The Daily Chronicle placed first in its division for the 2020 Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest.
The Division 1 General Excellence prize was awarded to the Daily Chronicle for receiving the most recognition – 19 awards, including six first place – in its category.
On May 5, the IAPME announced its newspaper contest awards. On Wednesday, a virtual award ceremony held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic announced those publications which received a general excellence award.
The individual awards included three first-place awards for the Daily Chronicle's sports team. Sports Editor Eddie Carifio took first in the sports column category, while Carifio and former Sports Reporter Kaleb Carter took first for their work heading up DC Preps, the Twitter site for countywide sports coverage. Carifio also took first for best use of social media by an individual, and Carter took second in that category.
Carifio was awarded in the sports feature category and sports breaking news, as was Carter for his article honoring the late Barb Barrett at Volley for a Cure.
Daily Chronicle Editor Kelsey Rettke took first in the features category for her story on DeKalb native and disability activist Melissa Blake.
Former General Manager Eric Olson took first for his spot news photo of the apartment fire which ravaged St. Alban's Green in July of 2019, and was also awarded along with Kane County Chronicle News Editor Aimee Barrows for coverage of the blaze in the breaking news category.
Photo Editor Mark Busch took the most awards, with seven total, including a first place win in the Sports Feature Photo category for his wrestler of the year. Busch also got third in that same category for state champions.
Busch won awards in the sports action photo category, two feature photo awards, an award for portrait or personality, and was recognized in the general news photo category.
The Chronicle also took home awards for editorials, including former Managing Editor Kevin Solari in the column or blog category, along with Olson for editorial writing.