The news and advertising departments at the Bainbridge Island Review and North Kitsap Herald combined to win 24 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention in early October.
The Review placed third in General Excellence on the newspaper side, while the Herald’s website placed second. Editor Steve Powell, reporters Tyler Shuey and Ken Park, and sports reporter Mark Krulish were all honored for both.
Winning the biggest individual award was Krulish, who placed second for Sports Writer of the Year.
The ad department took home three first-place awards. Lindsay Smithberg and Brenda Jorgens took first in Branding Ad with their effort on Robin Callahan Designs. Jorgens and Raquee Rivera placed second in that category with an Ace Hardware ad.
Jorgens and Rivera teamed up for first place in Full Page Color Ad on Sotheby’s Marie Sinclair Bennett. Jorgens and Smithberg placed first in Use of Clip Art for their Hear for Life Audiology. They took third with that same ad for Most Original Idea.
Also taking first for Community Guide Special Sections was the Bainbridge Island Almanac with Priscilla Wakefield, Rivera, Jorgens and Powell.
Back to news, both Shuey and Krulish took first in Sports Personality Profile. Shuey won for Sounders goalie builds dream home for the BI Review, while Krulish won for BHS grad runs for mental health for the Herald.
Park took second-place honors in News Story Short for his effort on the Firehouse Theater in Kingston for the Herald.
Powell won a second-place certificate for his Arts Feature on Cowboy Sculptor. He also was second in Environmental Story with Eco Death.
Krulish had two second-place finishes: One for Sports News with Coaching Legend Dies at 80, and the other in Sports Features with Poulsbo featured in Fitzhugh travelogue.
Shuey placed second in Health or Medical story with Mental Health.
Placing second in advertising for Smaller than a Half Page Color Ad were Rivera and Jorgens with Bainbridge Crystal Healing. Jorgens and Molly Omann took third in that same category with Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Rivera and Jorgens also placed second with Use of Small Space with an ad on Melt Massage and Body.
Back to news, Powell took two third-place honors: One for General Feature Long for PairTree adoption matching service, and the other in Government Reporting for More evidence requested for police-court facility.
Shuey took a third in Business Feature with a story on Eagle Harbor Books.
The in-person convention set for Bellingham was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns so the event was online.
Earlier in the day, Powell was elected president of the WNPA board of directors.
“I’m really proud of the staff, especially since it’s been such a crazy year with COVID constantly changing things,” Powell said.
The Kentucky press association judged the contest, which includes dozens of weekly newspapers in Washington state.