Lynden wins 16 awards in WNPA’s annual Better Newspaper competition
LYNDEN – The Lynden Grandstand won 16 awards, including third place for overall excellence, in the Better Newspaper competition at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention, Oct. 7-9, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Bellingham.
According to the judge’s comment, the Lynden Grandstand “Prospers through comprehensive news and sports coverage.”
“Every aspect of the community seems to be covered in the Tribune,” the South Dakota Press Association judges said in their comments.
For the contest, the WNPA swaps judging duties with another state. This year, judges from South Dakota scored Washington’s nominations and vice versa.
Within the advertising department, Grandstand Graphic designer Melanie Fair won first prize for the use of clip art.
Fair also won four second-place awards and one third-place award for its use of a small space, full-color ads and Play Whatcom 2021 coverage.
“Excellent image for a cover,” say the judges. “Nice work throughout.”
The judges also praised Fair for a full-color advertisement that was less than half a page, that of the Triumph Lutheran Church.
“The background color of this artistic graphic is truly stunning,” the judges said.
In the news department, Grandstand editor Bill Helm won first place for front page design, second place for news photography, and third place for color photography and general interest columns.
Judges said Helm’s March 9 front page was “classic, clean and engaging.”
“Contrast in typeface (title), typeface and body text,” the judges said. “Nice use of photos. Top in a competitive category.
Connor Benintendi won first place and second place for sports reporting; second place for Sports Page Design and third in the Sports Writer of the Year competition.
“Excellent reporting and writing on the championship stories,” the judges said.
Closed off, as good as Grandstand Independent reporters Cal Bratt and Elisa Classen won third place for their comprehensive coverage of the November 2021 floods. The judges said the reporters provided “strong coverage of a very difficult situation”.
“You covered a lot of angles on this disaster and (you) did it pretty well,” the South Dakota judges said.
The Lynden Grandstand and Ferndale Folder were two of the newspapers to enter the annual WNPA competition. In total, there were 231 advertising entries, 75 special features entries, 1,166 news entries, 280 photography entries, 30 digital entries and 41 general excellence entries among the 48 participating newspapers.
The Lynden Grandstand competed in Group 3, which is made up of newspapers with a circulation of between 3,400 and 6,999 newspapers.
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