Argus staff honored for exceptional work

Diana Hammell/The Caledonia Argus  Emily Bialkowski, Stephanie Schuldt, Pam DeMorett and Brady Ambrose.
Diana Hammell/The Caledonia Argus
Emily Bialkowski, Stephanie Schuldt, Pam DeMorett and Brady Ambrose.

Each year, ECM Publishers, parent company to The Caledonia Argus, sponsors a Better Newspaper and Better Advertising award competition among the group’s 51 publications. Associates from Caledonia were honored in five categories this year during the annual shareholder’s meeting in Coon Rapids on Nov. 18.

Production Manager Stephanie Schuldt and Sales Professional Pam DeMorett brought home three, second-place awards in the following categories: Best Quarter Page or Under Ad – Black and White; Best Half Page and Over Ad – Full Color; and Best Special Section for Home and Garden Spring 2013.

“I’ve always known these two professionals prepare exceptional work each and every day for our clients in Houston County. Such awards are a clear indication that, although we live and work in what is considered a small market, DeMorett and Schuldt produce high-quality, effective campaigns for the businesses we help,” said Emily Bialkowski, general manager/editor for The Caledonia Argus.

“DeMorett is especially adept at helping businesses create messages that bring consumers in the door. She makes growing your business her priority every day.

“Schuldt is a seasoned graphic designer who can bring even the vaguest of ideas to life with vivid artwork and clean layout. The Argus is lucky to have such a talented, in-house designer,” Bialkowski added.

Sports Coordinator Brady Ambrose was awarded a second place in the Best Sports Photography category for an image he captured during the alumni American Legion baseball game.

ECM news director Keith Anderson said, “Brady’s second place award for Best Sports Photography is truly impressive, especially since he was competing against much larger newspapers in the Twin Cities market. Through his photography he is able to capture the raw emotion and character of the athletes who compete in Caledonia.”

Finally, Bialkowski was given an honorable mention in the Writer of the Year category.

“Emily is a gifted writer who helps share the stories that make life in Caledonia so special. She is quite simply a caring and quality journalist. The awards, which included entries from 51 ECM newspapers, demonstrate a deep commitment to quality community journalism,” Anderson said.

The newspaper contest was judged by faculty and alumni of St. Cloud State University, coordinated and managed by Michael Vadnie, just recently retired journalism professor and department chairperson at St. Cloud State.