has won the 2018 Digital Innovation Award for Best R&D Partner from the Local Media Association, or LMA.

The award goes to an LMA R&D partner that has been "been vital in helping local media companies drive new digital revenue or create efficiencies in their operations."

"Driving innovation that delivers tangible results for our local media customers is our top priority," said Brad Ward, CEO of Moline, Illinois-based Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa, became's majority partner in 1996.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by LMA members, and winners were selected by the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

A complete list of the 2018 LMA Digital Innovation Award winners can be found here.

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