The Lawrence Journal-World won 35 news and advertising awards, including best website and all three news story awards, in the 2014 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest.
KPA, a group of 230 newspapers formed to promote and improve newspapers, sponsors the annual contest to recognize outstanding work by Kansas newspapers. The 35 contest categories focus on writing, photography, design, special sections, websites, ad concepts, ad design and revenue ideas. In 2014, 69 Kansas newspapers submitted more than 3,000 contest entries.
"It is always an honor to be honored by our peers in the industry with awards for great journalism and advertising," said Scott Stanford, general manager of the Media Division of The World Company, which owns the Journal-World. "We have a great team of people at the Journal-World, and the Kansas Press Association awards are one indicator of that. I'm very proud of our staff."
The Lawrence Journal-World winners:
First place feature story: Sara Shepherd, "'Can't do it alone': KU scholarship winner navigates system for husband disabled by PTSD."
Third place feature story: Sara Shepherd, "Cafe Beautiful."
First place news story: Ben Unglesbee, "Critics bash college social media policy."
Second place news story: Stephen Montemayor, "Couple's fading health preceded shooting death."
Third place news story: Stephen Montemayor, "Eudora home at center of Mexican cartel meth bust."
Second place editorial writing: Ann Gardner.
First place government/political story: Scott Rothschild,"Statement missing from Stegall's nomination document."
First place agricultural story: Sara Shepherd, "Close-knit group."
Second place agricultural story: Peter Hancock, "Dredging plan may become Kansas model."
Second place education story: Peter Hancock, "Setting a new pace in education."
First place column writing: Chad Lawhorn, "Lawhorn's Lawrence."
First place sports story: Gary Bedore, "Bitter end."
First place sports feature story: Tom Keegan, "Little Miss Perfect."
Second place sports feature story: Gary Bedore, "Family Man."
First place sports column writing: Tom Keegan.
First place feature photo: Mike Yoder, "Champagne Spray."
Second place sports photo: Mike Yoder, "Color Run."
First place for best use of photos: Lawrence Journal-World.
Second place editorial pages: Lawrence Journal-World.
First place sports pages: Lawrence Journal-World.
First place special section: Kansas University Spring Basketball Magazine.
Second place special section: Kansas University Basketball Season Preview.
First place feature package: Jon Ralston, "Sitting pretty."
Second place feature package: Jon Ralston, "Air play."
First place design and layout excellence: Lawrence Journal-World.
First place best newspaper website: Lawrence Journal-World.
Second place best political ad: Tom Sloan political tab, Adrian Jacobs.
Third place best entertainment ad: Lawrence.com, Rachel Norlin.
First place best ad series or campaign: Free State Digital, Rachel Norlin.
Third place best ad series or campaign: KUSports.com, Rachel Norlin.
First place best community event ad: Lawrence Bridal Event, Rachel Norlin.
First place best house ad: readership ad, Rachel Norlin.
Third place best house ad: Jayhawk Decade book, Rachel Norlin.
Second place most adaptable promotion: Athlete of the Week, Rachel Norlin.
First place best online ad (motion): Jayhawk Decade pencil ad, Rachel Norlin.