Archive for Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Signal wins big in KPA contest

April 24, 2002

It was time for a repeat for the Baldwin City Signal at the Kansas Press Association's Annual Convention in Wichita Saturday. For the second year in a row, the Signal won the sweepstakes award in its division.

The sweepstakes award goes to each paper in its division that scores the most points in the contest. This year, the Signal had five first-place finishes, five second places, 10 third places and three honorable mentions.

"We're thrilled to have won the sweepstakes award again," said Jeff Myrick, Signal editor/publisher. "It's proof that we are providing the best possible newspaper we can to our readers and advertisers."

First-place awards went to Myrick for editorial writing (Police probe answers needed), sports feature writing (Black has eventful overseas trip) and special section (Maple Leaf Festival). Don Gladhart won first in sports photography (It was time for a quick start). Also judged as best in the division was the Signal's Web site at

"I was really pleased for Don to win," said Myrick. "He's one of several photographers that shoot pictures for us on their own. It was good to see one of them win with one of their submitted shots. It's contributions like that from people in town that help make the Signal what it is.

"I was also happy that our Web site was recognized," he said. "There's a lot of work that goes into that and I know it's been extremely popular. The traffic we have at the site is phenomenal and people are especially fond of SpeakOut!, our on-line community forum."

Myrick also pointed to the efforts of Kristen Dymacek, Signal staff writer, as important to winning sweepstakes again. Dymacek had two individual second-place finishes (feature writing and youth coverage) and a pair of third-place finishes (feature photography and photo package).

"Kristen has been a great addition to the staff," said Myrick. "To place like that in her first year shows real talent. Of course a big thank you also goes to our office manager, Karen Wooge, who keeps us both going."

The awards:

The Signal's First-place KPA list

1. Sweepstakes (overall division winner)

2. Editorial writing, Jeff Myrick, Police probe answers needed

3. Sports Feature Writing, Jeff Myrick, Black has eventful overseas trip

4. Sports Photography, Don Gladhart, It was time for a quick start

5. Special Section, Jeff Myrick, Maple Leaf Festival

6. Web site,

The Signal's other awards

Feature writing (second place), Kristen Dymacek, Rusk has seen it all

Local business coverage (second place), Jeff Myrick, Commercial comes in

Youth coverage (second place), Kristen Dymacek, 10 twins equal double vision

News and Writing Excellence (second place), Jeff Myrick and Kristen Dymacek

Sports Photography (second place), Earl Richardson, Baldwin High's Eric Brown

News writing (third place), Jeff Myrick, BHS junior improves to fair condition

Column writing (third place), Jeff Myrick, Election has brought needed change

Personal column writing (third place), Jeff Myrick, Christmas time and more pie

Sports writing (third place), Jeff Myrick, Ottawa steals BHS Christmas

Feature photography (third place), Kristen Dymacek, A memorable Maple Leaf Festival

Photo package (third place), Kristen Dymacek, The Maple Leaf Festival

Best use of photos (third place), Jeff Myrick and Kristen Dymacek

Sports pages (third place), Jeff Myrick

Special section (third place), Jeff Myrick, Progress Edition 2001

Sports writing (honorable mention), Jeff Myrick, Bulldogs finally chase off Wildcats

Photo package (honorable mention), Kristen Dymacek, BHS homecoming

Editorial pages (honorable mention), Jeff Myrick

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