SILVERDALE — The Central Kitsap Reporter and Bremerton Patriot won 16 awards — including community service and general excellence — in the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest presented by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.
The awards were presented Oct. 13 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, at the association’s 130th annual convention.
The Bremerton Patriot, which ceased publication and was folded into the Central Kitsap Reporter earlier this year, won first place for Community Service for its efforts to chronicle the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s 125 years of history. Those efforts resulted in a keepsake special section.
The Patriot won third place for general excellence.
The newspapers were judged on work published from April 1, 2016 to March 31 this year; judging was done by members of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. Fifty-nine newspapers competed.
All told, the Kitsap News Group won 74 awards, including three community service awards and three general excellence awards. Bob Smith, Kitsap News Group regional editor, was named Feature Writer of the Year.
“I continue to be extremely pleased with our outstanding team of news and marketing professionals,” Regional Publisher Terry R. Ward said. “It’s great to see them recognized for their excellent work serving our communities.”
Awards won by the Central Kitsap Reporter:
First place, Special Events/Festival Special Sections: Leslie Kelly and staff, “125 Years of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.”
First place, Best Special Section Cover: John Rodriguez, “Military Appreciation Day.”
First place, Best Personality Profile (Short): Terryl Asla, “My last tall ship.”
First place, Best Editorial: Richard Walker, “The enduring lessons of WWII.”
Second place, Best Special Section Cover: John Rodriguez, “The Northwest Chronicle.”
Second place, Best Use of Process Color in an Ad (smaller than half-page): John Rodriguez, Priscilla Wakefield, “Lockheed Martin.”
Awards won by the Bremerton Patriot:
First place, Community Service: Leslie Kelly and staff, “Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s 125th.”
First place, Best Editorial Pages: Richard Walker.
Second place, Comprehensive Coverage of an Issue: Mark Briant, “Bremerton’s 125th anniversary.”
Third place: Staff, General Excellence.