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Sentinel-News takes 24 awards

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Seven first-place citations from the Kentucky Press Association

By The Staff

The Sentinel-News won 24 awards, including seven first-place citations, among multiweekly newspapers in the annual judging by the Kentucky Press Association.

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The awards, presented Friday night in Lexington at KPA’s annual awards banquet, was for work published between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013 and covering 28 individual categories.

Staff Writers Lisa King and Todd Martin won two first-place awards apiece, the staff won two and Editor Steve Doyle took one. The newspaper also captured 10 second places – including in the coveted General Excellence category – six thirds and one honorable mention.

King won for the fifth time in six years in the highly competitive Investigative Reporting category for a series of stories on crime trends in Shelby County – she also took third in that category for her work on the death of teenager Jackleen Lane – and she won first (and second) in Best Business/Agribusiness for her work on key agricultural trend stories.

Martin dominated the design categories, taking first and third places in Best Front Page Design and Best Feature Page design. He also took second and third in Best Business/Agribusiness page design.

The staff took first places for Best Special Section for its annual inspection of Shelby County’s horse industries and for Best Sports Special Section for its annual preview of the Shelbyville Horse Show. It also won a second place in Best Web Site.

Doyle won first place for Best Sports Column – with Sports Writer Josh Cook second in that category – for a series of columns.

“I’m proud of our staff for the quality work they done on a consistent basis,” Publisher Kerry Johnson said. “We have been in the top three papers of our size for six years running. That shows our commitment to our readers.”

Said Doyle: “Contests aren’t everything in this business – readers are – but they help to validate that our efforts are being well-received. We want to do the best work we can, and we think KPA is a very competitive barometer.”

Among other honors received:

  • Doyle won second place in Best Editorial (for a portfolio of editorials) and with King shared second place for Best Ongoing/Extended Coverage for the stories and editorials about Jackleen Lane. He also won second in Best Sports Section design and thirds for Best Editorial Page and Best Graphic.
  • In addition to placing for his columns, Cook took second in Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature Story and honorable mention for Best Sports Picture.

Among the judges’ comments was this about Martin’s award-winning entries in Best Front Page:

“The front page must draw the reader in, saying ‘Hey, Joe, Read Me!’ which is exactly what the photos, stories and graphics of The Sentinel-News do. Readers of The Sentinel-News have to enjoy the variety given to them, because if you can go from politics, state championship football, a knife attack, an investigation into the destruction of historical markers and an announcement of 150 jobs, what else in life is there? The Sentinel-News has got you covered, and its presentation in doing so is just the draw that pulls readers in to great photography, solid writing, a neat layout style and variety.”

KPA presented first-place General Excellence winners awards (in various circulation and frequency categories) to the Todd County Standard, Grant County News, The Jessamine Journal, The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown, The Madisonville Messenger, Bowling GreenDaily News, LexingtonHerald-Leader, Chevy Chaser Magazine in Lexington and the College Heights Herald of Western Kentucky University.

A complete list winners is available at http://www.kypress.com.