Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association held its 132 Annual Meeting over the weekend of Oct. 10-12. During that time, the organization’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest award winners were announced. The Journal and Sounder together won 13 awards this year.

Both publications are part of Circulation Group 1 which is for publications with up to 2,500 subscribers. The contest period was from April 1, 2018, until March 31, 2019. With special sections being accepted until May 31, 2019.

Journal

• First place in Editorial, “What can the Exxon Valdez teach us about the Salish Sea?” by Mandi Johnson.

• First place in Personality Profile, Short, “‘Adrift’ | Local author’s book hits big screen,” by Heather Spaulding.

• Second place in Front Page Design, “A ‘Tail’ of Love,” by Tate Thomson.

• Third place in Environmental Story, “San Juan islander to discuss saving moon bears in Asia,” by Heather Spaulding.

• Third place in Personality Profile, Long, “Seattle DJ confesses he broadcasts from San Juan Island,” by Heather Spaulding.

• Third place in Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers of Detective Parker by Cali Bagby and Hayley Day.

Sounder

• First place, Color Portrait, “Leopard loves a Bunny,” by Colleen Smith.

• First place in Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers of Eric Kulp by Colleen Smith, Heather Spaulding and Hayley Day.

• Second place in Environmental Story, “When a school loves a maple,” by Colleen Smith.

• Second place in Personality Profile, Short, “Sometimes being a dad means dressing up as a unicorn,” by Colleen Smith.

• Second place in News Story, Short, “San Juan County employee saves capsized Orkila teens,” by Mandi Johnson.

• Second place for Color Feature Photo, “Fall is in the air,” by Colleen Smith.

• Third place in Editorial, “Don’t report Crime on Social Media,” by Colleen Smith.

• Third place, Lifestyle/Culture Special Section for Weddings in the San Juans.