LEXINGTON — The State Journal took home the second-place General Excellence award Friday at the annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association.
During the 2013 contest period, The State Journal competed among daily newspapers with circulations between 7,501 and 19,999.
The top prize in the General Excellence category went to the Bowling Green Daily News, and The (Elizabethtown) News-Enterprise came in third.
State Journal staff members received six first-place honors, one second-place award, six third-place awards and four honorable mentions.
“The State Journal’s commitment to community journalism and the hard work of its entire staff is represented by the recognition received at the annual awards dinner,” State Journal editor Dan Liebman said.
“To receive awards in so many different areas — design and layout, news reporting, features, sports, editorials — is a statement about the hard work the staff does each day to report on the happenings in Frankfort and Franklin County.”
Individual winners were:
νDan Liebman, editor: First and third place for best editorial.
νKatheran Wasson, news editor: First place for best business or agribusiness story; first place for best editorial page; third place for best headlines; third place for best business or agribusiness page; honorable mention for best front page.
νRyan Quinn, local government reporter: First place for best investigative story or series.
νDylan Buell, photographer: First place for best feature picture; third place for best general news picture.
νHannah Reel, photographer: Third place for best feature picture; honorable mention for best spot news picture.
νMichelle Sokol, former education reporter: First place for best feature story; honorable mention for best business or agribusiness story.
νEmily Patton, former sports reporter: Second place for best sports story.
νLindsey Erdody, former court reporter: Third place for best feature story; honorable mention for best enterprise or analytical story.
The State Journal was not the only publication in Frankfort to receive awards.
Two writers for Kentucky State University’s Thorobred News took home first-place wins in the university division.
Kendra Farmer won in the Best Column category and Tajh Chappell won for Best Sports Column.
The contest period ran from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.