The NewsTribune won first place national writing and photography/design awards in the Inland Press Association's 2009 Newsroom Contest.

Photographer Amanda Whitlock and news editor Craig Sterrett were awarded first place in the "Picture Use" category for their work done on images from "Election Day." Judges included the following comments: "A good collection of images from Election Day. Good editing places them into a story that moves from early in the day to the end of the election. Good coverage of an event that happens often, but does not always get covered well."

Reporter Kevin Caufield won first place in the "Personality/Individual profile stories" for his profile of accused killer Keith Mackowiak titled "Profile of an accused killer."

Whitlock began at the NewsTribune in September 2008. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with degrees in journalism, specializing in photojournalism and English, specializing in creative writing. She currently lives in Peru, and is originally from Rantoul.

Sterrett, a 1987 graduate of the University of Iowa, has resided in the La Salle-Peru area for 20 years and has served as NewsTribune news editor for 10.

Caufield began at the NewsTribune in December 2003. He has won several regional, statewide and national journalism awards. In 2001, he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an external specialty in history. He lives in Peru with his wife, Alison, and is originally from Bay City, Mich.

Inland Press Association is a national not-for-profit press association with 1,126-member newspapers from all 50 states, Canada and Bermuda. The NewsTribune competed with newspapers in the 10,000-25,000 circulation range, except in the photography/design contest which is not split into circulation categories.

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