News-Times wins awards

The Whidbey News-Times staff made a good showing again this year at the 2003 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association award ceremony Friday in Spokane.

The competition is for community newspapers throughout the state, though this year daily newspapers were allowed to compete. Newspapers are judged on entries in the categories of news, photography, advertising and special sections.

Ad staff members Lynette Reeff, Terri Martin and Mary Anne Tennant won first place in the “promotional — group of ads” category for their “don’t get malled” ad. “Good clean look,” the judges wrote, “and unique design.”

An advertising team made up of Lynette Reeff, Mary Anne Tennant, Emi Austin, Carlene Large and Terri Martin won a second place award in the group ads category for a “We support the troops” ad.

“Good inspirational way to support troops,” the judges wrote. “Clean design.”

Lynette Reeff, Mary Ann Tenant and publisher Marcia Van Dyke won two awards for advertising in the self-promotion category. They won third place for their “If I could” ad and first place for “Did you read the one about?”

“Great concept,” the judges wrote. “A winner.”

Jessie Stensland, assistant editor, won four awards for news writing. She won first place in best environmental story for “Orcas called ‘depleted.’”

“Interesting information,”the judges wrote, “particularly on the distinction of the types of killer whales, gives this ‘current event’ story an added edge.”

Stensland won second place in the best business story category for “Bank layoff hit Oak Harbor hard.”

“Good in-depth business story that covers all the angles,” the judges wrote.

Stensland won third place in best spot / breaking news for the story “Historic, haunted house burns.” She also won third place in the technology category for “Sheriff shocked.”

Staff writer Susan Mador won third place in the best humorous feature story category for “Tavern’s moose goes into acting.”

Cynthia Woolbright, a former intern, won three awards in photography. She won first place in best black and white portrait for her “Pre-commencement time” photo.

“The photo captures the emotions of a young girl as she prepares to graduate,” the judges wrote.

Woolbright also won second-place awards for best black and white spot photo and best feature photo.

Finally, the News-Times staff was awarded a second-place award in the special section — merchandising category for the Home and Garden section.

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