The Issaquah Press wins 20 service, journalism awards

October 6, 2009

By Staff

wnpa-press-dec-24,2008-p1The Issaquah Press has been recognized for its community service with a second place award in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at its 122nd annual convention Oct. 2.

The Community Service Award was for efforts by The Press to rally the community to feed the hungry.

The Press initially did a comprehensive story in fall 2008 about empty shelves at the Issaquah Food Bank, then kept the story going with publicity of many groups who started food drives to meet an urgent need. The Press also donated advertising space for a Harvest Dance that raised $14,000 for the food bank. The news coverage was complemented with supporting editorials.

Press staff members received 19 other journalism awards.

The 2008 Ohfishal Salmon Days Program, published by The Issaquah Press, won first place in the special sections/festivals category. This is the second consecutive year the Salmon Days program has won first place. The Issaquah Living magazine also was a repeat winner in the special sections/lifestyle category.The Press staff swept the education-reporting category with first, second and third place honors.

Sammamish Review, a sister publication of The Press, took the state’s highest honor in community journalism earning first place in general excellence.

Overall, there were more than 2,300 entries from 80 publications. The Press and the Review both compete among the 28 largest circulation community newspapers in Washington.

WNPA Better Newspaper Contest winners

2nd Community Service — Rallying to feed the hungry News staff

1st Special Sections/ Festivals — 2008 Salmon Days Guide All staff

2nd Special Sections/ Lifestyle — Issaquah Living Magazine All staff

3rd Special Sections/ Cover design — Parents Guide Dona Mokin

1st Education Reporting — Enrollment by cultures, colors

Chantelle Lusebrink

2nd Education Reporting — Reversing lunch and recess

Chantelle Lusebrink

3rd Education Reporting — School pet policy

David Hayes, Kathleen R. Merrill

2nd Breaking News — Dognapped Cookie returned David Hayes

2nd Environmental Reporting — Urban beavers Jon Savelle

2nd Business Reporting — Spicy idea/BaconSalt David Hayes

2nd Personality Profile — Home plate maestro Bob Taylor

3rd Personality Profile — Wounded warriors Jim Feehan

2nd Lifestyle Feature — Train show James Spung

3rd Lifestyle Feature — We live in a salad Jon Savelle

3rd Investigative Reporting — Contaminated school land Chantelle Lusebrink

1st Front Page Design — Dec. 24, 2008

Debbie Berto, David Hayes

2nd Sports Page Design — Dec. 3, 2008 Kathleen R. Merrill, David Hayes

3rd Feature Page Design — A moment in time David Hayes

1st Sports Action Photo — Friendliest rivalry ever Greg Farrar

2nd Photo Essay — Salmon Days 2008 Greg Farrar

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