2019 EDITOR AND REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Editor of the Year

Chris Coates, Central Illinois Editor for Lee Enterprises (Decatur Herald & Review)

 

Reporter of the Year

Katie Smith, reporter for the Nortwest Herald in Crystal Lake

EDITOR OF THE YEAR

This award will be presented to an individual who excelled in a leadership role at an Illinois newspaper during the 2019 calendar year. This individual may manage the entire newsroom (executive editor, editor, managing editor) or a department (news editor, city editor, sports editor, photo editor).

A nomination must be made by the editor’s supervisor. It can be done electronically with a form on this site, or may be submitted as a letter of recommendation that is no longer than 2 pages in length. Additional letters of support from the editor’s employees may also be submitted.

Submissions should include specific examples of management initiatives, content and readership projects, or community involvement efforts by the nominee during 2019. Nomination forms should be completely filled out online or sent by mail to the Illinois Press Association by Feb. 14, 2020.

Criteria to be considered include how the editor’s work promoted journalism and the newspaper’s brand, impacted the community, and provided newsroom employees the opportunity to grow professionally.

 

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

This award will be presented to an individual reporter who did outstanding work at an Illinois Press Association member newspaper during the 2019 calendar year. This individual may be a news reporter, sports reporter or a photographer, but may not be an editor or supervisor of others.

A nomination must be made by the reporter’s supervisor. It can be done electronically with a form on this site, or may be submitted as a letter of recommendation that is no longer than 2 pages in length. Additional letters of support from the reporter’s peers or sources may also be submitted.

Submissions should include specific examples of the reporter’s work during 2019, including breaking news stories, features, investigative pieces, enterprise news series, opinion columns, digital journalism and photographs. Nomination forms should be completely filled out online or sent by mail to the Illinois Press Association by Feb. 14, 2020.

Criteria to be considered include the community impact of the reporter’s work, and the skills displayed in the examples of reporting, writing, photography and digital journalism.

 

 

NOMINATION FORM

Click here to nominate someone today! Electronic Nomination Form

For additional information or questions, please contact Jeff Rogers, Illinois Press Advertising Service at 217‐241‐1300.

Official nomination forms and letters of recommendation can either be mailed to the Illinois Press Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield, IL 62703 or e‐mailed to jrogers@illinoispress.org by February 14, 2019. You do not have to use the electronic nomination form above, but all of the information on the form must be included with your nomination.