DECATUR — The Herald & Review has won 15 statewide journalism awards from the Illinois Press Association.
In the Creative Use of Multimedia category, the paper won first-place for its "Safety on the small farm" series, which examined issues in the Central Illinois agriculture community.
The newspaper also received the top honor for Best Website.
Other awards were in the categories of:
- Government beat reporting, to former reporter Ryan Voyles, second place
- Single page design, second place
- Community service, for the farm series, third place
- Local editorial, third place
- News reporting, to former reporter Tom Lisi, third place
- Personality profile, to reporter Valerie Wells, third place
- General news photo, to photographer Clay Jackson, third place
- Sports section, third place
- Knight Chair Award for Sustained Investigative Journalism, third place
- Knight Chair Award for Best Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, third place
- Editorial rookie of the year, to reporter Jaylyn Cook, fourth place
- Sports feature, to reporter Joey Wagner, fourth place
- Story series, agriculture, for the farm series, fourth place
Other awards will be announced at the IPA conference in Springfield next month.
Earlier this month, the Herald & Review was awarded six honors in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2018 newspaper contest and was named one of "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" by the trade magazine Editor & Publisher.