Category 1 - Best Editorial
First Place eTearsheet
The Louisville Cardinal
Baylee Pulliam
Well written. It paints a portrait of a generation that people of any age can identify with.
Second Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Seth Littrell
Lays out the issue well, helps students understand what's at stake in the policy change.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Becca Clemons
Strong position. Makes points concisely.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Category 2 - Best Spot News Coverage
First Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Taylor Pettit
Complete story on complicated, controversial student issue.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Matt Murray
Well written, reported and thorough under deadline.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Becca Clemons
Good reporting on an issue that involves "your newspaper.
Category 3 - Best General News Story
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Cole Claybourn
Second Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Jonathan Lintner
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Patrick T. Sullivan
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Murray State News
Austin Ramsey
Category 4 - Best Feature Story
First Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Morgan Caldwell
Tells me a lot about a well-known professor not just his teaching but his personal life and life as it intertwined with the legislature and Kentucky history. It kept me reading from beginning to end.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Joy Priest
Well written story that captured the essence of a long time institution.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Kelsey Caudill
Paints a picture of just what students will do for money without passing judgment.
Category 5 - Best Column
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Cassidy Herrington
One of the hardest things for columnists of any age to grasp is the importance of courage. Herrington is already well ahead of most on that level. The depth of her thinking and clarity of her writing round out her work and makes it stand out. If she continues along this path, her future in journalism will be extremely bright.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Nick Craddock
It's hard to be either clever or funny in a column. Craddock manages to do both.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Shannon Frazer
Frazer's range is impressive, as is her command of her subjects and ability to make state and national issues relevant to students on her campus.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Cari Tretina
Well thought out arguments on an important topic.
Category 6 - Best Sports Column
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Aaron Smith
Great concept that was well executed with insight, you-are-there reporting and just enough opinion.
Second Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Sophie McDonald
Shows great range and research and a willingness to dive into tough subjects.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Nick Craddock
Good ideas, splendid results. Sweet mix of opinion, enterprise and creativity in a tight category full of young talent.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
The Louisville Cardinal
Josh Lipka
Not afraid to "tell it like it is" - warts and all, or in praise of a successful coach. Terrific versatility here.
Category 7 - Best Sports Story
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Emily Patton
A unique, well-written sports enterprise/feature story. ACL tears are something one hears about all the time in the world of sports, but this rare in-depth look at the actual injury, its impact and the recovery process offers an insightful and refreshing trip off the beaten path in sports journalism. Well done.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Aaron Smith
Well-written lead, thorough body, and strong writing ability displayed overall. One of two strong entries by this author, and this was perhaps the weaker of the two based simply on the lead; however, failure to submit a jump page with the other article's conclusion resulted in this being selected.
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Brad Stephens
Neat story. Catchy lead, and cleanly written. Writer paints the picture quickly and concisely, but also thoroughly. Perhaps a first-place winner in other years, but a victim of a strong overall category.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Ben Jones
Unique piece. Offers colorful, strong quotes to supplement author's own writing. Good job. Again, simply a victim of a strong overall category.
Category 8 - Best Sports Feature Story
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Ben Jones
Wow! Irreverent. Fun. Extraordinary piece of writing. Fine, fine piece. Congrats!
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Ben Jones
Very well written. Took the reader into the arena and into the ring. Outstanding.
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Emily Patton
Very solid reporting. Nice angle on each commitment. Well done.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Zach Greenwell
Category 9 - Best Enterprise or Analytical Story
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Taylor Moak
This was a complete story, and the protest has ongoing consequences. This takes on the larger context of how to think about a protest, through one important figure.
Second Place eTearsheet
The Louisville Cardinal
Baylee Pulliam
This story is controversial in a college setting. It would be interesting to see it pursued at a deeper level, with discussions with more professors and students. Given the cost of college it is an issue that needs to come to light.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
The reporter did a great job of conveying a sense of place, something she could not have done without being with the program. There was a sense of immediacy with her interviews that served the story well.
Category 10 - Best Investigative Story or Series
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Tessa Duvall
Concise, harder hitting for the "just the facts" approach.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Taylor Moak
Third Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Taylor Pettit
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Katherine Wade, Chris Rutledge
Category 11 - Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Taylor Moak, Becca Clemons, Kelsey Caudill, Patrick T. Sullivan
What more important story for a university - the selection of a new president. The story was covered from top to bottom in a professional way. Great reporting and writing.
Second Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Darren Zancan, Taylor Pettit, Seth Littrell
Good reporting and writing on a very important issue for students and student government.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Eva McEnrue, Patrick T. Sullivan, Cody Porter, Chase Sanders
Big issue not only for Kentucky and the university but the students and others as well. Documented and well reported without being sensational.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Cole Claybourn, Tessa Duvall, Katherine Wade
Hopefully the issue continues to be covered to its conclusion but good writing and reporting on an important issue.
Category 12 - Best Business/Agribusiness Story
First Place eTearsheet
The Louisville Cardinal
Caitlyn Crenshaw
A solid, well-written news story on a weighty topic.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Joy Priest
An entertaining and well-formed profile. The writer did well to convey an atmosphere.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Latara Appleby
A concise article. Easy to read.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Gary Hermann
Category 13 - Best Headline
First Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Adam Turner
Love the hearse headline, and it really fits this quirky, unusual story about a young man who drives a hearse just because he likes them. Great play on words! Also, I really 'like" the Facebook head, very clever and relevant, using a Facebook term. "Write stuff" is a nice turn of a phrase.
Second Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
This short, humorous head really captures the essence of this story, a new twist on "Jack and the Beanstalk." Brilliant!
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Jonathan Lintner
I loved "Nu Kids on the block." This really captures the point of the story in a playful way --- the nice, new fraternity house. "Lateral move" was an unusual, rhyming headline, but it works!
