The Gaylord Herald Times’ editorial department received six awards in the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) 2010 Editorial Contest. The Herald Times competed in the Class-A non-daily newspaper category with a circulation of up to 8,000, with the exception of sports, which was judged against all sports submissions.
The Herald Times took first place in the category of “best front page.” Frank Michels, design editor for the Herald Times, is responsible for the layout of those pages.
First-place honors also were awarded for “best continuing coverage” for stories on Otsego County’s consideration of building a new animal shelter. Those stories were reported by staff writers Michael Jones and Chris Engle.
The Herald Times’ sports department placed third in the category of “best sports section.” Sports Editor Jeremy Speer, assistant Jim Ryan, photographers Bill Serveny and others, NASCAR columnist Mike McCourt, and outdoor columnist Engle all contribute to the section.
Third-place in “best in-depth reporting” was awarded for Engle’s package of stories and photos on training and construction taking place at Camp Grayling to prepare National Guard soldiers for a modern battlefield.
Third place in “best breaking news” was awarded for the paper’s coverage of the I-75 plane crash.
An honorable mention for “best news photo” was awarded for Engle’s picture of a fatal crash on M-32.
SNA named the Herald Times “Newspaper of the Year” in 2007.