The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) held its 129th annual convention Oct. 13-16 in Wenatchee and during the event the winners of the association’s Better Newspaper Contest were announced.
Four current ClarkCountyToday.com staffers were among the award winners, each for work completed while they were previously staff members of The Reflector Newspaper. Designer Andi Schwartz, who also serves as ClarkCountyToday.com’s webmaster, received nine WNPA awards and reporter Joanna Yorke claimed six awards.
Schwartz received three first place awards including in the category of Use of Clip Art in Advertising “Keys to the City’’ and for Use of Process Color (smaller than ½ page) “Fruit Cake.’’
Schwartz also teamed with ClarkCountyToday.com photograher Mike Schultz to earn first place in the Best Section Cover category for “Fall Sports Tab.’’ Schwartz and Schultz were joined by Yorke and ClarkCountyToday.com Editor Ken Vance in winning a second-place award in the Special Sections category for their 2015 Fall Sports Tab.
Schwartz also won four other second place awards and one third place award. Her second place awards were in the categories of Best Ad for Single Advertiser Promoting Sale or Event, smaller than ½ page (“Hazel Dell Metro’’), Best Promo of Newspaper (“Reflector Open House’’), Most Effective Use of Small Space (“The Ladies’ Room’’) and Use of Process Color, smaller than ½ page (“Pita House’’). Her lone third place award was in the category for Best Front Page Design (“Ridgefield Celebrates’’).
Yorke claimed two first place awards in the categories of Best Education Story (“BGSD, teachers still making no progress in contract negotiations’’) and Best General Feature Story, Long (“A special night at Prairie’s prom’’). Yorke’s three other awards were third place awards in the categories of Best Environmental Story (“Brush Prairie duo aims to provide community with edible, useful plants’’), Best Business Feature Story (“Dapper D offers ‘tomboyish’ fashions fitting for women’’) and Best Crime and Court Story (“Friends of BG man remember him as sweet, loving”).
It wasn’t the first time the ClarkCountyToday.com staffers were honored by the WNPA. Each of the four, as well as current ClarkCountyToday.com reporter Kelly Moyer, were honored in the past.
ClarkCountyToday.com launched on Sept. 27, 2016.