SPRINGFIELD – The MidWeek was honored with the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy on Sept. 17 at the Illinois Press Association’s virtual convention. The trophy is awarded to the best large, nondaily newspaper in Illinois.
The recognition was in addition to the 11 previously announced awards in the IPA editorial contest for work completed in 2019, including four first-place honors for reporter and photographer Katrina J.E. Milton.
More than 120 daily and nondaily newspapers competed in 40 editorial categories. The contest was judged by members of the Nebraska Press Association.
The Sweepstakes Trophies are awarded to newspapers earning the most points in six different circulation divisions. Points are awarded for first place through honorable mention in most contest categories, including general excellence, photography, news writing, opinion writing, design, community service and editorial page.
Milton received five awards for feature writing and six for photography.
Her first-place writing awards included a Valentine’s Day story about local couples making their way through the ups and downs of marriage and a personality profile of DeKalb resident David Minor and his “toy museum.”
Milton’s photo of a child enjoying the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade took top honors in the feature photo category and a photo of Cameron Simpson, a Northern Illinois University student who renovated a model of the Haish House in DeKalb, took first in the personality portrait category.
The Will Loomis Memorial Trophy was established in 1949 by the Cook County Suburban Publishers Association in memory of William W. Loomis, former publisher of the LaGrange Citizen.
The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents approximately 440 daily and weekly newspapers.