SPRINGFIELD – For the fifth consecutive the year, the Northwest Herald was recognized Friday as the best medium-sized newspaper in Illinois, winning the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention in Springfield.
In addition to the top honor, the Northwest Herald staff earned 30 other awards including first place in sports features, enterprise writing, general news photography, illustration, best web project and investigative reporting.
First-place winners included sports writers Jeff Arnold and Maureen Lynch; news reporter Jim Dallke; photographer Lathan Goumas; managing editor for production and design Scott Helmchen; and web producer Erick Ward and sports media reporter Les Johnson.
"I'm very proud of the outstanding staff of journalists at the Northwest Herald," editor Jason Schaumburg said. "To be named the best mid-sized daily newspaper five years in a row speaks to the consistent level of hard work and dedication we have to provide readers with the best newspaper we can."
The Northwest Herald also won the Knight Chair Award for best investigative/enterprise reporting.The editorial staff took the top honor for the four-day series “Strapped in Suburbia” that examined the rise of poverty in McHenry County.
Judges praised the series for blending documents, data and interviews to create a compelling examination of an often unnoticed subject.
Mid-sized newspapers include any publication with a daily circulation between 10,000 and 40,000.