<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2010 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers


Category 1 - Best Editorial
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Give the editorial board here points for taking a stand against smoking on campus in two states with a rich tobacco history and a divided student body. Beautifully written and argued.
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Josh Raymer
The excellent format where the issue is stated clearly followed by the paper’s view leads into a nicely done piece that takes a clear side but offers ways to mediate the controversy.
Third Place
Murray State News
Jodi Keen
Editorial shows deep and long thought about this issue, raising point after point that should have been discussed before the program started but clearly wasn’t.
Category 2 - Best Spot News Coverage
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Cassie Herrington
Good coverage in the next day’s edition of a controversial speaker’s appearance on campus.
Second Place
Murray State News
Crystal Akers
Well written and thorough account of the second arrest of a stalker suspect. The story uses multiple sources to describe the circumstances, the state statute on stalking, potential penalties, and campus resources to help stalking victims.
Third Place
Murray State News
Laura Cash
The lead entices readers into a well written story about an e-mailed bomb threat.
Category 3 - Best General News Story
First Place
College Heights Herald
Spencer Jenkins
Great lead and selection of quotes.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Austin Schmitt
This story gives balance to a debate that can often be one-sided.
Third Place
Murray State News
Laura Cash
Great selection of quotes. You get a sense of his energy and his humor.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky Kernel
Roy York
This story does a wonderful job of providing background on the debate while covering the spectacle of the protest.
Category 4 - Best Feature Story
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Elijah McKenzie
This story does a great job of balancing in-depth reporting and human aspect of the crime.
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Katherine Wade
Wonderful use of quotes. You really get this woman’s voice and spirit from the story.
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Chris Rutledge
Excellent command of news writing style. Tasteful prose.
Honorable Mention
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
Just great writing. you took a weird topic and made a story. I couldn’t put it down.
Category 5 - Best Column
First Place
Eastern Progress
Steve Thomas
Insightful. Draws the reader in quickly.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Wesley Robinson
Well written. Nice variety that includes a depth of realism.
Third Place
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
A fun, interesting read.
Category 6 - Best Sports Column
First Place
Murray State News
Ricky Martin
Martin’s columns, often written in first person, stand out because of his interesting writing style and choice of subject matter.
Second Place
Eastern Progress
Darren Zancan
No game rehashes or routine player interviews for Darren Zancan. Zancan’s columns inform and entertain readers with material they won’t find elsewhere on the sports pages.
Third Place
Murray State News
Steve Miller
Kudos to The News for publishing an outdoor column and for the good fortune of having Steve Miller to write expertly about topics that appeal to a large segment of the paper’s audience.
Category 7 - Best Sports Story
First Place
Murray State News
Elizabeth Johnson
Writer puts the reader in the bleachers. Great lead, very good descriptive writing, good job telling story of the game without play by play.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Ben Jones
Unique approach to lead, great job of capturing the “flavor” of the game.
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Brad Stephens
Good interpretative writing.
Category 8 - Best Sports Feature Story
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Whitney Spencer
Whitney breaks the rules, but it works! Writing in the first person was a real risk, but in this case made this an engaging feature.
Second Place
Murray State News
Elizabeth Johnson
Interesting subject for the feature and well written.
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Nick Craddock
Unique and enjoyable.
Category 9 - Best Enterprise or Analytical Story
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Katie Saltz
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Andrew Pillow
Good interviews about Elizabeth Street area.
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Emily Ulber
A nice look into President Gary Ransdell’s way of doing business.
Honorable Mention
College Heights Herald
Mandy Simpson
Category 10 - Best Investigative Story or Series
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Brian Shlonsky, Becca Clemons, Taylor Moak
Good series approached from a variety of angles and sources, showing not only Todd’s accomplishments but unfinished business left behind. Nice job of balanced reporting.
Second Place
Murray State News
Jake Wardius, Elizabeth Johnson
Impressive job of gathering statistics on a problem prevalent on many college campuses. A well written piece.
Third Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Maggie Varner, Michael Kennedy
Wow! At least the forgery didn’t over paint Three dogs playing poker.
Honorable Mention
Murray State News
Crystal Akers
Category 11 - Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Katie Perkowski, Laura Clark, Austin Schmitt, Landon Antonetti
Great job of covering this from all angles from hard news to editorials. Wonderful photo. I like that you used a graphic to ID the series throughout.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Great investigative aspect with Craft’s contributions. Top-notch design on the “Great Divide” story. I like that you followed up about the public comment rules.
