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


Category 1 - Best Editorial
First Place
The Gleaner
Ron Jenkins
Relevant topic, established stand with quotes, facts and background.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
John Nelson
Great lead.
Third Place
The Independent
John Cannon
Headline immediately pulls you into story.
Honorable Mention
News-Enterprise
Ben Sheroan
Continue to be the watchdog of your community.
Category 2 - Best Spot News Coverage
First Place
Kentucky New Era
Nick Tabor
Lead set the crime scene, great job on getting count by count replay of events and details.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
David Brock
Literal on ďthe spotĒ reporting. Good action photos.
Third Place
Commonwealth Journal
Tricia Neal
Good info in photo and headlines.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Justin Story
Good story, nice tie in with state stats.
Category 3 - Best General News Story
First Place
Commonwealth Journal
Heather Pyles Tomlinson
Great job at merging two big stories into one and transporting readers from one scene to another. Solid news story that read like a good novel.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
Todd Kleffman
Interesting and effective way to bring casually important message to the public. Story brought serious local issue to the front of the publicís mind in a direct way.
Third Place
The Independent
Mike James
Great storytelling and a great tribute to a local institution. Piece made the business anniversary personal.
Category 4 - Best Feature Story
First Place
The Gleaner
Kathy Moore
This is a really entertaining story, interestingly told. I felt as if I got a good sense not only of the people involved, but the pets they rescued as well.
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Kevin Hoffman
You had me at the lead, and you kept me all the way to the end. Nice story telling.
Third Place
Kentucky New Era
Dennis OíNeil
This is a nicely told story. I feel as if I know the boy and his mother now.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Robyn L. Minor
I love how you brought the reader with you to the bird release. Plus, you had the best quote ever with the womanís response to her neighborís finding out about the birds.
Category 5 - Best Column
First Place
News-Enterprise
John Friedlein
Friedlein finds some great people and events to write about, and he tells their stories well.
Second Place
The Gleaner
Judy Jenkins
Judy can write with heart. Her story of a dying womanís visit to her husbandís grave brought tears to my eyes.
Third Place
The Independent
Mark Maynard
Maynard is a versatile writer. he makes a great case against banning swings in one column, instills nostalgia in another, and provides laughs with his third.
Honorable Mention
The Gleaner
Judy Jenkins
Again, Jenkins shows her ability to instill emotion into her writing, especially with her tribute to Sandy Watkins.
Category 6 - Best Sports Column
First Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Daniel Pike
This columnist writes with plenty of attitude. Good technique and local subject matter.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
Larry Vaught
Good job of highlighting local players, not just stars.
Third Place
Kentucky New Era
Joe Wilson
Column on golfer who surrendered state championship put the reader in her shoes.
Category 7 - Best Sports Story
First Place
News-Enterprise
Chuck Jones
The writer used a universal window into a touching story about a death that motivated a team to greatness.
Second Place
The Gleaner
Mitchell Stinson
Great writing from a sports correspondent, you need to hire this guy full time.
Third Place
The Independent
Mark Maynard
A funny story.
Category 8 - Best Sports Feature Story
First Place
The Independent
Mark Maynard
Better than the others.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
Larry Vaught
It is quietly good.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Nick Baumgardner
Good structure.
Category 9 - Best Enterprise or Analytical Story
First Place
The Independent
Carrie Stambaugh
Touched on different aspects of health issues, local and regional, cited causes, solutions. Nice layout.
Second Place
The Gleaner
Beth Smith
Local relevant story, easy to read stats.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Natalie Jordan
Iíve seen those signs as many have. Good story, both sides.
Honorable Mention
Commonwealth Journal
Chris Harris
Local, state tie in. Graphics.
Category 10 - Best Investigative Story or Series
First Place
The Independent
Carrie Stambaugh
Broke apart a complicated subject and made it understandable. Graphics helped.
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Tessa Duvall
A 9-part series is difficult to hold interest and have a variety, Tessa dug to find a different approach each week. Good, strong art.
