CK Reporter, Bremerton Patriot papers earn WNPA awards

The Central Kitsap Reporter and the Bremerton Patriot newspapers received a number of awards in the 2013 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper contest including a third place in General Excellence for the Reporter newspaper. The awards were announced last Friday at the WNPA’s annual conference.

The Central Kitsap Reporter received third place honors in General Excellence for circulation category group four, those papers having a circulation of 12,751 and larger. This is the second year in a row that the Reporter has been named a paper of excellence.

On the news side, Reporter Kevan Moore took a second place in the category of Best General Short Feature Story for his story on “Revved up and ready, track opens.” The story was about remote controlled race cars running on a tennis court and was published in the Bremerton Patriot.

Former reporter Wes Morrow won a third place in the Best Color Feature Photo for his photograph of “A Joyful Sound” which was published in the Port Orchard Independent and depicted a marching band under the lights.

Graphic artist Bryon Kempf and publisher Sean McDonald placed second in Special Sections for the “United Way 75th Anniversary” section that was published in the Central Kitsap Reporter.

In the Best Section Cover category, Kempf won second place for “Balance: Sound Fitness and Health Guide” and third place for “Armed Forces Festival 2012 Festival Guide”.

On the advertising side, Kempf won a first place for Best Use of Color in an ad half-page or larger for an ad for Caldart Heights.

Kempf and recently retired ad salesman Wayne Nelson won a first place for most effective use of a small space in an ad for a floor company titled “If you fall, I’ll be there.”

Kempf won a second place for a multiple advertisers ad, for his ad titled “Good things for the holidays.”

And Kempf and ad saleswoman Rita Nicholson placed third for Best Use of Color, full page ad, for an ad for Pacific Liquor.

“It’s great to see our staff be recognized for the work that they do,” said editor Leslie Kelly. “Every day we work with our readers in mind — what is it that they need to know to be better informed and be better consumers. But it’s nice to stop once in awhile and realize that we have some very talented people working here.”

Members of the Tennessee Press Association served as judges this year. There were more than 78 newspapers that took part in the competition and more than 1,100 individual entries in the news competition.

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