The Lee’s Summit Journal wins Missouri journalism awards

September 11, 2013 

The Lee’s Summit Journal has earned eight awards from the annual Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were presented Sept. 7 at the Missouri Press Association’s convention at the Marriott Downtown in Kansas City.

In the Weeklies, class two, category, the Journal earned an award for second place in General Excellence.

“I’m always thrilled to see our newspaper recognized by our peers as one of the top weekly newspapers in Missouri,” Publisher/editor John Beaudoin said. “I’m proud of the news staff we’ve assembled here and the diversity of our awards, honoring our writing, layout, photography and creative abilities. And for another year, we are recognized as one of the top three in General Excellence among weekly newspapers.”

Lead Designer Ashlee Hendrix earned a second place award for Best Information Graphic for her Tegenkamp’s Top Times information graphic published July 6, 2012.

Cartoonist Mike Gempeler earned a second place award for Best Editorial Cartoon.

Reporter Russ Pulley earned an honorable mention in the Best Story About History category for his “What’s in a name: Lee’s Summit a misspelling” story published Sept. 28, 2012.

Sports Editor Stephanie Yeagle picked up three awards in the contest.

Yeagle earned third place for Best Sports Photo for “Game by game,” a photo published Nov. 2, 2012 of the Pleasant Hill Chicks volleyball team celebrating a district title victory in the Cass County Democrat Missourian.

She also earned two honorable mention awards for Best Sports News or Package for her coverage of Drexel earning a second place in the Class 1 MSHSAA basketball state championship, “Showing what they can do,” published March 23, 2012 in the Democrat Missourian, and for Best Sports Pages for the the Lee’s Summit Journal.

Former photographer for the Journal Julie Scheidegger earned a first place award for Best Photo Package for her June 6, 2012 Downtown Days…Streets Alive! coverage.

Judging for the contest was based on entries from 2012.

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