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Times garners two premier corporate awards

The Times Media Co. has won two President’s Awards and is one of three enterprises in the running for Enterprise of the Year within Lee Enterprises.

The Times, a division of Lee Enterprises, won an Innovation Award for its pioneering work in digital marketplace initiatives and an Exceptional Achievement Award for other digital initiatives, including its customer call center for Lee media companies throughout the nation.

The Times will learn if it has been selected as Enterprise of the Year on November 5, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily Herald, of Provo, Utah, being the other nominees.

“Regardless of whether or not we are chosen as No. 1, the fact we have been recognized as one of the top three newspapers in Lee is quite an accomplishment,” said Times Publisher Bill Masterson Jr. “Our employees can be very proud, especially under the tough economic conditions we are competing in.”

The Lee President’s Awards recognize outstanding journalism, exceptional achievement, innovation and spirit among all 53 Lee media companies. In all, 24 teams and individuals were recognized this year.

“These awards honor wonderful achievements ranging from watchdog reporting to digital innovation to community leadership,” said Mary Junck, Lee chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Those achievements, and the many others that were nominated, clearly underline our indispensable role in all of our 53 communications companies as, by far, the primary source of local news, information and advertising in our markets.”

The Innovation Award earned by The Times recognized development of searchable advertising listings.

“We ended up hitting a home run and providing a new and inexpensive solution for our advertisers and leveraged the powerful reach of our electronic products,” Masterson said.

The Exceptional Achievement Award was earned by The Times for growth in digital advertising revenue, its national customer service call center, its innovative ad production studio, and its beta work on implementing a newly developed Total Content Management System front-end editorial software.

Those projects have created jobs at The Times and kept other jobs from being outsourced, Masterson said.

“We all know of companies that have decided to outsource work to other places such as India, but we are insourcing this work to Indiana,” Masterson said.

Employees recognized and sharing in the Innovation Award are Chris Loretto, Lisa Daugherty, Kathryn Hepko, DeeDee White, Melissa Mayer, Ami Reese, Chris Keller, Deanna Stevens, Seth Kramer, Chris Mallonee, Alison Roper and Becky Wensel.

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