The Richmond Register

January 26, 2013

Register takes second in General Excellence at KPA competition

Register staff report

RICHMOND — The Richmond Register won second place Friday in the general excellence category for daily papers under 10,000 circulation of the Kentucky Press Association’s “Excellence in Newspapers” competition.

The Register team swept the category of Best Enterprise or Analytical Story.

Register News Writer Crystal Wylie took first place for her story about the movement to restore the civil rights of felons after they have served their sentences.

“Good journalism,” the judges said. The story “conveys understanding on important civic issues.”

News Writer Sarah Hogsed took second place in the category with her story about how a supreme court decision on the use of tracking devices on suspects’ vehicles without court orders would affect local law enforcement.

“Reporter moved fast after Supreme Court ruling to produce a clearly written piece on a question of constitutional importance,” judges said.

Third place went to Senior News Writer Ronica Shannon and former Register Editor Lorie Love Hailey for their story which compared the number and pay of Madison County Schools central office administrators with comparable districts.

 The two paired on a story in which “comparisons with other school districts gives readers context and perspective,” the judges said.

Second place in the Best Ongoing/Extended Coverage category went to Hogsed for her story about the arrest on murder charges of suspects in the deaths of a Richmond couple who had disappeared two years earlier.

“This was an excellent handling of a truly ugly story but one that was likely widely read in the community,” judges said. Shannon took Honorable Mention in the category.

Register Editor Bill Robinson won first place for Best General News Story.

His story was about a video recording of testimony by Richmond native Brett Benton, a former Kenton County deputy, being used to win a conviction after he died while working to train local police in Afghanistan.

Register Sports Editor Nathan Hutchinson won first place for Best Sports Story.

“Great job in a dramatic game,” judges said of Hutchinson’s story about the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels’ football team come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville State. “This one wins because of the way you backed up the play by play with good quotes.”

Hutchinson also took second place for Best Sports Feature.

“Nice job of writing,” the judges said of that entry. “Liked the snappy verbs used throughout the article.”

Hutchinson took first for Best Sports Picture and second in Best Sports Picture Essay. Page designer Carrie Curry took Honorable Mention in this category.

Hutchinson also took first and third place for Best Sports Special Section.

Curry took second place for Best Front Page Layout and the newspaper’s website received a Certificate of Merit.

In other wins, Curry took third place and Honorable Mention in the Best Headline category.

Bob Flynn, who joined the Register as a sports writer in November, won first place in Best Sports Feature for a story he wrote while working for the Winchester Sun.

The contest covered papers published from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.