CLINTON — The Clinton Journal received two Illinois Press Association awards this past week during the IPA’s annual awards banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza hotel, in Springfield.
The Journal competes against Illinois Division A newspapers, which have a circulation of 3,000 or less.
In the editorial competition, Journal editor Gordon Woods received a third place award in the Government Beat Reporting class for his coverage of the Wapella Village Board.
“This was fun to read,” wrote one judge in comments. “The writing was concise and the writer was apparently not afraid to report what I am sure did not make him popular. The fraud piece (referring to a story about the attempted bank fraud against the village) was interesting as well and showed the reporter’s range.”
In the advertising competition, Journal advertising representative Susan Muñoz received a fourth place award for a State Bank of Lincoln full page ad she helped design.
“Devoting a full page for an image is rare these days,” wrote one of the judges. “This ad presents the values of the bank and its commitment to the community. The designer resisted the urge to fill the white space, instead focusing on the message of the client.”
This was Muñoz’s first IPA award. Woods won a first place award in 2012 for an editorial he wrote about the battle over the Clinton Landfill expansion permit.