Third Place
Kentucky New Era
Sarah Hogsed
Excellent use of open records. A community can trust those designated to protect because newspaper wasnít intimidated.
Category 11 - Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story
First Place
The Advocate Messenger
Todd Kleffman
Factual, serious coverage of a serious murder case, yet made more compelling by color-commentary that comes off balanced and professional.
Second Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Staff
Excellent coverage of a terrible tragedy.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Nick Baumgardner
Thorough, blow by blow on firing of one coach, hiring of another and how it did and did not affect players.
Category 12 - Best Business/Agribusiness Story
First Place
Kentucky New Era
Kevin Hoffman
Good descriptive informative writing.
Second Place
Commonwealth Journal
Tricia Neal
Good tight news.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Robyn L. Minor
Good careful informative writing.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky New Era
Jennifer Brown
Good solid writing.
Category 13 - Best Headline
First Place
The Independent
Lee Ward
Three consistently, very good heads.
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Melissa Mollohan
Two of three quite good. No wasted words.
Third Place
The Independent
Adam VanKirk
Very good but stronger competitors.
Category 14 - Best Spot News Picture
First Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Miranda Pederson
Caught great expression on officerís face.
Second Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Alex Slitz
The photo tells the story.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Hunter Wilson
You can see the effort on the bystanderís face.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Joe Imel
Can see the pain.
Category 15 - Best General News Picture
First Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Hunter Wilson
Iím glad you didnít crop out the little boy on the right. Good job, itís hard to photograph grieving people compassionately.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
Clay Jackson
The kidís expression makes the picture. Nice.
Third Place
News-Enterprise
Neal Cardin
The salute in the foreground is perfect.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky New Era
Danny Vowell
Could you have stepped to the right and gotten more of her face? Good shot.
Category 16 - Best Feature Picture
First Place
The Advocate Messenger
Todd Kleffman
Wonderful shot of the woman and her house.
Second Place
The Independent
John Flavell
This photo is hilarious.
Third Place
The Gleaner
Darrin Phegley
Itís the expression on the fatherís face that makes this shot priceless.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Joe Imel
Category 17 - Best Picture Essay (Spot, General or Feature)
First Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Joe Imel
The debris, including baby seat tells the story.
Second Place
News-Enterprise
Neal Cardin
Beautiful shots, itís important to cover good news as well as bad.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Miranda Pederson
Good variety, love composition of primary shot.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Alex Slitz
The biggest shot is incredible, lots of emotion.
Category 18 - Best Sports Picture
First Place
Commonwealth Journal
Steve Cornelius
Great capture of emotion.
Second Place
The Advocate Messenger
Clay Jackson
Unusual shot. Love the helmet in the air.
Third Place
The Advocate Messenger
Clay Jackson
Great capture of motion with a hint of blur on the feet.
Honorable Mention
The Gleaner
Darrin Phegley
Excellent expressions.
Category 19 - Best Sports Picture Essay
First Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Joe Imel
Love the cut jersey!
Second Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Alex Slitz
Good shot of skates.
Third Place
The Advocate Messenger
Clay Jackson
Variety of shots, joy on girlís face, and coach motioning ďfocus on meĒ love those shots!
Honorable Mention
The Gleaner
Staff
I chose this because of smaller front page shot, I would have cropped a little closer to focus on player on right.
Category 20 - Special Sections
First Place
The Gleaner
Staff
Good editorial content.
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Dana Long
Good special section.
Third Place
The Gleaner
Donna Stinnett, Kathy Moore
Cute concept.
Category 21 - Best Graphic
First Place
Kentucky New Era
Dana Long
Great graphics!
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Dana Long
Awesome special section, good photos and interesting edition.
Third Place
The Gleaner
Darrin Phegley
Category 22 - Best Sports Page/Section
First Place
The Independent
Adam VanKirk
The ďnewsiestĒ of all the sports pages. Tons of info packed in small space. Nice photos and good layout pushed this one to number one.
