The De Pere Journal received four editorial awards, including a first-place honor, in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation's 2012 Better Newspaper & Advertising Contest.
The state awards were presented Friday night, March 1, at Madison Marriott West.
De Pere Journal editor Todd McMahon earned a first-place award for Sports News Story in the weekly newspaper division.
The story was on West De Pere High School then-senior quarterback Jay Tollefson's selection as Wisconsin's high school football player of the year by The Associated Press in December 2011. The headline was "Tollefson stands out as Wisconsin's best."
Comments made by members of the Missouri Press Association, which judged the entries in this year's Wisconsin newspaper contest, about the story included: "Enjoyable story about a hard working athlete that deserves the ink. Very well written and would even be appreciated by those that aren't sports fans."
The Journal also received a second-place award for Sports Pages and third-place awards for All-Around Newspaper Photography and Breaking News Coverage, the latter of which for a story by McMahon on a family murder-suicide in De Pere in February 2012.