The Iowa Press Assn. judged thousands of photos, writing samples and page designs from 1998 submitted by Kansas journalists.
The Journal-World received several awards in this year's Kansas Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest, including first place in general excellence.
The awards were presented Saturday afternoon during the KPA's annual convention in Wichita.
Newspapers entered in the general excellence category are judged on quality and content from the front page to the back page.
Judge Bill Day said of the Journal-World, "The paper has an excellent design. ... Features are interesting, well-written and a pleasure to read. News doesn't simply focus on traditional beat reporting but stretches out to find new interests. Overall, a very good paper."
"It's very significant," said David Furnas, executive director of the KPA. "It shows the judges from the Iowa Press Assn. thought the Journal-World was the best newspaper (in the larger circulation category) in general content."
Members of the Iowa association judged Kansas newspapers in the contest this year.
The contest, open to all newspapers in Kansas, was for newspapers produced in 1998.
J-W Deputy Editor Bill Snead said, "We're excited with the results, and it's terrific that several of the awards recognize the daily efforts of our entire newsroom, along with everyone in the building who each contribute in some way to producing our newspaper."
Following were categories and awards won by the J-W and its staff:
- General excellence -- first.
- Design and layout excellence -- first.
- Special sections -- first.
- Best use of photos by a newspaper --first.
- Sports pages -- first.
- Feature writing, Tim Carpenter -- first.
- Sports writing, Andrew Hartsock -- second.
- Sports feature writing, Andrew Hartsock -- second.
- Sports photography, Earl Richardson -- second.
- Sports writing, Gary Bedore -- third.
- Sports feature writing, Andrew Hartsock -- honorable mention.
- Feature package, Tim Carpenter and Earl Richardson -- second.
- News writing and excellence, Journal-World -- third.
- Spot news, Chris Koger/Michael Dekker -- honorable mention.
KPA is comprised of 50 daily newspapers and 184 weekly newspapers with active membership, along with more than 100 collegiate, associate and affiliate members.