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
This headlines works well with the art, and really draws the reader into the story. Who wouldn't read this sexy headline and NOT want to read further to find out what this story is all about?
Category 14 - Best Spot News Picture
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Alyssa Orr
Captures a great moment, nice framing with girls in the foreground.
Second Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Jabin E. Botsford
Nice image taken under difficult lighting.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Collin Lindstrom
What can you say, it's just a funny moment.
Category 15 - Best General News Picture
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Leslye Davis
Very nice image. Clean background and nice depth of field. I particularly like that I was a little shocked to see a blond haired, blue eyed Muslim woman as the subject. The whole idea of the event is to raise awareness of the Muslim faith and the fact that the subject does not look Middle Eastern drives that point home.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Brandon Goodwin
I really wanted to give this image first place. I was going to let the bad crop slide but I couldn't let it and the poor caption go. This is the best moment far and away in all of the entries but it is almost lost. I would suggest cropping in from the top and cropping out the girl on the left. Draw the reader into the emotion by getting rid of information that is irrelevant. As for the caption, I really need these girls' names and their relationship. Are they old friends, roommates, cousins, sisters? Believe it or not, that kind of attention to detail is one of the most important things you can do as a photographer.
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Danny Guy
While this photo lacks some of the emotion in the fans' faces I was hoping for, the overall effort of the photographer is outstanding. The image is sharp, clean and well lit. Those aren't always easy to accomplish in concert settings and you get a lot of credit for that.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Quianna Lige
I would be happy running this picture in my newspaper because it has a few things going for it. But it lost some points for the cluttered background and some toning issues. I know this isn't an easy shot to get because of the dark crowded gym but I would suggest you try to retone it and look for a tighter crop, especially from the left before adding it to your portfolio.
Category 16 - Best Feature Picture
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Luke Sharrett
Great color, lighting, focus and subject all shot in a low light situation. A beautiful portrait with stopping power.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Brandon Goodwin
Men and women fighting, swords, punches, a crowd - I've got to stop and find out what this photo is about.
Third Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Trey Burke
Nice portrait, strong composition and lighting.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Scott Hannigan
Photo of the comely model in the breeze conveys a winsome fall feel.
Category 17 - Best Picture Essay (Spot, General or Feature)
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
Absolutely the best of the entries. Photographer offers a solid variety of important storytelling images. Photographer connects with the people and the scene, finding moments. Fine display in the layout.
Second Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Rick Burres, Austin Ramsey
Good job offering a variety of storytelling images.
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Chris Wilson, Delayna Earley
Lead photo works well. Good layout.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Tanner Curtis
Three images, good variety.
Category 18 - Best Sports Picture
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Mike Weaver
Nice peak action. At first glance it felt too loose but the coaching staff in the background gives it a feel of desperation as the UK player reaches for the end zone that is obviously out of his reach.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
Strong dejection photo. Dejection is harder to get than jubilation. You can feel the disappointment in the locker room from this photo.
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Christian Randolph
Good peak action moment. A good face through face masks are hard to come by.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Latara Appleby
Well executed portrait. Nice use of lighting and location.
Category 19 - Best Sports Picture Essay
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh
Great lead photo, played well on the page for maximum impact. Other photos tell the UK cheerleading story.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Britney McIntosh, Brandon Goodwin
Strong photo essay of a deadline story.
Third Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Rick Burres, Greg Waddell
Nice survey of the images that make up spring practice.
Category 20 - Special Sections
First Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Elizabeth Johnson
Appealing cover. Outstanding content. Man on the street interviews, charts and info-graphics added a lot to content. Amazing reporting effort by staff.
Second Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Third Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Category 21 - Best Graphic
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Jerry Englehart Jr
The collection of odd items is an interesting solution that's well executed and draws you into this story package.
Second Place eTearsheet
The Louisville Cardinal
Baylee Pulliam
A nice stark, raw illustration that reflects the emotion of the event. Effective when using only black and white.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
A lot of useful information makes this entry successful.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Josh Moore
A clever illustration that's well executed and integrated into the overall story package.
Category 22 - Best Sports Page/Section
First Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Gutsy cover puts this entry over the top.
Second Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Greg Waddell
Third Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Ryan Alves, Tyler Miller, Darren Zancan
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Category 23 - Best Business/Agribusiness Page
First Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Austin Ramsey
Interesting story about the green restaurant. Other good local content.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Staff
Category 24 - Best Lifestyle Page
First Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
Charlotte Kyle
Typewriter graphic was truly outstanding. All pages were creative with clean layout.
Second Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Judged with other entries from same school to make one complete entry.
Third Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Adam Turner, Jaclyn May
Category 25 - Best Editorial Page
First Place eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Kaylia Cornett
Pages stand out because they take on campus issues of import, not just fluff stuff. Clean layout, good columnists.
Second Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Third Place eTearsheet
Murray State News
John Walker
Category 26 - Best Front Page
First Place eTearsheet
College Heights Herald
Staff
Clean, catchy designs, nice use of art elements.
Second Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Alicia Maynard
Really nice use of dominant art. Good teaser. Clean design, good news sense. This is definitely a good paper, from what I've seen of it.
Third Place eTearsheet
Kentucky Kernel
Alex Lovan
I really liked the shot from the football field at the top. Nice page, well designed.
Honorable Mention eTearsheet
Eastern Progress
Whitney Leggett, Taylor Pettit
Overall, a nice-looking paper. You take some chances with your centerpiece designs and generally pull them off.
Category 27 - Best Newspaper Website
First Place
The Louisville Cardinal
Second Place
Kentucky Kernel
Third Place
Murray State News

Kentucky Press Association