Jennifer, Susie, Julie, Heather
By Jennifer Lane
In March 2020, I entered the Hardin County Independent in the Southern Illinois Editorial Association (SIEA) Better Newspaper Contest. Many months had passed and the SIEA annual meeting, where winners are normally announced, was canceled due to COVID-19. This was our first time entering and I really didn’t imagine that we would place.
In Mid-October I received a package from SIEA with four awards included. Heather and I were pretty excited, surprised, and honored to see that we won in 4 of the 6 categories!
The Hardin County Independent won:
BEST LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE
BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The Hardin County Independent was judged in the Pull Contest. In the Pull competition, newspapers are separated out into four circulation divisions. The Independent fell in the Small Weeklies division and our efforts were judged in six categories. The Independent was judged on the submission of the October 10, 2019 issue, and a week of our choice, May 9, 2019.
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