Press association recognizes The Current
Current sportswriter Chris Wristen and the newspaper's Web site have won top honors in the Kansas Press Association's 2006 Awards of Excellence competition.
Wristen took first place in the for his sports column, "Under the Lights," and the newspaper's Web site, lansingcurrent.com, was named the best Web site in the nondaily mid-size newspaper division.
The awards were presented Saturday, April 22, in Wichita at the association's 114th annual convention.
Judges said of Wristen's entry, "All the columns submitted were well written, well organized and entertaining. The author used his column to add depth and background to several of his newspaper's top sports stories that week (that were also published on the same page). If a team captured a local championship or faced severe challenge, he used his column to bring out the personalities and human spirit behind the players and coaches."
Of The Current's Web site, judges said, "Excellent Web site. Plenty of locally focused news, easy to navigate and lots of additional content, including blogs!"
In addition to the first-place honors, the Current also placed in several other categories.
The newspaper took second place in design and layout excellence, in editorial writing and in editorial pages. Third-place honors went to Katie Kritikos for her series taking a look at the 2005 school bond referendum; to Wristen for his sports feature story about former Lansing High School coach Earl Johnsmeyer, "Remembering a Legend"; and to the newspaper staff for its Lansing DAZE special section.
Wristen also was given honorable mentions in the youth story and sports story categories.