The Issaquah Press wins 20 service, journalism awards
October 6, 2009
The 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
2nd Education Reporting — Reversing lunch and recess
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