The Issaquah Press earns statewide journalism, social media honors
October 2, 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.”
Kagarise garnered first-place honors in Best Crime and Court Story category for a piece about clues to gunman Ronald W. Ficker’s coming standoff with police, and first place in the Best Personality Profile – Long category for a profile of local Iraq war veteran Rory Dunn and his mother Cynthia Lefever, a tenacious advocate for veterans.
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 July 2011 section about the opening of Issaquah’s hospital — won first place for Best Advertising Insert.
Sammamish Review, a sister publication, earned second place in the 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