The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has won a 2013 Associated Press Media Editors' (APME) Journalism Excellence Award for the Pulitzer Center-supported "Paper Cuts" series. The Pulitzer Center supported the international reporting conducted by Journal-Sentinel staff writer John Schmid and photographer Mike De Sisti that resulted in the multi-part print and online series. The series won in the APME award's International Perspective category (for newspapers with over 150,000 circulation).
The 2013 APME International Perspective Awards is given to Associated Press and Canadian Press member newspapers for "outstanding coverage of international news for local readers." In its criteria, APME states that these awards "recognize newspapers that provide effective and thoughtful coverage of world events for a local audience."
"Paper Cuts" has received a variety of other awards including a first place for integrated storytelling from the Society for Features Journalism in its SFJ Excellence-in-Features awards, and first place for explanatory reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for its Best in Business award. It also was a two-time finalist for the Loeb Award in the categories of explanatory and online journalism.
In announcing the Best in Business award, the Society of American Business Editor and Writers wrote of "Paper Cuts:" "A well-told story that got even more interesting as it moved from the lay of the land in Wisconsin to the state of the art in China. It’s a rare piece that we could explain with equal enthusiasm to colleagues around the office and a 15-year-old. Trees that grow to maturity in six years! Machines that crank out as much paper in a week as the entire state of Wisconsin in a year! And a lovely portrait of Wisconsin’s by-gone industry and its feisty modern-day champion."