Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2006

News wins Kansas Press awards

April 27, 2006

The Kansas Press Association had its 114th Annual Convention April 20-22 in Wichita.

Ninety Kansas newspapers, submitting 3,200 entries, competed in the association's annual Awards of Excellence contest.

Members of the Arizona Newspaper Association judged the entries.

"I am very proud of our staff," general manager Theresa Abel said. "We work hard week after week and are dedicated to the newspaper and community."

The News received first place for its Web site and for Joel Reichenberger's sports story "'Invisible' boys take competitors by surprise" about the Eudora High School boys cross country team.

The judges said "the author created an interesting angle for the story and presented it in a very entertaining and compelling fashion."

The Web site has a "very clean design and navigation" and plenty of local news and community information," the judges said.

The local newspaper received second place in editorial pages, public notices and sports pages. Reporter Patrick Cady's religion story "Reclaiming history" also took second as well as Chad Lawhorn's health care campus story.

The judges said Cady's religion story was informative and included "a description of burying old prayer books in a spiritual place."

Lawhorn's story was "a complete story that offers a nice lead," the judges said. "Effective that this story had been out for a few days. Good job of explaining importance to community and covering all the angles."

The sports pages had a "nice variety of sports stories, lots of briefs and scores.

"Great use of large photos on the front page, but all the photos throughout were clean and attractive."

The News won third place in best front page, best use of photos, editorial writing and the series writing about Eudora Recreation director Bobby Arnold's job.

The judges liked the series writing because it was "a series detailing Eudora's process to appoint certain city positions -- and how a petition drive (and probably stories from this series) influenced a city council's decision on retaining certain employees."

The judges said it was well written and each story was explained well and readers didn't necessarily have to read an earlier story in the series to thoroughly understand the issue.

Theresa Abel's "In blooming fashion" took third for agricultural story.

"Here in Arizona these plants grow wild, yet I learned a lot about them from the story," the judge said.

Former reporter Emily Miller's "Tea for two" won third place in feature package and Jared Soares' sports photo "Cardinals hold off Eagles" also took third. In addition, Nate Reed's sports feature story "Sole survivor" took third.

Miller's government/political story on "Retail liquor may be in store for Eudora" and Cady's religion story "Finding friends in faraway places" both earned honorable mention.

The News' general manager is Theresa Abel. The editor is Elvyn J. Jones. Joel Reichenberger is the sports editor/reporter. Patrick Cady is the reporter. Michele Cleveland is office manager and Mike Sierra is the advertising

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