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BEACON Senior Newspaper wins national awards

Jan 06, 2019 12:14AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Christmas comes early every year for the BEACON staff when our publisher, Kevin, returns from the annual North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) convention.

This year’s convention took place in Orlando. Aside from high-fiving Mickey and Minnie and enjoying the sights with other senior publishers from across the country, a highlight of the convention is the awards banquet, where senior publications big and small vie for top honors in a variety of categories. Publications are independently judged on the quality of their written content, editing, design, photography, web content and more by the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. The best are then commended for their efforts with awards.

This year, your BEACON Senior Newspaper and its staff were nominated in the following categories:

Column Review

• “Talking Digital” by Adam Cochran

• “Alive & Digging” by Paige Slaughter

Editorial/Opinion

• Don't waste your time on perfect by Kevin VanGundy (June 2018)

Personal Essay

• My mother’s peaceful death by Jane Peterson (March 2018)

• Did I choose the Western Slope, or did it choose me? by Melanie Wiseman (June 2018)

Profile

• Mr. Grammy: Ridgway’s master craftsman by Jan Weeks (January 2018)

• A shelter pet’s hero: Elaine Johnson-Craig devotes her life to homeless pets at Roice-Hurst Humane Society by Melanie Wiseman (March 2018)

Feature Writing

• A community’s best friend: K-9s take a bite out of crime by Kathy Applebee (August 2017)

• The keeper of all things Fruita: Lower Valley Heritage Room holds stories of Fruita’s history by CJ Payton (September 2017)

• Donating is in their blood: Family honors one man’s legacy by “paying it forward” by Melinda Mawdsley (September 2017)

• Faith, food and family: Christmas around the world by Jan Weeks (December 2017)

• Born 100 years too late: Mountain Men relive history by Diana Barnett (January 2018)

• “What’s your secret?” by Melanie Wiseman (February 2018)

• Bringing home the BEACON for over 30 years by Cloie Sandlin (May 2018)[/bscolumns][bscolumns class="one_half_last_clear"]

Topical Issue

• Gray Gourmet in a pickle: County can’t stomach meal service by Jan Weeks (September 2017)

• Love is always the answer by Susan Elenz (February 2018)

Front Cover Photo

• Western Colorado Senior Games (July 2017)

Feature Layout

• Time to scratch things off the itch list(January 2018)

• What's your secret? (February 2018)

• A shelter pet’s hero: Elaine Johnson-Craig devotes her life to homeless pets at Roice-Hurst Humane Society (March 2018)

Overall Design

• BEACON Senior Newspaper, Colorado

Annual Senior Resource Guide (Editorial & Design)

• 2018 BEACON Guide

Best Single Ad

• “Simply EAR-resistible,” AAA Hearing (February 2018)

• “Provide books for generations to come,” Montrose County Libraries (March 2018)

Website General Excellence

• BEACON Senior Newspaper, Colorado


And the winners are...

Editorial/Opinion

2nd Place -Don't waste your time on perfect by Kevin VanGundy

Personal Essay

2nd Place -My mother’s peaceful death by Jane Peterson

Profile

3rd Place -A shelter pet’s hero: Elaine Johnson-Craig devotes her life to homeless pets at Roice-Hurst Humane Society by Melanie Wiseman

Feature Writing

2nd Place -Donating is in their blood: Family honors one man’s legacy by “paying it forward” by Melinda Mawdsley

Topical Issue

1st Place -Gray Gourmet in a pickle: County can’t stomach meal service by Jan Weeks

Annual Senior Resource Guide (Editorial & Design)

1st Place (Design) - 2018 BEACON Guide

2nd Place (Editorial) - 2018 BEACON Guide

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Front Cover Photo

2nd Place - Western Colorado Senior Games

Feature Layout

3rd Place -Time to scratch things off the itch list

Overall Design

3rd Place - BEACON Senior Newspaper, Colorado

Best Single Ad

1st Place - “Simply EAR-resistible,” AAA Hearing

2nd Place - “Provide books for generations to come,” Montrose County Libraries

Website General Excellence

2nd Place

Putting together a BEACON isn’t easy. It takes novel ideas, creative design and photography, careful editing, intriguing and well-written stories, supportive advertisers and a dedicated staff.

I believe that the number and quality of the local articles we publish in the BEACON make us stand out at such competitions. Many of our award-winning stories about local people and local issues might never have been written if it weren’t for our wonderful, local writers. Thank you!

But above all, the BEACON would not be where it is today if it weren’t for you, our readers. Thank you for reading the BEACON Senior Newspaper.