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Beacon newspapers win 12 journalism awards


October 14, 2017

Beacon Publishing staffers won 12 awards in the 2017 WNPA Better Newspaper Contest and were honored Oct. 13 during its annual convention in Olympia.

The Edmonds Beacon and Mukilteo Beacon are members of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and enter the contest every year. The Mill Creek Beacon is not yet a member.

Beacon Sports Editor David Pan won second place for Best Sports Feature for “Mavericks win state championship,” which ran in the Edmonds Beacon.

Pan also took home a biggie – third place for 2017 Sportswriter of the Year. Pan was named Beacon sportswriter in November 2015 and covers sports for all three editions of the paper.

“David is a tireless worker and is a tremendous asset to the Beacon and to the communities of Mukilteo, Edmonds and Mill Creek,” Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley said. “He is well known in the youth sports community. He hit the ground running and never stopped.”

Former Mukilteo Beacon Editor Nicholas Johnson won six awards, including first place in photography for “Remembering Amiyah and Yesterday” in general news. The photo shows Ronald Savyon Wallace holding a candle for his 2-year-old daughter, Yesterday Wallace, and his 12-year-old niece, Amiyah Johnson, during a celebration of life Friday evening Feb. 10 on the beach in Mukilteo. Both were killed in a crash on I-5.

“It was the most striking of several well-done death vigil images submitted in the contest,” a judge wrote.

He picked up four second-place awards: “Mukilteo man reels in national conservation award” for environmental story; “Electroimpact’s Zieve says he’s a victim of state’s probe,” business story; “Victims’ loved ones express anguish over mass shooting,” crime or courts story; and “Artist Hopkins calls Mukilteo home,” color portrait photography.

Johnson also won a third-place news story for “Kamiak alum composes a career in music.”

In addition, he picked up four awards for his work at the Port Townsend Leader. This week, Johnson began a new job as copy editor for The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington.

“Johnson did a great job in Mukilteo,” Archipley said. “We wish him luck in Vancouver.”

Edmonds Beacon Editor Brian Soergel won four awards, including two for first place.

“Rocking the Boat,” which won in the best long news story category, concerned the increase in Washington State Ferry law-enforcement calls, including on the Edmonds-Kingston run.

“This story poses a question and answers it,” a judge wrote. “A lot of work was put into this story, and it is evident when reading it. Nicely done. This is how journalism is done.”

Also a first-place winner, in the arts category, was “David Martin: Edmonds’ Mr. Early Northwest Art.” It profiled David Martin, curator for Cascadia Art Museum.

“Good writing and introducing an element of conflict … elevated this story to the top and kept me reading,” read a judge’s comment. “Interesting topic, good quotes and well-written and organized.”

Judges awarded Soergel a second-place award for “Snowmageddon” in the environmental category, and a third-place for “Drive takes a tragic turn” for breaking news.

Soergel was named Edmonds Beacon editor in 2016 after serving as editor for the Mill Creek Beacon.

“Soergel is a seasoned editor whose writing and reporting are appreciated by our readers in Edmonds,” Archipley said. “He’s part of our long tradition of providing news that is indispensable to the community.”

Added Archipley: “It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers. But we know that newspaper publishing is a group effort. Without the support of an amazing team, including our salespeople, graphics department, circulation and office staff, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to do the work we love.”

The Better Newspaper Contest awards featured entries from 59 newspapers throughout Washington in four circulation groups.

The Edmonds Beacon and Mukilteo Beacon competed against other weekly newspapers with circulations between 5,001 and 12,500. Over 1,500 news stories and photos were entered in a variety of categories.

This year’s entries were judged by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

The 130th annual WNPA convention was held Oct. 12-14 at Hotel RL in Olympia.


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