Free Press earns 14 KPA awards

The Hillsboro Free Press has received a total of 14 editorial and advertising awards through the Kansas Press Associa?tion?s ?Awards of Excel?lence? contest.

The awards were presented Saturday during KPA?s annual convention in Junction City.

For editorial work, the Free Press received two first-place awards, one in Editorial Writing and one in Feature Story.

The first award was based on the submission of three editorials written during 2014. The second award was for the story about a son?s effort to learn more about the drowning death of his father, a beloved Hillsboro schoolteacher, and two of his students in 1942.

The Free Press placed second in both Reli?gion Story and Sports Story, as well as two overall evaluation categories: News and Writing Excellence, and Sports Pages.

The Free Press also placed second in Best Maga?zine for HarveyCountyNOW. com, which debuted in 2014.

The newspaper placed third in three categories: Sports Column Writing, for Joe Kleinsasser?s ?Sideline Slants,? for Best Front Page and for Editorial Pages.

In advertising, the Free Press won the top award for Best Automotive Ad. It claimed second place in Best Agricultural Ad and in Special Section-Advertis?ing and received third place for Best Hardware Ad.

For the KPA?s ?Awards of Excellence? contest, newspapers are assigned to one of six divisions based on their frequency of publication and total circulation.

The Free Press is assigned to the largest circulation category for non-daily newspapers. As a result, it competes with large staff/budget publications such as the Wichita Business Journal and the Kansas City Business Journal.

?We?re honored to be recognized with some awards, particularly considering the competition we face,? said Don Ratzlaff, editor. ?At the same time, the contest reminds us we have a lot of room for improvement.

?To rate highly in News and Writing Excellence speaks to the quality and commitment of our staff,? he added. ?Similar affirmation goes to the reporters and photographers who contribute to our sports coverage and our opinion pages.?

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