We are proud of our new designation -- winners of the 2013 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence Advertising Sweepstakes.
The award was announced at the KPA Convention on Saturday in Topeka.
Because of our circulation, The Smoke Signal competes in the Non-Daily Division III (large newspaper) category. The Sweepstakes Award is the top award for the year in the state and given in both Editorial and Advertising.
To compete, we submitted samples of our work from 2012 in January and they were judged by the press association from another state. Earlier this spring, were received word we had won several individual awards. Those awards are tallied for the Sweepstakes.
Our advertising awards were:
First Place -- Best Grocery Ad, Jacob Keehn (our ad designer in Junction City); Best Automotive Ad, James Fisher (JC); Best Classified Display Ad; Best Specialty Ad, Shannon Fritz; Best Political Ad, Keehn; Best Entertainment Ad, Fritz; Best Agricultural Ad, Sarah Lieswald (JC).
Second Place -- Best Professional Services Ad, Beth Day; Best Automotive Ad, Fritz; Best Specialty Ad, Fritz; Best Health Care Ad, Fritz; Best Entertainment Ad, Fritz; Best Ad Series or Campaign, Day; Best House Ad, Fritz.
Third Place -- Best Professional Services Ad, Leiswald; Best Automotive Ad, Fritz; Best Community Event Ad, Keehn; Best House Ad, Keehn.
In addition, we swept the Best Special Advertising Section Category. First place: Graduation Edition-- Day, Fritz, Joyce Martin; Second Place -- Santa Letters, Day, Fritz, Jessi Fritz; Third Place -- Women in Business, Day, Fritz.
The Smoke Signal also got a few nods on the editorial side:
Second Place -- Education Story, Day; Community Service Project, Day; Best Use of Photos and Best Sports Sections.
Third Place -- Series, Day.
While there may be names on most of these awards, we are a very small staff. If we didn’t have editorial content that people wanted to see, we wouldn’t have advertising. So it’s appropriate for me to acknowledge all the people who worked in our office during 2012, and how much they are involved in the production of The Smoke Signal.
Shannon Fritz -- Shannon’s job is primarily advertising sales but she also covers the Pottawatomie County Commission and designs some ads and advertising sections. She also does some sports photography.
Joyce Martin -- Joyce was our office manager for much of 2012 and handled administration and classified ads.
Jessica Fritz -- Jessi took over the office manager’s position when Joyce retired in August. She took on the added role of webmaster and has begun some photography.
Lori Scoggins -- Lori works on the editorial side, covering Rock Creek and St. Marys school boards and Wamego City Commission. She also does other feature writing and a little photography.
Paula Ebert -- Paula is primarily on our editorial side, covering Wabaunsee County Commission, St. Marys City Commission, Westmoreland City Council and Mill Creek Valley School Board. She also does feature writing.
Last, but by no means least, is the production work we get from Junction City. Led by Jacob Keehn, the ad builders at the Daily Union design and build approximately two-thirds of the advertising appearing in The Smoke Signal.