The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday won 14 Suburban Newspapers of America Awards for 2008, the most in the country for the fourth consecutive year.
The Journal-World won seven first-place, four second-place and three third-place awards, and two honorable mentions.
First place honors were:
• Best Special Section for KU Today, Terry Rombeck, features and special sections editor, and Christy Little, assistant features and assistant special sections editor.
• Best Editorial Page, Ann Gardner, editorial page editor.
• Best Graphic Artwork (supporting news content), Karl Gehring.
• Best Sports Writing, “Casting A Wide ’Net” by Jesse Temple.
• Best Feature, “Gray Matters” by Jon Niccum, entertainment editor.
• Best Front Page, for pages designed by Kim Callahan, day copy editor.
• Best Sports Section.
Second place awards:
• Best Coverage of Aging Issues/Senior Citizen Lifestyles, “Unexpected Destination” by Karrey Britt.
• Best Young People’s Coverage, “Rap Session” by Niccum.
• Best Sports Photo.
• Best News Photo.
Third place awards:
• Best Editorial Writing by Gardner.
• Best Sports Writing, “Football and the Game of Life” by Matt Tait, high school sports editor.
• Best Coverage of Investigative Reporting, “Disability Backlog Creating Hardship” by Christine Metz, projects reporter.
The Journal-World was named SNA’s Newspaper of the Year in its circulation category in 2007 and 2005, and placed second in 2006.
Suburban Newspapers of America is composed of 2,000 newspapers across North America.