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The Buffalo News received five awards of excellence from the Society of News Design for the newspaper's 2004 redesign, as well as improvements in other sections.

The society, which co-sponsors the awards with the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, received 15,000 entries from all over the world. The awards recognize excellence in newspaper design, graphics and use of photographs.

The News won an award for overall newspaper redesign, which The News did in conjunction with the introduction of new presses last spring.

The redesign, by Buffalo News Design Director John Davis, was an effort to enhance the paper's organization, consistency, readability and attractiveness to readers, and to make optimum use of the presses' new color capabilities.

The News received an award for its NFL Monday section, which was redesigned from a tabloid format to a broadsheet focusing on the Buffalo Bills and the NFL, starting with the 2004-2005 NFL season.

The design of the new Arts & Entertainment section, which replaced the Arts & Books section on Sundays, was also honored, as was Escapes & Getaways, which replaced the Travel section. Finally, artist Philip Burke's paintings for First Sunday magazine were honored in the illustration portfolio category.

The awards will be given at the group's annual convention in October in Houston and will be displayed in the Society of News Design's "The Best of Newspaper Design" book to be released later this year.

The society, founded in 1979, has 2,500 members in 54 countries and is dedicated to improving design and news presentation in all media.

Other newspapers winning multiple awards include the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, El Mundo of Madrid, Spain, the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant, the San Jose Mercury News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Toronto's National Post.

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