News wins top press award
The Eudora News won the top newspaper award in its division from the Kansas Press Association during the association's annual convention last weekend at the Lawrence Holidome.
The Eudora News received the Sweepstakes Award in the small weekly division during the awards ceremony, meaning the newspaper was the most-recognized publication in its class.
The News won six first-place Awards of Excellence from the association, as well as nine second-place awards, one third-place award and three honorable mentions.
"I am very excited about all of the awards the newspaper received," said Eudora News general manager Theresa Abel. "It is a direct reflection of our staff's hard work and dedication to the newspaper and the community."
Certificates and plaques were awarded to Kansas newspapers Saturday during the KPA's 113th Annual Convention. Ninety-three Kansas newspapers, submitting 3,600 entries, competed in the association's annual Awards of Excellence contest.
The Eudora News received first place for editorial pages, sports pages, and community service in helping spread the word about the town's annual Relay For Life event.
The judges said the editorial pages had good editorial writing and good layout. The sports pages had a good use of photos and good variation to break up the page as well as a clean, crisp feel of the pages.
The News' coverage of the Eudora Relay For Life "went beyond the normal preview coverage," according to the judges. "The Eudora staff becomes hands-on writing several articles, helping organize the event and donating to the auction. A perfect member of the community."
Former reporter Erinn Barcomb's story about the city clerk's of Eudora, "They don't realize the stuff we handle" took first place in government/political writing, as well as her "War paint" youth story about a local teenager team's participation in a paintball tournament.
"An easy read that explains the complex duties of a city clerk," one judge commented. "(It has a) human interest format that explains a function of government and gives a great glimpse of the people who hold/held the job."
The judges said Barcomb's youth story did a good job of reaching its audience -- youth. They said it was one of the few entries that used an appropriate tone.
Former sports writer Adam Hooker won first in sports column writing for "Sports writer runs a mile in cross country's shoes" about his experience running in the local CPA four-mile run.
The judges said it was one of those "don't knock it until you've tried it" articles. They said it had a great lead and was a good flowing column, keeping the reader's interested throughout.
"A nice job expressing your thoughts. Well done."
The News received second place in general excellence, best use of photos, design and layout and public notices. Barcomb's local business story, "Toasting town's Doc Holladay," and the youth story "Circumstances for Pomp" also placed second.
Columnist Paul Thevarajoo took second in column writing and the "Air time" cheerleading photo taken by Elvyn Jones also took second. Former intern Allison Scahill's "Liquid Gold" story about local beekeeper Kevin Snow won second for feature package.
The News won third place in best front page and received honorable mention for Barcomb's education story "School surprise" and for column writing. Sports writer Nate Reed won honorable mention for his sports story, "Team lucky in loss."
The News' editor is Elvyn J. Jones, and the general manager is Theresa Abel. Emily Miller is the reporter. Michele Cleveland is office manager and Avi Elpern is the advertising representative. The News' sports reporter is Nate Reed.