daily News. Best Business Writing: Austin Metz, The Holland Sentinel; Meghan Nelson, The (Greenville) Daily News; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News. Best Column: Jeremy McBain, Petoskey News-Review, “Journalists are Real People”; Dave Shane, Midland Daily News; Mike Taylor, The (Greenville) Daily News. Best Editorial Writing: Patti Klevorn, Ludington Daily News; Elizabeth Waldon, The (Greenville) Daily News; Midland Daily News. Best Feature Writing: Susan Bromley, Livingston Daily Press & Argus, “Camino de Santiago a Life-altering Trek for Brighton Pilgrim”; Lisa Yanick Litwiller, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun; Elisabeth Waldon, The (Greenville) Daily News. Best Sports Story: Dave Bossick, Ludington Daily News, “Laman Lifts LHS in OT”; Adam Niemi, The (Iron Mountain) Daily News, “Part-time Pro”; Ryan Schlehuber, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Two Times a Champ: Greenville’s Landon Kemp Repeats as State Pole Vault Champion.” Best Sports Feature Story: Max Cotton, The (Owosso) Argus-Press, “Marching On”; Dan D’Addona, The Holland Sentinel, “Alone at the Top”; James Gensterblum, Petoskey News-Review, “Manager Brody Belford.” Best Sports Column: Dan D’Addona, The Holland Sentinel, “Los Dutch Have Special Brotherhood”; Dan D’Addona, The Holland Sentinel, “We Must Respect Protestors and Anthem”; Fred Kelly, Midland Daily News, “Kelly: Third-year Coach Bischel has NU Baseball Playing Great and Making History.” Best Spot News Photo: Katy Kildee, Midland Daily News, “Apartment Fire”; Brittney Lohmiller, Midland Daily News, “Deck Fire”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Get Out There’s Flames.” Best Feature Photo: Katy Kildee, Midland Daily News, “Ball Toss”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Light Out Style”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Love and Permanence.” Best Sports Photo: Dave Bossick, Ludington Daily News, “Ludington Shoots Over Big Rapids”; Katy Kildee, Midland Daily News, “Baseball Catch”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Stars, Stripes and Victory.” Best Photo Story: Jeff Kiessel, Ludington Daily News, “A Hero’s Goodbye”; Jeff Kiessel, Ludington Daily News, “Saving a School Bell”; Midland Daily News, “Historic Flooding in Midland.” Best Video: Gillis Benedict, Livingston Daily Press & Argus, “Snipers on the Rooftop: Former Officer Remembers 1967 Detroit Riots”; Colton Mokofsky, Ludington Daily News, “Dodgeball with the Sheriff”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Belding Percussionists Ready for WGI World Championship in Ohio.” Best Public Service: Riley Kelley, Ludington Daily News, “Fourth Ward Neighbor to Neighbor Help”; The (Greenville) Daily News, “Heroin Hits Home”; The Holland Sentinel, “Entitled to Fairness.” Best Spot News Coverage: Brooke Kansier, Ludington Daily News, “Five Rescued: Flames Engulf Boat in Lake Michigan, Fishermen Help”; Adam Niemi, The (Iron Mountain) Daily News, “Kingsford, IM Football Rivalry to End”; Joey Oliver, The Argus-Press, “Lawyer Jailed.” Best Enterprise Reporting: Brenda Battel, Huron Daily Tribune, “Exploring Solar Energy Development”; Laura Colvin and Gillis Benedict, Livingston Daily Press & Argus, “Buses Connect Jobs with Workers”; Jenny Lancour, Escanaba Daily Press, “Tried for Murder: The Trial of Gregory Ihander.” Best Investigative Reporting: Lisa Yanick Litwiller, Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, “Justice for Julia”; Bradley Massman and Dave Shane, Huron Daily Tribune, “Caseville’s Costly Flirt with Hollywood”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Is it Time to Free Karen? Advocates Plead for Prisoner’s Release After 29 Years of Incarceration.” Best Full Page Design: Darrin Clark, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Kissing Everything Goodbye”; Nate Morrison, The Holland Sentinel, “Entitled to Fairness”; Renee Tanner, Petoskey News-Review, “Bees.” Best Digital Presence: Sarah Leach and Brian Vernellis, The Holland Sentinel; Petoskey News-Review; The (Greenville) Daily News. Best Multimedia Storytelling: Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Belding Percussionists Ready for WGI World Championship in Ohio”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Flo’s Creation Named ‘Best Pizza in America’ at International Pizza Competition”; Cory Smith, The (Greenville) Daily News, “Marching Band State Finals.”

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