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Awards season

June 16, 2014

Despite being well into 2014, there are still a few items to wrap up from 2013. Awards season in the newspaper business takes place in the spring, and CSI Media was honored with awards from several industry groups in the past few months.

CSI Media, part of Bliss Communications, publishes Walworth County Sunday, the Shopper Advertiser and Geneva Lakes Weekender in Walworth County. We also publish the Janesville Messenger in northern Rock County and the Stateline News in southern Rock County, Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County, Illinois.

In May, CSI Media was named member of the year by the Walworth County Visitor's Bureau at the tourism group's annual meeting and dinner held at Delavan's Lake Lawn Resort.

The award is given to an organization that shows its dedication to the Walworth County Visitor's Bureau through participation, contributions and volunteerism.

On the printing side, CSI Media took top honors from the Great Lakes Graphics Association for its printing of the Spirit Magazine. The publication is one of many commercial jobs printed at our Delavan facility.

CSI Media also won awards of excellence and certificates of merit for our printing of The Woodstock Independent, The Romeoville, Ill., Bugle, the Plainfield, Ill., Enterprise,  the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Royal Purple newspaper and our own Lynn's Place recipe book.

At an award ceremony in April in Green Lake, CSI Media's Walworth County publications received six awards from Wisconsin Community Papers at the trade group's annual convention.

CSI Media was presented with 15 awards for all of its papers.

The awards include:
• General excellence

Stateline News

“This year's competition was very impressive,” the judges wrote. “The Stateline News is very well organized, color reproduction and individual design is very strong. It has headlines and pictures that draw the reader right into the story.”

• Best original writing, feature

First, Ian Gronau, Stateline News, Medical mission to Sudan: Gronau profiled Beloit Health System otolaryngologist Dr. Tom Boeve who traveled on a medical mission to Sudan with the group Samaritan's Purse to repair cleft lips on children.

Second, Margaret Plevak, Walworth County Sunday, Lake Geneva siblings reflect on temple shooting. Plevak shared the story of Amanat and Abhay Singh of Lake Geneva who were at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek the day of the deadly shooting rampage.

Third, Todd Mishler, Walworth County Sunday, Marriage after 70 years: Mishler explored the secret of a long marriage with George and Elma Zinser of Williams Bay, who were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

• Best original writing, news

First, Todd Mishler, Walworth County Sunday, Lake Geneva pushes nuisance ordinance: Mishler investigated the goals and challenges of Lake Geneva's nuisance ordinance.

Third, Dennis Hines, Stateline News, Multi-grade classrooms see resurgence: Hines found that in the small school district of Shirland, Illinois, multi-grade classrooms were a solution to a variety of issues the district faced.

• Website

First,, designed by Paulette Marzahl

Judges wrote, “The home page is clean and easy to navigate. I like the dominant art and entry point at the top, along with the newest content. The categories below are simple and easy to understand.

• Special section

First, Lake Geneva Explorer, edited by Lynn Greene
The judges wrote, “This is a huge directory that will be kept for months. Good photos and clean layout.”

• Special section, inside paper

Third, Stateline News, Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour

• Run-of-the-paper advertising

First, Stateline News, organ and tissue donation community awareness page

Third, Stateline News, bridal community awareness page

• Full-color ad, half page

First, Stateline News, Annabelle's Boutique

Second place, Shopper Advertiser, Stinebrink's “Just Peachy”

• Real Estate, greater than half page

Second place, Stateline News, Beloit Auction

• Health care ad, greater than half page

First place, Walworth County Sunday, Zelko Aesthetics
Dan Plutchak is the editor of CSI Media, publisher of the Janesville Messenger, Walworth County Sunday and the Stateline News. Contact him at [email protected], on or on Twitter @danplutchak