Signal shines at annual KPA contest
The Baldwin City Signal won its third consecutive Sweepstakes Award at Saturday's Kansas Press Association Annual Convention in Topeka. Sweepstakes signifies that the Signal is the best newspaper in the state in its division.
"We're delighted that our peers have recongized our work as the best in the state for the third straight year," said Jeff Myrick, Signal editor/publisher. "But it's our readers and advertisers in and around Baldwin City that really matter. We're extremely pleased for them to again have the state's best paper."
The Signal won 10 first-place awards, including the prestigious Sweepstakes Award. That matches the totals from two years ago when the Signal won for the first time.
Other first-place awards came in: Agricultural Writing (Myrick); Local Business Coverage (staff writer Kristen Dymacek); News and Writing Excellence (Signal staff); Sports Photography (Myrick); Photo Package (Dymacek); Editorial Pages (Myrick); Special Section (Myrick); Feature Package (Dymacek); and Best Newspaper Web Site.
"I was extremely happy for Kristen's work to be recognized. They were her first awards for first place in the contest and show that she's doing an incredible job," said Myrick. "The awards for News and Writing Excellence and Best Newspaper Web Site also are especially nice."
Second-place finishes for the Signal were Feature Writing (Dymacek) and Best Front Page. Third-place awards were for: Editorial Writing (Myrick); Sports Writing (Myrick); News Photography (Dymacek); Design and Layout Excellence (Signal Staff); and General Excellence (Signal Staff).
The honorable mention selections were: Feature Writing (Dymacek); News Writing (Myrick); Youth Coverage (Dymacek); Sports Writing (Myrick); Sports Photography (Myrick); and Sports Pages (Myrick). A complete listing of the awards with titles are on page A-8.
"We're pleased to be in the No. 1 position again, but we know we'll have to work just as hard this year to keep the tradition going," said Myrick. "We will do that. That's what it's all about. Our office manager Karen Wooge typifies that with all she does that doesn't get the same recognition. But, we know very well what she means to the operation. We're all commited to providing Baldwin City with the best in the business. That will never change."