Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Current wins state awards

April 26, 2007

The Lansing Current and its staff received five first-place awards and 15 awards overall in the Kansas Press Association's Awards of Excellence contest.

The awards were presented Saturday in Topeka at the Kansas Press Association's annual convention. The five first-place honors marked the most for The Current in its three years of operation. Earlier this year, The Current took second place in the Inland Press Association's Best Non-Daily Newspaper, marking the newspaper's first national award.

"It's an honor, both for our staff and for The Current, to receive such recognition," said John Taylor, the newspaper's editor.

In the Kansas Press Association contest, staff member Chris Wristen took first place in sports column writing and headline writing. Of Wristen's column entries, one judge wrote, "Writing quality brought entry to the top."

Sam Knowlton was a first-place winner in the news photography category for his Memorial Day photo at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The judge's comments noted, "Excellent news photo and great color reproduction. Photo played nice size. Sam Knowlton knows how to use a camera."

Other first-place finishes for The Current included an information graphic by Karl Gehring about back-flow devices on hot water heaters and a photo illustration by Taylor accompanying the paper's 2006 Year in Review.

The Current also won second-place awards in youth story, by Tricia Masenthin; news story, by Masenthin; news photography, by Knowlton; editorial cartoon, by Dick Cameron and Cathy Croley; and best Web site.

Third-place finishes by the The Current were registered in sports story, by Wristen; and best front page.

The newspaper also received honorable mentions for news story, religion story and sports feature story.

Three of The Current's sister publications, The Mirror in Tonganoxie, Basehor Sentinel and the Lawrence Journal-World received recognition at the state press association for being the top newspapers in their circulation classes.

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.

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