The Issaquah Press earns statewide journalism, social media honors

October 1, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 1, 2012

Bolstered by minute-by-minute coverage from a downtown standoff last year, The Issaquah Press earned top honors for reporting and use of social media — plus awards for photography, design and advertising — at a statewide journalism conference Sept. 28.

Overall, the newspaper and staff members received 25 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The staff earned news, photography and social media awards for coverage during and after a gunman menaced downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011.

Reporter Warren Kagarise earned first place for Best Use of Social Media for documenting the event on Facebook and Twitter.

“I can’t imagine a better use of social media by a newspaper,” a judge wrote. “The interaction with readers during a tense situation kept both the newspaper and the public ahead of the curve when the police couldn’t or wouldn’t let them know what was going on. Bravo.”

Judges also honored the newspaper for special sections.

Lest We Forget, a Memorial Day section dedicated to local veterans, earned first place among Topical/Non-Tourism Special Sections.

The contest recognized Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill and David Hayes, a reporter and designer, for the section.

“Lots of work was put into this section and it paid off,” a judge wrote. “Great job!”

Welcome, Swedish/Issaquah — a section about the opening of Issaquah’s hospital — won first place for Best Advertising Insert.

Sammamish Review, a sister publication, earned second place in General Excellence category among the largest community newspapers in the state. SnoValley Star, another sister publication, earned second place for General Excellence in a smaller circulation group at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention in Yakima.

New York Press Association journalists served as judges for the 2,229 entries from 73 Washington newspapers.

Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest


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Third Place

  • Color Portrait (Human or Animal): Nightmare at Beaver Lake — Greg Farrar
  • Color Sports Photo – Action: Soccer leap — Greg Farrar


Second Place

  • Best Front Page Design — David Hayes
  • Best Sports Page Design — David Hayes

Special Sections

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  • Promotion of Newspaper – Single House Ad — Dona Mokin
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