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The Kansas Press Association's annual convention in Overland Park this past weekend was a rousing success.
Or was it?
The Kansas Press Association crowned sweepstakes award winners at the annual Awards of Excellence luncheon at the KPA convention in Overland Park April 23.
Newspapers competed in six circulation categories in both news and advertising. Sweepstakes award winners are the newspapers that accumulate the most points among their peer publications. First places get 100 points, second place receives 70 points and third places receives 60 points.
OVERLAND PARK — Two long-time Kansas newspaper professionals were inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame Friday night at the annual meeting of the Kansas Press Association here.
The meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton also included recognition for journalists for community service, investigative reporting and career accomplishments.
Allen Webster Hawkins, a 57-year resident of Osawatomie, Kansas, died Friday, April 8, 2016. He was 90 years old. He had recently been in declining health. He was a noted former Kansas newspaper editor-publisher and community leader.
We need for members to begin signing up to judge the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
Categories will include news, editorial, photography and design. Judging will take place between April 27 and May 18. 2016.
Kansas Press Association members and friends have a chance to take advantage of matching gifts to help underwrite a video on the life of Kansas' most famous journalist, the "Sage of Emporia."
The video on White's life is about to begin production, but it can't start without seed money to underwrite the production expenses.
In October, the Hutchinson News along with sister paper, The Garden City Telegram, launched a joint Sunday print edition. The Telegram, with a circulation of 4,500, previously only published Monday through Saturday, but readers wanted local coverage every day of the week.
Two historic Kansas newspaper families today announced a change in ownership of the Junction City Daily Union, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, and Wamego Smoke Signal.
Chris Walker and the White Corporation, owner of the Emporia Gazette, will assume ownership of the publications effective March 1. While John Montgomery, president of Montgomery Communications, will be retiring from day-to-day operational responsibility, he will continue to maintain an office at the Daily Union, assist in the transition, and remain involved in an advisory capacity.
TOPEKA — The winners of the "It Can Wait" essay contest co-sponsored by AT&T and the Kansas Press Association include an Atchison seventh grader and a senior at Iola High School.
Winners of $500 awards are Rylee Crowell, a student at St. Benedict Catholic School, and Abigail Taylor, an Iola senior.
An editor who helped The Ottawa Herald achieve acclaim as one of the top newspapers in the state has been chosen to lead the nearly 150-year-old media company.
Tommy Felts, now managing editor, is set to become The Herald’s editor and publisher March 7. He will succeed departing publisher Jeanny Sharp, who has been named advertising director of The Hutchinson News, a sister company of The Herald.
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