Advocate staffers pick up awards at KPA banquet

January 25, 2004

LEXINGTON - The Advocate-Messenger staff picked up seven first-place awards at the Kentucky Press Association's annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest awards banquet Friday in Lexington.

The first-place awards, combined with one second place, two thirds and eight honorable mentions, led to a Third Place General Excellence Award for the newspaper, which competes in the Daily Class 2 category. That category includes newspapers with a circulation between 10,001 and 25,000.

The Mississippi Press Association judged the competition in mid-November. In all, 95 Kentucky newspapers entered 4,504 entries in the contest.

John Nelson, The Advocate's managing editor, was installed as the KPA's new president.

Award winners for The Advocate included:

First Place

General News Story, Emily Burton, for her July 1 Lincoln County fair article about the childhood sport of pedal pulls. One contest judge said her use of detail made them feel like they were really at the fair. "I visualized every event."


General News Picture, Clay Jackson, for his Sept. 11 picture of Frank Hall as he left a federal courthouse in handcuffs. Comments from judges said the photo had good detail and "really captured the convicted's mood."

Sports Picture Essay, Clay Jackson, for his picture essay on Centre's July soccer camp. "Some excellent shots," said a judge.

Sports Page/Section, Larry Vaught/Jane Cox/Staff, for their March 20 page on UK basketball's Erik Daniels and Tubby Smith. "Fantastic sports page! In a category filled with entries this one stood out for its concentration on what's important, the local story. Great mix of game stories, feature, columns and eye-catching headlines plus pictures. A real keepsake for your local readers!" said judges.

Business/Agribusiness Page, Jane Cox and John Davis, for their multiple pages on a local coffee shop and others. A judge wrote, "Design is clean and really pops. Excellent use of white space and art heads. Overall great work."

Lifestyle Page, Staff, for multiple pages, including a June 22 page about decorated herons that benefited Herrington Lake. "Fabulous layout, use of graphics and photos! Stories also very interesting and well written. Great job," said a judge.

Front Page, Jane Cox/Staff, for multiple pages, including the Sept. 11 page on the trial of Michael Hays and the alleged drug ring in Gravel Switch. Judges said the pages had "great local stories and photos in a pleasing package. Good use of graphics, too."

Second Place

Special Sections, Staff, for what judges called a "perfect combination of locally produced copy, art and graphics." The award was for the 2003 college football preview featuring Derek Abney.

Third Place

Feature Story, Allison May, for her March 18 story on Iraqi refugees in Danville. Judges said, "This is the side of the story we don't hear very often and you told it well. Great work!"

Investigative Story or Series, Liz Maples, for her multiple stories on local job loss. Judges wrote, "Great job in putting a face on a tough issue, job loss. Puts a human face on this growing economic problem."

Honorable Mention

Feature Story, Emily Toadvine, for a July 6 article on items left behind in hotel rooms. Judges wrote it was an enjoyable read "because it's definitely something you can relate to always and wonder about. Great job!"

Sports Feature Story, Emily Toadvine, for her bowling feature on Jan. 12, 2003. Judges said, "A good story about bowling, an overlooked sport."

Enterprise or Analytical Story, Gary Moyers, about the dangers pedestrians face in downtown Danville. "An excellent local piece," said a judge.

On-Going/Extended Coverage Story, Liz Maples and Allison May, on several articles about City Manager Steve Biven. It was called "insightful" by judges.

Business/Agribusiness Story, Emily Toadvine, on Jan. 5, 2003's "Get Fit" story about personal trainers.

Feature Picture, Clay Jackson, for a Sept. 18 picture of Woodlawn Elementary's butterfly launch.

Graphic, Jane Cox, for a peeled apple in "Peeling for Pies," a Sept. 24 story.

Business/Agribusiness Section, Christina Cathcart, for a page on Aug. 3 that included a story about the Southfork Treasure House.

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