Sentinel wins sweepstakes award
The Basehor Sentinel was named the top newspaper in its circulation class in the state in the Kansas Press Association's annual Awards of Excellence competition.
The Sentinel and its staff picked up 15 awards, including six first-place finishes, in 25 categories, plus the prestigious sweepstakes award.
Ninety Kansas newspapers submitted more than 3,200 entries for this year's competition. The awards were handed out Saturday night at the annual Kansas Press Association convention in Topeka.
"These awards, especially the sweepstakes award, help tell us we're doing a good job in providing interesting and informative news to the readers of The Sentinel," said John Taylor, editor. "This is something we take great pride in, and we hope the community does, too."
The Sentinel's individual first-place awards went to:
- Joshua Roberts for his feature story, "Hemingway's Curse," which also won first place as the best feature package
- Kevin Anderson for his feature photo, "BLHS grads bid farewell."
- Matt Tait and Anderson for their photo package, "Karate kids."
- Caroline Trowbridge for her investigative piece, "School board meets privately with staff."
The newspaper also won first place honors for best design and layout.
Second-place awards won by staffers were: Lara Hastings, investigative story; Trowbridge, best series; Hastings, youth story; Roberts, education story; Roberts, sports story; Matt Tait, sports feature story; Anderson, feature photo; Anderson, sports photo; Anderson and Tait, photo package.
Third-place individual awards were won by: Hastings, business story; Tait, sports feature; and Anderson, news photo.
Honorable mentions went to: Trowbridge, news story; Hastings, religion story; and Andy Marso, sports story.
The Sentinel's sister publication, The Mirror in Tonganoxie, also won a sweepstakes award as the best overall newspaper in its circulation category, as did the Lawrence Journal-World.
Also at last week's convention, Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor of the Journal-World and chairman of The World Company, was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday by the Kansas Press Association.
Simons joins his father, Dolph Simons Sr., and grandfather, W.C. Simons, in the 100-member hall of fame.