Junction City The Lawrence Journal-World won the top newspaper award during the Kansas Press Association's 2008 Awards of Excellence Saturday night at the Courtyard by Marriott.
The Journal-World received KPA's Sweepstakes Award in recognition for winning the most awards in its newspaper division.
The Journal-World also received 22 first-place, eight second-place and nine third-place awards and four honorable mentions.
The Bonner Springs Chieftain, a weekly also owned by The World Company, won the sweepstakes in its division.
First-place Journal-World winners:
¢ News Story: "Backlog makes for a long wait" by Christine Metz.
¢ Investigative Story: "Parking lots a target" by Metz.
¢ News Series: "Mining's legacy: A scar on Kansas" by Thad Allender and Mike Belt.
¢ Editorial Writing and Editorial Pages: Ann Gardner.
¢ Government/Political Story: "Roberts to push lab effort" by George Diepenbrock.
¢ Religion Story: "Gone but not forgotten" by Terry Rombeck.
¢ Feature Story: "Kathy's long journey" by Bill Snead.
¢ Sports Story: "Beyond a doubt" by Ryan Wood.
¢ Sports Feature Story: "The venerable Venable" by Tom Keegan.
¢ Headline Writing: Susan Roberts.
¢ Feature Photo: "Graduation" by Mike Yoder.
¢ Sports Photo: "Jayhawks OK against pass" by John Henry.
¢ Photo Package: "For a little town like this, it's a big deal" by Allender.
¢ Photo Illustration: Allender.
¢ Special Section: KU Today, edited by Christy Little.
¢ Feature Package: "24 Hours in the life of Lawrence" by the staff.
¢ Infographic: "Arctic academics" by Karl Gehring and Metz.
The Journal-World also won first place for News and Writing, Design and Layout, Best Front Page and Best Newspaper Web site.
Receiving second-place awards were Chad Lawhorn for Local Business Story and Sports Feature Story; Scott Rothschild for Government/Political Story; Erin Castaneda for Youth Story; Katie Kritikos for Headline Writing; Nick Krug for Sports Photo; Allender for Photo Package; and the Sports staff for Sports Pages.
Receiving third-place awards were Karrey Britt for Feature Writing; Lawhorn for News Series; Mark Fagan for Local Business Story; Gary Bedore for Sports Story; Matt Tait for Sports Feature Story; Krug for News Photo and Photo Package; Yoder for Feature Photo; and the staff for Best Use of Photos.
Receiving honorable mentions were Fagan for Government/Political Story; Jon Niccum for Youth Story; Andrew Hartsock for Sports Feature Story; and the staff for a special section on retiring in Lawrence.