The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association held its 132 Annual Meeting over the weekend of Oct. 10-12. During that time, the organization’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest award winners were announced. The Journal and Sounder together won 13 awards this year.
Both publications are part of Circulation Group 1 which is for publications with up to 2,500 subscribers. The contest period was from April 1, 2018, until March 31, 2019, with special sections being accepted until May 31, 2019.
• First place in Editorial, “What can the Exxon Valdez teach us about the Salish Sea?” by Mandi Johnson.
• First place in Personality Profile, Short, “‘Adrift’ | Local author’s book hits big screen,” by Heather Spaulding.
• Second place in Front Page Design, “A ‘Tail’ of Love,” by Tate Thomson.
• Third place in Environmental Story, “San Juan islander to discuss saving moon bears in Asia,” by Heather Spaulding.
• Third place in Personality Profile, Long, “Seattle DJ confesses he broadcasts from San Juan Island,” by Heather Spaulding.
• Third place in Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers of Detective Parker by Cali Bagby and Hayley Day.
• First place, Color Portrait, “Leopard loves a Bunny,” by Colleen Smith.
• First place in Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers of Eric Kulp by Colleen Smith, Heather Spaulding and Hayley Day.
• Second place in Environmental Story, “When a school loves a maple,” by Colleen Smith.
• Second place in Personality Profile, Short, “Sometimes being a dad means dressing up as a unicorn,” by Colleen Smith.
• Second place in News Story, Short, “San Juan County employee saves capsized Orkila teens,” by Mandi Johnson.
• Second place for Color Feature Photo, “Fall is in the air,” by Colleen Smith.
• Third place in Editorial, “Don’t report Crime on Social Media,” by Colleen Smith.
• Third place, Lifestyle/Culture Special Section for Weddings in the San Juans.