House notes: Two seconds and an honorable mention

Editorial cartoonist Charles Story (Editorial Cartoon) and former columnist Phil Pash (Sports Column) placed second, and photographer James Thompson (Feature Photo) received an honorable mention in the Illinois Press Association’s (IPA) 2005 Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards, which are given annually and recognize the top achievements by newspapers and their staff, were announced at the IPA’s 140th Annual Convention Oct. 13-14 at Springfield Hilton Hotel. The Rock River Times competed against other IPA non-dailies with a circulation of more than 10,000 newspapers. Members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association judged this year’s contest.

Story’s second-place finish marks the second time he has been recognized in the competition. He received an honorable mention in the same category last year.

Pash and Thompson were recognized for the first time.

Pash’s “Great Outdoors” and “Simply Sports” columns were both submitted in the Sports Column category, although the IPA did not distinguish which one was recognized.

Thompson was awarded honorable mention in the Feature Photo category for his photograph of the Peking Acrobats from the Feb. 16-22, 2005, issue.

The Rock River Times is in its second year of membership to the IPA, which with more than 600 daily and weekly newspapers from throughout the state, is the largest statewide press association in the country.

Staff writer Jeff Havens and former staff writer Molly Fleming were recognized along with Story last year, which was the first time The Rock River Times entered the competition. Havens placed second in the News Reporting Series for his series “Stewardship in Question: A series examining RVC leadership,” and Fleming placed second in the Reviews category for her reviews of local music.

For more information about the IPA or the Better Newspaper Contest, visit the IPA’s Web site at

From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue

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