The Garden City Telegram news department won 14 first-place awards en route to repeating as the News-Editorial Sweepstakes winner among daily newspapers in its division of the 2016 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest.
The Telegram’s advertising department added three first-place awards to give the newspaper 17 total first-place awards in the daily II division, which includes daily newspapers in Kansas with circulations of 3,801 to 9,400.
The awards were presented Saturday in Overland Park at the KPA’s annual convention.
“It’s gratifying to see recognition of the tremendous job our newsroom does every day,” Editor-publisher Dena Sattler said. “Staff members in the newsroom and beyond have done terrific work in better positioning The Telegram as a print and digital source for news and advertising. The awards received when measured against our peers in Kansas are proof.”
Multimedia Producer James Dobson won four individual news awards with wins in the feature and sports photography categories, as well as the best online news and feature videos categories. Creative Services Supervisor Jared Powers took first place in the best automotive and specialty ads categories.
Sattler took first place in the editorial and column writing categories.
Other individual winners in the news competition were Staff Writer Angie Haflich in feature writing, Sports Writer J. Levi Burnfin in sports column writing, News Editor Scott Aust for headline writing and Photographer Brad Nading for best environmental portrait.
The news staff also fared well in several design categories, taking first place in editorial pages, sports pages, special sections and feature package.
The Creative Services Department also took first place for best fashion ad.
The newspaper’s news and advertising departments also took a combined 21 second-place awards and 13 third-place awards.
The Telegram’s Harris Enterprises sister papers, The Hutchinson News and the Ottawa Herald, also won sweepstakes awards in their respective daily newspaper divisions. The Hugoton Hermes won the advertising sweepstakes award in non-daily division I.
Also during the convention, Rod Haxton, editor and publisher of the Scott County Record, was presented the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award.
Haxton’s career began when he was a 7-year-old printer’s devil for his father’s newspaper, The Glasco Sun, and later at newspapers in Hugoton and Greensburg. The family purchased the Kinsley Mercury in 1974, where he became the managing editor in 1975 at just 19 years of age. He soon purchased the newspaper and remained owner/publisher until 1992.
In 1993, he founded the Scott County Record in Scott City and continues as owner/publisher.
“If there’s one thing that I hope characterizes what we bring to our newspapers, it would be a passion for our community. We like to boast of our community’s accomplishments and yet, when necessary, we also recognize our responsibility to expose our faults in hopes we will make the necessary changes and become better for it,” Haxton said.
Other highlights from the convention included:
• Ralph D. Gage Jr., longtime executive with The World Company and its flagship newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World, and Joe Berkely, founder and long-time publisher of the High Plains Journal in Dodge City, became the latest members of the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Gage, a native of Ottawa and 1964 graduate of the University of Kansas, served in several capacities through the years with the company. He was a reporter, managing editor, assistant to the publisher, general manager and chief operating officer in his more than 40-year career in Lawrence.
Berkely bought a failing Dodge City weekly in the late 1940s and transformed it into one of the nation’s premier farm publications. He built the paid circulation of the publication from just 132 when he started to more than 50,000.
• Gloria Freeland was given the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award for her career as a Kansas State University professor and also as director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.
• Amelia Arvesen and Jodie Garcia of the Ottawa Herald won the Murdock Award, given annually for outstanding journalism efforts aimed at local issues.
• The Topeka Capital-Journal won the Boyd Community Service Award for its project in support of volunteerism in Topeka.