Second Place
Kentucky New Era
Dana Long
Best photography of all entries. Nice use of photos, too.
Third Place
News-Enterprise
Staff
Great graphics, nice coverage of local sports.
Honorable Mention
Kentucky New Era
Joe Wilson
Strong photos. Good mix of national/local coverage.
Category 23 - Best Business/Agribusiness Page
First Place
The Gleaner
Kathy Moore, Chuck Stinnett
Nice concentration on local issues mixed with larger trends. Columns were excellent.
Second Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Rob Herbst
I like the local angle on stories. Good photos too.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Rob Herbst
Wedding story was particularly good. Nice photos.
Honorable Mention
The Gleaner
Kathy Moore, Chuck Stinnett
Nice mix of feature, harder news.
Category 24 - Best Lifestyle Page
First Place
The Gleaner
Stephanie West, Donna Stinnett, Kathy Moore
Clear winner. Newspaper showed clear commitment to lifestyles coverage. Great job!
Second Place
The Gleaner
Douglas White, Donna Stinnett, Kathy Moore
Good photos, like the space, effort given to lifestyles coverage.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Kristin Abbott
Excellent photos, layout and fonts but too gray on inside.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
Hunter Wilson
Excellent photos. Need more concentration inside.
Category 25 - Best Editorial Page
First Place
News-Enterprise
Staff
Clear winner, excellent mix of local info, contributed items. Quote page was answer.
Second Place
Commonwealth Journal
Ken Shmidheiser
Best mix of info, local columns strong. Work on layout and youíll have a winner.
Third Place
The Independent
John Cannon
Good editorials, reader contributions.
Honorable Mention
The Advocate Messenger
John Nelson
Strong editorials, would like to see a local columnist.
Category 26 - Best Front Page
First Place
Kentucky New Era
Dana Long
Good stories, strong photos, clear layout makes this a clear winner.
Second Place
The Gleaner
Steve Thomas
Great writing. Clear layout, lighten up on your rules and youíd have a winner. Boxes around stories are too heavy.
Third Place
Bowling Green Daily News
Kristin Abbott
Strong photos, clear layout.
Honorable Mention
Commonwealth Journal
Jeff Neal
Strong pics, printing reproduction prevented this from placing higher.
Category 27 - Best Newspaper Website
First Place
The Advocate Messenger
Your introduction in the entry said you recognize readers should have what they want and a philosophy that the newspaper strives to give the readers that. I think you have succeeded. Lots of stories from which to choose, done attractively with an appealing design. Movement with pictures and flash for ads keeps the site from being static. You certainly give readers a myriad of information at each section. They canít say you arenít giving them options and that reflects back to your intent to give the readers what they want. And plenty of it.
Second Place
The Gleaner
Different, very different. And thatís not all bad. But after seeing some similarities between all of the other websites, we found one thatís just different. The stories stand out and links are easy to follow and access. Sections divided with obvious breaks. Effective way to show the Gleanerís Face book page that is sure to get some ďfriends.ĒNice touch showing games as a link. Online games are popular and you have options for the readers to do something else if they get tired of reading for awhile.
Third Place
The Independent
At first glance, appeared cluttered at the top with four tight columns across. Thereís a lot to consider with the Links Listings, the stories/photos, ads and then easy to find dining options, movies, and purchasing tickets. We like websites with Contact Us information and yours certainly isnít lacking in that area with headline style e-mail addresses overshadowing staff names and titles. Readers sure donít have to search for the e-mail addresses.
Honorable Mention
Bowling Green Daily News
One of the few with a displayed front page so readers who donít subscribe can see the front page, access it and maybe, just maybe will encourage them to subscribe to the printed product. The snippets with stories are smaller than the links to other stories, or perhaps the color contrast makes the snippets appear smaller. Like the Contact Us that includes a map to the Daily News office and a history of that newspaper, Park City or Bowling Green Daily News? Very nice to have the Previous Headlines, presumably from the day before each time. Thatís rather unique.

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