Register-Mail 2nd best among its peers in Illinois

From The Register-Mail:
The Register-Mail was named second-best small daily newspaper in Illinois Thursday night. And our website was ranked the best among our peers.

The newspaper picked up 16 awards in the annual Illinois Associated Press Editors Association contest Thursday night. Assistant Editor Jay Redfern, Local News Editor Rob Buck and I attended the awards dinner in Springfield. The Register-Mail has earned 16 awards in the contest each of the previous two years as well…

Also, congratulations to Ryan Sweikert, who, as a student at Knox College, put together a series on Nicholas Sheley, who is accused of a murder spree that included a Galesburg victim. We published his series, developed with the help of Knox Journalism Chair Marilyn Webb, which earned third place in the Enterprise Series category. Ryan went on to work as the newspaper’s weekend reporter before moving to Chicago. Ryan is the second Knox College student to win an award for The R-M in recent years. Matt Wheaton won a third place award in 2009.