Third Place
Murray State News
Elizabeth Johnson, Crystal Akers, Laura Cash, Nick Reside
Well written stories. You make state budgets and funding issues accessible to all readers.
Honorable Mention
College Heights Herald
Shakia Harris, Emily Wadley
Good, thorough coverage of the issue. I loved the timeline. You did a great job of explaining the benefits.
Category 12 - Best Business/Agribusiness Story
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Lindsey Gilpin
A poignant story well told about sadly increasing trend!
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Becca Clemons
Good story with a lead that should help the business attract new customers.
Third Place
Eastern Progress
Laura Butler, Lindsay Huffman
Very well researched piece about an important issue. Good use of multiple sources.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky Kernel
Brian Shlonsky
Good story on a timely topic.
Category 13 - Best Headline
First Place
Eastern Progress
Laura Butler
Clever main headline and read out head fit the story perfectly. Good job!
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Katie Saltz
Third Place
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
Category 14 - Best Spot News Picture
First Place
College Heights Herald
Ben Severance
Good initiative in going after a close-up in a danger zone.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Allie Garza
Good composition and close up on this protest shot.
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Zack Brake
Good breaking news photo marred by serious underplay/over cropping. Your composition, framing and clarity are good.
Category 15 - Best General News Picture
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Allie Garza
Terrific framing, composition and lighting with focus on Hallie Lane made me smile the minute I saw this!
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Alex Slitz
Good close-up of a too-often repeated poignant scene and it’s clear you moved in close to capture this crisp, clear photo. Not easy for a professional photographer!
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Zack Brake
Good composition and framing
Honorable Mention
College Heights Herald
Luke Sharrett
Good composition framing of a photo. You should clearly ID everyone visible in photo.
Category 16 - Best Feature Picture
First Place
Murray State News
Ricky Martin
Beautifully shot and tightly cropped photo demonstrating endurance of this ROTC student in this exercise. Excellent work!!
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Ben Severance
Neat pic shot from a great angle to illustrate the story well. Inspiring photo for equally inspiring story.
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Julia Walker Thomas
Tightly cropped close up tells it all even without the thousand words. Heartbreaking. Are either of the Manleys former WKU grads? worth mentioning.
Honorable Mention
The Louisville Cardinal
Josh Ballard
Category 17 - Best Picture Essay (Spot, General or Feature)
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Allie Garza
Amazing array of photos used to illustrate this story with huge local impact. Lighting, composition and layout of these photos illustrate an interesting story.
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
Impressive set of photos illustrating what these cadets go through.
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Bethany Mollenkof
Very nice job.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky Kernel
Zack Brake
Good array of photos to illustrate this story.
Category 18 - Best Sports Picture
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Bailey Richards
One face, so much emotion.
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Ryan Stone
Great moment, unusual angle.
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
The cowering commissioner makes this shot a keeper.
Honorable Mention
Murray State News
Derek Miller
Colorful, different.
Category 19 - Best Sports Picture Essay
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh, Scott Flannigan
Nice array of photos from variety of points of view contribute to this first place winner. Good action shots, composition, lighting and balance show pics.
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Austin Koester, Bethany Mollenkof, Tanner Curtis, Dave Kasnic
Like the visual and verbal imagery of the Battle of the Greeks.
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Ed Matthews
Unique portrait style illustrations are beautifully photographed.
Honorable Mention
Murray State News
Rock Burres
Nice variety of action photos to illustrate the event.
Category 20 - Special Sections
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Staff
Third Place
Murray State News
Mia Walters
Category 21 - Best Graphic
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Michael Kennedy
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Jan Diehm
Third Place
College Heights Herald
Jan Diehm
Honorable Mention
The Louisville Cardinal
Michael Kennedy
Category 22 - Best Sports Page/Section
First Place
Murray State News
Greg Waddell
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Third Place
Eastern Progress
Darren Zancan, Maggie LaFleur
Category 23 - Best Business/Agribusiness Page
Certificate of Merit
Murray State News
Laura Cash, Mia Walters, Nick Reside
Category 24 - Best Lifestyle Page
First Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Second Place
College Heights Herald
Josh Moore
Third Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Lindsey Gilpin
Category 25 - Best Editorial Page
First Place
Eastern Progress
Maggie LaFleur, Darren Zancan
Second Place
Murray State News
Jodi Keen
Third Place
Murray State News
Casey Bradley
Category 26 - Best Front Page
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Michael Kennedy
Second Place
Eastern Progress
Courtney Daniel, Laura Butler
Third Place
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Category 27 - Best Newspaper Website
First Place
College Heights Herald
Second Place
Murray State News

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