Beacon wins four awards at annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention

Oct 07, 2013

Two Beacon Publishing writers won four awards in the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest and were honored last weekend during the WNPA convention in Olympia.

Mukilteo Beacon Editor Sara Bruestle won third place for Best Business Feature Story. Her story, titled “Closed in Old Town,” recounted the difficult economy confronting small businesses in the downtown area.

Beacon Publisher and Edmonds Beacon Editor Paul Archipley was awarded two third places and a first place.

He was awarded third place for Best News Story (Short) titled “Councilmember to run for ‘temp’ job,” about Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan’s run to fill a state representative position that would last less than a month.

Archipley won another third place for Best Education Story, titled “Budget cuts starting to affect quality of education here,” which focused on the drop in state revenues that were affecting local schools.

His first place award was also in the Best Education Story category. It was titled “District juggles as it runs out of classrooms,” and covered the problem of population growth leading to a shortage of classrooms.

“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Archipley said. “But while Sara and I were given the credit, we know that newspaper publishing is a group effort.

“Without the support of a tremendous team, including our sales people, graphics department, circulation and office staff, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to do the work we love.”

The BNC awards featured entries from 78 newspapers throughout Washington in four circulation groups.

Both the Edmonds Beacon and Mukilteo Beacon competed against other weekly newspapers with circulations between 5,001 and 12,750. A total of 1,159 news stories were entered in a variety of categories. This year’s entries were judged by the Tennessee Press Association.

The 126th annual WNPA convention was held in Olympia Oct. 3-5.

The convention attracts journalists, advertising executives, photographers and other newspaper staff from more than 130 community newspapers in Washington state.

They take part in workshops, roundtable discussions, symposiums and other activities, including an awards banquet when members are honored for their work during the previous year.

-Ed.

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