PUBLISHER JEFF EVANS at The Ludington Daily News recently shared some exciting news with me…and now I can share it with you.
The Ludington Daily News has been honored with its 7th Newspaper of the Year award and it also won 1st Place in General Excellence in the Michigan Press Association 2009 Better Newspaper Contest.
Some comments from the judges:
“Excellent reproduction quality, clean design. In general, the paper grabs my eye and keeps it hooked. Great use of color beyond 1A. Lots of entry points on section fronts draw readers inside. Clean, crisp design. Design remained clean and consistent throughout.”
The Iowa Press Association judged the Michigan newspapers’ contest.
My congratulations to Jeff and his news crew, especially those who are part of the design effort—which is just about everyone.
I led the redesign of The Ludington Daily News a couple of years ago and I have a strong appreciation of how hard the staff and managers work. It was a pleasure working with them and a greater pleasure seeing them get the recognition they deserve.
MY FRIEND MIKE DOWTY, Managing Editor at the Livingston Parish News (Denham Springs, LA), sends along this page for review and comment.
Mike and I worked on a redesign of the Livingston Parish News last year and we’re delighted with the results. The paper is more open, more comfortable and more compelling. The credit for that goes to others there, including graphic artist Paul Hatton, who designed this front for the Arts & Entertainment section.
From Mike’s note:
“The package was designed from material on the museum provided by Arts & Entertainment Editor Carol Stuart. The concept was to showcase the museum and its programs by first drawing in the reader with compelling graphics, then present the information in a concise orderly way to make it useful as a “how to find what you want” guide. Not every entertainment event lends itself to such a presentation, but this is the ideal we shoot for. I think the creative use of black suggesting the atmosphere of a planetarium was particularly effective.”
So do I, Mike. So do I. I think the page is a standout.
OK…what do you think?