Washington Press Association
honors local journalists
This was the first year the Journal has participated in the Washington Press Association (WPA) and was unsure of what to expect. They headed off to experience something new and enjoy a great lunch with friends and family.
Journal Publisher, Desiree Cahoon and her staff were pleasantly surprised when they were awarded 12 Communicator of Excellence awards for their work throughout 2007.
“I’m very proud of our writers, designers and contributors who were recognized by the WPA,” Cahoon said. “In the past year the Lake Stevens Journal has won over 25 awards. It’s encouraging to publish a weekly newspaper that is well read by our community and awarded by our peers and associates.”
Awards ranged from editorial, lay-out and photography to advertising design with the Journal receiving awards from each category.
Art Director Shane Kantzer took home all three awards in the Advertising Single Ad category while Journal Sports Photographer Rob Carlson of RCSports Photography received awards for his captivating football photos.
Kevin Hulten won second place for his outstanding ‘Off the Record’ weekly column after being judged by a Seattle P-I columnist. Hulten also took home an award for his lay-out on the Viking Football’s pre-season two page spread he did last fall.
Pam Stevens won an honorable mention for her editorial on fireworks. She also took home two awards for headlines.
The Washington Press Association provides members the opportunity to expand their professional skills through leadership, education, advancement, recognition, and networking. WPA is a diverse organization of professional communicators that is open to women and men. Members work for newspapers, magazines, colleges, government, corporations, non-profit agencies, communications businesses, a variety of organizations and associations, and are self-employed.
Founded in 1946, WPA is affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). Both organizations promote the highest ethical standards, foster exchanges of journalistic ideas and experiences, offer continuing educational opportunities, and serve the public’s right-to-know.