Issaquah Press honored
October 8, 2013
The Issaquah Press was named the best paper of its size in the state at the 2013 Washington Better Newspaper Contest at its annual awards dinner Oct. 4 in Olympia.
“Offers the strongest news for readers; has more going for it than other entrants — community news, hard news, clean, timely editorial pages and an advertising department that knows how to use color, messaging and design to entice action,” the judges’ comments said in awarding The Press first place in the General Excellence category. “Clear winner in this group.”
The Press competes in the 12,501 highest circulation category. Seventy-eight newspapers entered the contest.
The Press also won first-place awards for Lest We Forget, its annual veterans section, in the Topical Special Section category. The paper also won a second-place award for Special Events/Festivals Special Sections for its 2012 Salmon Days guide.
Reporter/page designer David Hayes won first-place awards for Best Front Page Design in The Press’ circulation category and Best Feature Page Design in all newspapers competing.
Reporter Christina Corrales-Toy won first place in the Best Sports Personality Profile category for her story about Dan Braillard, the longtime voice of the Liberty High School Patriots, who died last October.
Photographer Greg Farrar won a first-place award in the Color Feature Photo category for his photo called “Littlest graduates.” He also won a second-place award in the Color Sports Photo – Feature category for a photo at the annual Gravity Car races.
Ad Design Director Dona Mokin won a first-place award for Community Service Advertising for all newspapers competing, and second place for Use of Clip Art in an Ad in The Press’ circulation category.
Production Manager Breann Getty won two second-place awards for Most Effective Use of Small Space and Use of Process Color in advertising.
Former reporter Lillian O’Rorke won two awards — second and third places — for Best Personality Profile – Long and Best Personality Profile – Short.