Sentinel takes home top prize
The Basehor Sentinel received the top award Saturday evening during the annual Kansas Press Association's Awards of Excellence contest.
Powered by 11 first-place awards -- the most in Sentinel history --the newspaper was awarded the Press Association's Sweepstakes award, which goes to the newspaper accumulating the most points for contest entries.
Sentinel editor John Beal accepted the Sweepstakes award at the press association's annual convention Saturday in Overland Park on behalf of the staff.
"It was one of the proudest moments of my career," Beal said. "These awards are the Oscars of Kansas journalism. It's always nice to be recognized by your peers."
The contest was judged by members of the Arkansas Press Association.
In addition to winning the Sweepstakes, the newspaper also received first place awards for the following categories:
- News and writing excellence ; "Whether its features or hard news, the writing style of Basehor's reporters is original and interesting," a judge said.
- Design and layout excellence; "Has look and feel of a daily," the judge said.
Judges also awarded The Sentinel second place awards for best front page and general excellence as well as a third place award for best use of photos.
Individual Sentinel staff members were also recognized Saturday evening.
Sports editor Matt Tait, photographer Kevin Anderson and reporter Joshua Roberts each received several individual first place awards.
- Sports writing, for a story by Tait about the resignation of former Basehor-Linwood football coach Paul Brown.
- Sports feature writing, for a story written by Tait about old trophies at the high school.
- Sports column writing, also by Tait, for a column written about Brown following his resignation.
- News photography, for a photo by Kevin Anderson of a 2003 bond issue gathering.
- Photo package, also by Anderson, for an arrangement of photos documenting the process by which a pyrotechnic crew goes through before igniting a July 4 fireworks display.
- Feature writing, for a story by Joshua Roberts about Basehor resident Mike Bilyk.
- News writing, by Roberts, about an area man killed at Pearl Harbor, whose remains were positively identified 60 years later.
- Series writing, by Roberts, for stories covering the May 2003 tornadoes that struck Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
- Government coverage, by Roberts for a story on a meeting of local municipalities discussing the future of the Kansas Highway 7 corridor.
Anderson and Roberts also placed in other categories.
- Anderson received second place awards for feature and sports photography, third place awards for news photography and photo package and an honorable mention for news photography.
- Roberts received second place awards in feature, education and sports column writing, third place awards in news writing and local business coverage, and honorable mention in news writing, series writing, government coverage and column writing.