• L&T staff report
Sixty-eight newspapers throughout Kansas were represented last weekend at the annual Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence convention in Manhattan.
Though the Leader & Times came up short of the sweepstakes award in the news and editorial division in the small daily classification, the L&T did win the top spot in the state in the advertising division by bringing home its Sweepstakes Award.
The sweepstakes in the KPA small daily division editorial category was won by the Ottawa Herald.
Judging of all entries was done by newspaper publishers, editors, photographers and designers belonging to the New Jersey Press Association.
L&T advertising staff managed to win 10 first-place plaques, 8 seconds and six thirds. Staff responsible for designing the ads included composing manager Trevor Feldhausen, graphic designer Tasha Booth, classifieds and business manager Denasa Rice, advertising staff Ron Davis and Lora Hershey and L&T Publisher Earl Watt.
Ads winning top places in advertising were designed for Fashion Tree Boutique, Right Path, Dario Beltran, Wind Energy Roundtable, Mid-America Air Museum, Flower Basket, Mosaic and an L&T house ad. The ads in the L&T Progress Issue were also picked as best in state for 2013.
Other ads honored for second or third places were built for Brenneman Funeral Home, Scantlin Furniture, Stu Emmert, Sunflower Bank, Liberal Family Chiropractic, Extreme Fitness, Nick Hatcher, Lana Gudgel, The Corner Bakery, L&T Web ads, Celebrate Dad’s Big Day and Bisteca Steakhouse.
In the editorial division, Watt won two first-place plaques for an education article – “From worst to trendsetter” – and for “Smith hits biggest shot” in sports writing.
L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips won first in editorial writing. Phillips also won a second in headline writing, with Watt also taking third-place in that category.
Reporter Rachel Coleman earned two second places, one in sports feature writing and one in feature package, and she won a third in religion writing – “The Glory Bus.”
Reporter Robert Piece won a third in the Best Environmental Story category with his piece on “Fuel from Straw.”
The paper also won several overall awards: Seconds in Best Use of Photos, Editorial Pages, Community Service Project (for the Christmas Parade), and for overall Web site.
The paper won third-place certificates for Design and Layout Excellence and Best Online Feature Story.
“We take pride in working to produce award winning stories and advertisements,” Watt said. “We are humbled that the New Jersey judges believed our ads were the best in Kansas. We simply try to live up to the high expectations our community expects by striving to produce a daily newspaper that meets our customers expectations. The ultimate judges are our advertisers and subscribers.”