REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Three-peat award is readers' win

You win. In your hands is a newspaper produced by members of your community for our community. For the third straight year, t
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May 9, 2010

You win.

In your hands is a newspaper produced by members of your community for our community. For the third straight year, the Sandusky Register earned the best newspaper in the state distinction from the Associated Press, one of just five newspapers out of 66 in Ohio that competed in the AP annual best journalism contest to win the general excellence category.

"Sandusky is an example of how a paper should be, regardless of size or division," the AP judges commented. "The Register showcases itself with a sophisticated look, top-notch reporting, a skilled photo and graphics staff and a knack to pull it all together."

In a rapidly changing world, readers rely on the Register to put it on the page and tell the story of our communities. The face of the newspaper the past 10 years has transcended just the printed copy you hold today and now encompasses multiple websites, e-mail newsletters, Facebook and soon text messaging. The mission has not changed, though, and that is to bring you our region's most important news of the day.

The prestigious award, and we acknowledge being self-serving in writing about it, focuses on the news part of the "news"paper and recognizes the contributions of our journalists and editors by name. What it doesn't do is speak to an organization that employees 123 area residents and engages another 176 for delivery. It takes the combined efforts of this team to bring the Sandusky Register and all its associated products to you each day.

We are honored to have received AP's General Excellence award a third time. We are more honored by the 63,000 people who vote with their coins and home-delivered subscriptions each day. Your ballots count the most, but its nice to see that AP agrees with you.