Lake Stevens Journal receives outstanding number of awardsReaders receive a Grade A newspaper JOURNAL STAFF The Lake Stevens Journal won an unprecedented 14 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers’ Association (WNPA) state conference last week in Yakima, including four first place honors.
“I’m extremely proud of our staff. We endeavor to provide the best product we can possibly provide to the greater Lake Stevens area, and it is nice to be recognized for our efforts,” said Journal Publisher Desiree Cahoon.
The Journal’s take was evenly split between the editorial and advertising departments with seven awards in each division. In the editorial department, former Managing Editor Kevin Hulten received six awards, including first place in the category of investigative reporting for his two-part piece on the pending Cedar Springs Bible Camp tenant evictions.
Art Director Shane Kantzer took home five awards, including first place in the categories of Best Single Promotional Ad and Best Special Section for his work on the Evergreen State Fair program guide. Graphic Designer Brendan David Butler received two awards for his work in advertising production.
Journal photographer Rob Carlson was awarded for his work in the category of sports action photography, and Eric Fergen received first place in the category of freelance contribution for his posthumously-published column entitled “Eric’s Charge: Live life without reservation”.
In addition to his first place awards, Kantzer placed in the following categories: Best Use of Color Process in an Ad, Best Single Ad, and Best Special Section (Aquafest). In addition to his work in investigative reporting, Hulten took home awards for Best Single Page Design, Best News and Feature Headlines, Best Long-form Feature Story and Best Agricultural Story.
Cahoon said she couldn’t remember a year in which the Journal received more accolades.
Journal Editor Pam Stevens attended the awards ceremony, and said that Journal readers could expect more of the same award-winning product at the relatively cheap price of free.
The WNPA judges newspapers in four categories based on circulation. With a circulation in excess of 17,000, the Journal judged in Category IV against the papers with the largest circulations in the state.
For links to the stories and photography honored by the WNPA, visit the Off the Record blog at www.lakestevensjournal.com.