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Better Newspapers Inc. publications win three IPA awards

The Illinois Press Association held its annual convention via the Internet on Friday, Sept. 18.  The virtual presentation honored Illinois advertising and editorial newspaper award winners for 2020.

Two publications owned by Better Newspaper Inc. received awards.  The Mascoutah Herald won third place for Special Sections.  The Times-Tribune of Troy won two awards:  Second Place for Public Notice Journalism and Honorable Mention for Special Sections.

“I’m extremely proud to have such dedicated and professional staff members on our team,” Publisher Greg Hoskins stated.  “We work hard to bring the very best editorial content to our communities every week.”

Editorial was judged by the Nebraska Press Association and included the following critiques:

• Mascoutah Herald (Pamela Rensing) for the 2019 Mascoutah Homecoming special section.  “Good overview of an annual event.  Solid writing and timeline of events.

• The Times-Tribune for the article “Homeowners Voice Concerns About Rezoning.”  “Times-Tribune got its lead for a report about a homeowners’ group that was tracking developments at a former golf course that bordered their neighborhood.”

• The Times-Tribune for the 2019 Focus of Collinsville special section.  “It’s a nice section with a lot of information packed in.  …it’s a good section.”

The IPA normally holds their convention in May but due to COVID-19 concerns, the event was post-postponed.  The IPA headquarters is located in Springfield and represents more than 450 newspapers throughout Illinois.

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