Kentucky newspapers win 72 KPA awards

Schurz Communication’s Kentucky newspapers won 72 awards in the Kentucky Press Association contest announced in January.

The Jessamine Journal, in Nicholasville, won 24 of the awards and was named the General Excellence award winner in the largest weekly newspaper category. The Jessamine Joournal has now won the General Excellence award four times in the past five years. Over the past 10 years it has finished first, second or third.

The Interior Journal in Sanford won 21 awards in the smallest weekly category, the Winchester Sun 14 awards in the smallest daily category and the Danville Advocated-Messenger nine awards in the mid-sized daily category.

Schurz newspapers dominated in the Best Newspaper Website category with Danville, Winchester and the Interior Journal taking firsts and the Jessamine Journal taking a second.

“The site has wonderful presentation through clean design, excellent use of photos, along with photo galleries along with solid daily news,” the judges commented about the Danville site, adding, “the site is also easy to navigate and use.”

Commenting about the Winchester Sun site, the judges said: “The site not only offers its readers a very well-laid-out and ‘newsy’ newspaper but also a strong easy-to-navigate website. Great mix of local, state and national news is set off by superb photos and interesting and well-done videos. Local and college sports coverage abounds on the Sun website.”

About the Interior Journal site the judges commented: “The Interior Journal staff does an excellent job of staying timely with their news and sports coverage through their website. Easy to navigate and nicely presented, there is a lot to view and read here. Photographs are a strength. A lot of work goes into the website.”

Individuals from SCI Kentucky papers also turned in some outstanding performances.

Jonathan Kleppinger won 17 awards for the Jessamine Journal, including seven firsts, six seconds, three thirds and one honorable mention..

Ben Kleppinger won 14 awards for the Interior Journal, including two firsts, six seconds, five thirds and one honorable mention.

The Winchester Sun’s prize-winning photographer, James Mann, dominated again with two firsts, a second and a third. Fred Petke won two firsts.

The winners by newspaper were:


First: Feature Story, Jonathan Kleppinger; Headline, Kleppinger; General News Picture, Kleppinger; Feature Picture, Kelly McKinney; Picture Essay, Kleppinger; Sports Picture Essay, Kleppinger; Special Section, Kleppinger; Sports Page/Section, Cody Porter; Business/Agribusiness Page, Mike Moore; Lifestyle Page, Kleppinger;

Second: Enterprise or Analytical Story, Kleppinger; On-Going/Extended Coverage Story, Kleppinger; Feature Picture, Amelia Orwick; Picture Essay, Kelly McKinney; Special Section, Kleppinger;  Graphic, Porter; Lifestyle Page, Kleppinger; Editorial Page, Kleppinger; Front Page, Kleppinger;

Third: General News Story, Kleppinger; Sports Feature Story, Porter; Business/Agribusiness Story, Moore;  Headline, Kleppinger; Graphic, Kleppinger; Editorial Page, Moore;

Honorable mention: Picture Essay, Kleppinger;


First: Feature Story, Ben Kleppinger;  Headline, Kleppinger; Sports Picture Essay, Nancy Leedy; Sports Page/Section, Leedy;

Second: Editorial, Kleppinger; Business/Agribusiness Story, Kleppinger; General News Picture, Kleppinger; Feature Picture, Kleppinger; Picture Essay, Kleppinger; Sports Picture, Leedy; Editorial Page, Kleppinger;

Third: Spot News Coverage, Kleppinger; Investigative Story or Series, Kleppinger; On-Going/Extended Coverage, Kleppinger; Headline, Kleppinger; General News Picture, Leedy; Graphic, Kleppinger; Sports Special Section, Leedy;

Honorable mention: Headline, Leedy; Picture Essay, Kleppinger;


First: Enterprise or Analytical Story, Fred Petke; Business/Agribusiness Story, Petke; General News Picture, James Mann; Feature Picture, Mann; Lifestyle Page, David Stone;

Second: Feature Story, Kendall Sparks; Sports Feature Story, Keith Taylor; Feature Picture, Mann; Sports Page/Section, Taylor; Lifestyle Page, Stone;

Third: Headline, Stone; Spot News Picture, Mann;

Honorable Mention: Picture Essay, Casey Castle;


First: Sports Picture Essay, Clay Jackson;

Second: Enterprise or Analytical Story, Todd Kleffman; Headline, David Brock; Feature Picture, Jackson;

Third: Sports Story, Mike Moore;

Honorable Mention: Sports Story, Hal Morris; Investigative Story/Series, Stephanie Mojica;  Ongoing, Extended Coverage Story, Brock.