Sentinel staff members earn awards
The Basehor Sentinel was honored Saturday evening in Wichita with nine first-place awards in Kansas Press Association's annual Awards of Excellence contest.
In addition, the Sentinel's editor, Caroline Trowbridge, was elected president of the statewide newspaper group. Trowbridge has been editor of the Sentinel for a year. She is also editor and publisher of The Mirror newspaper in Tonganoxie, a position she has held for more than six years.
"I was extremely pleased that all of our hard work was honored in a very competitive contest," Trowbridge said. "It's gratifying that, when judged against our peers, the Sentinel fares very well."
Trowbridge noted that the work of reporter Joshua Roberts earned three individual honors.
Roberts recently took a job at a sister newspaper of the Sentinel in Craig, Colo.
Lara Hastings has joined the Sentinel staff, covering Basehor and southern Leavenworth County.
"We'll all miss Josh, but I know that Lara will do a wonderful job for us," Trowbridge said. "The Sentinel readers deserve a top-notch reporter such as Lara."
In the KPA contest, Roberts' work was recognized with several first-place honors. Roberts won first in the government/political story division for a story on Linwood's new mayor. Here are the judge's comments: "Fun profile of the new mayor. Big local impact for this little town. Compelling writing style. Unique take on election coverage."
Roberts' series of stories on the death of Jared Moore, a firefighter who was killed on his way to an accident, earned first-place honors. The judges said this about Roberts' work: "An in-depth, well-researched and well-documented story. ... The reporter made great use of the one-on-one interviews as well as public documents/records to tell the stories."
And Roberts' story on the anniversary of the death of John "J.T." Thornton, a Basehor-Linwood teacher. The judges said, "Interesting, entertaining and very compelling. The story is difficult to put down once you begin reading it. The author has a very creative and descriptive writing style that gives you a much better understanding of his subjects and their surroundings."
Kevin Anderson's photography also caught the judge's eye. Anderson's image of a Basehor Bobcat football player on the run from a Bonner Springs defender earned a first.
And his photo package from Fourth of July events also took first. The judges said, "Simple but effective design. Tight edit, highest quality photos out of any of the other essays."
Anderson and Trowbridge also earned top honors in the best use of photos competition. The judges said, "Good play on section fronts and photo pages. Photo pages were tightly edited, leaving out weaker photos and cleaning up the layout. Nice visual variety from portrait to news to feature."
Trowbridge's work was also noted in the Sentinel's first-place award for design and layout. The judges said, "Front pages show good use of typography, photos and white space. Design is pretty clean and consistent through the inside pages."
In addition, the judges awarded a first to Trowbridge in the best front page category. The judges said, "Hands down the best designed paper in the category. This designer understands what dominant art is. Period. Bold, active headlines; breakout boxes and quotes make this paper easy to navigate and engaging for the readers."
The staff also earned a first in the news and writing excellence division. The judges said, "Engaging headlines, stories that give the readers the what, so what and now what. Also a great story mix gives the readers hard news and good news. Just a great community paper and a fun read."
The Sentinel also earned second-place honors in the youth and feature story categories; and third-place awards for feature photo, best newspaper Web site, news story, local business story and sports pages.