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Echo Press earns five awards in national contest

The Echo Press recently earned five awards from the National Newspaper Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest. They include best headline writing, first; best newspaper website, first; best sports story, first; best feature series, second; and excellence in typography, honorable mention. (Photo by Celeste Edenloff, Echo Press)

The Echo Press recently received five awards in the National Newspaper Association's 2016 Better Newspaper Contest (BNC).

Following are the awards presented to the Echo Press:

• Best headline writing, daily and non-daily, first place.

• Best newspaper website, daily and non-daily, first place.

Judges' comments: "This site has a lot of quality content to offer and it is easy to find. Responsive homepage design fosters a sense of community by prominently displaying an Area Voices module, packaged with local columnists ..."

• Best sports story, daily and non-daily, circulation of less than 9,000, Eric Morken's "Today's Athlete," first place.

Judges' comments: "A nice bit of enterprise amidst a category filled with the usual stuff. Nicely sourced and written."

• Best feature series, daily and non-daily, circulation of 6,000 or more, Tara Bitzan's Cemeteries of Douglas County six-part series, second place.

Judges' comments: "The ambitious detailed story is a keeper with shelf life for this community. The layout is great, the research deep and the maps help. There is much to learn."

• Excellence in typography, daily and non-daily, honorable mention.

Judges' comments: "Creative interplay of typography and imagery, resulting in eye-catching and engaging page layouts. Used more white space than some, to your advantage, helps the reader's eye flow through the page."

The awards will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 24 at a BNC Awards Breakfast in Franklin, Tennessee.