Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

News wins Kansas Press recognition

April 26, 2007

The Kansas Press Association had its 115th Annual Convention April 19-21 in Topeka.

More than 80 Kansas newspapers competed in the association's annual Awards of Excellence contest. Members of the Missouri Newspaper Association judged the entries.

The Eudora News competed in the non-daily division I category with circulation of 1,750 or less.

The News earned three first-place plaques; eight second-place awards; seven third-place awards and two honorable mentions.

The News received first place for news and writing excellence as well as Patrick Cady's series on the Eudora pool "Failing through the cracks" and for Joel Reichenberger's sports column writing.

"All the stories were very well written. Each lede made me want to read more. Eudora residents should be proud of the coverage you provide," the judges said.

Cady's series had "excellent depth," according to the judge. "The reporting was solid and easy to follow in Patrick's stories. Also the bond special would have been very helpful to the readership. Good community journalism."

The judge said Reichenberger's sports columns "do a good job of combining the action, emotion, fun, etc., of high school sports."

Second-place awards were given for best use of photos, design and layout, best front page, agricultural story, photo illustration, feature package, infographic and public notices.

The judges said the paper was "especially good at capturing the action in sports. The layout and general interest is very good. Actually, this submission was very close to a tie for first place."

Pictures "brought the front alive" in the best front page category. The judges said the page had a good feel and was easy to navigate and the paper "has the look of a much larger paper."

Elvyn Jones' story on "Plow Day" took an "interesting look at the world of antique tractors. Good story-telling and photos."

In Reichenberger's photo illustration "Filling in the holes," the judges said he "took an old concept and applied it to today's news. Cutouts made reader take note. Created interest in 'holes' the team was facing."

Cady's infographic on "$3.8 million question" was a "good example of what a graphic can become with only a little effort. The info box was a good touch."

The News received third place for headline writing, editorial pages, sports pages, Web site, Cady's education story on all-day kindergarten, one of Reichenberger's football photos, and in the infographic category. The News earned two honorable mentions for Cady's feature story "Mothers help put face to autism" and his business story "Liquor stores escape six-month hangover."

"Our staff works hard each week to put out a quality newspaper for the community," general manager Theresa Abel said. "I am very proud of the staff's accomplishments and dedication."

The News' editor is Elvyn J. Jones. Joel Reichenberger is the sports editor/reporter. Patrick Cady is the reporter. J.J. De Simone is a sports reporter and Mike Sierra is the advertising representative.

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