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Record earns state awards Paper grabs photo, story, ad honors

The Snoqualmie Valley Record’s former publisher and camera buff Jim McKiernan snapped this shot of a young cheerleader for the Jan. 30, 2008, issue. The photo netted a first-place award in the annual Washington Newspaper Publisher Association Better Newspaper Contest. - Jim McKiernan / Snoqualmie Valley Record
The Snoqualmie Valley Record’s former publisher and camera buff Jim McKiernan snapped this shot of a young cheerleader for the Jan. 30, 2008, issue. The photo netted a first-place award in the annual Washington Newspaper Publisher Association Better Newspaper Contest.
— image credit: Jim McKiernan / Snoqualmie Valley Record

The Snoqualmie Valley Record picked up a bevy of awards this month, in the Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Former Publisher Jim McKiernan got a first-place award in Best General News Color Photo for his shot of a cheerleader. McKiernan also received second place in the Best Sports Color Action Photo category for his shot accompanying the story “Wildcats hope to solidify season.”

Editor Seth Truscott got first place in the Best Government Reporting category for “Snoqualmie’s International Incident,” his story about the city of Snoqualmie’s strong stand over a proclamation regarding the Chinese exercise group Falon Dafa.

Reporter Denise Miller picked up a third-place Best Education Story nod for her story, “Slicing and dicing their way to success,” about the Mount Si High School culinary arts program.

Former editor Leif Nesheim received a second place in the Best Crime and Courts Story category for his coverage of the Christmas Eve killings in Carnation.

The Valley Record received first place for Best Editorial Page, with the issue featuring McKiernan’s “Hospitals and Fireworks” editorial being a favorite.

Editor Seth Truscott picked up a second-place nod for best design of a single page, for the March 19, 2008, front page featuring stories by Denise Miller on fishing boat captain Keith Colburn and Valley veteran Dave Lake and a photo by McKiernan.

“These awards help show the great work that our staff, past and present, have been doing,” Truscott said. “The recognition feels good. It reflects on the Valley as a busy, vibrant community with award-winning stories to tell.”

Award-winning ads

In the advertising category, Advertising Account Executive Leesa McKay and former creative ad designer Rachel Duncan picked up second place for Best Multiple-advertiser Ad on less than one page, for their “Treat your Sweetheart” ad.

Duncan and former ad executive Christina Wester also picked up second-place honors for a Multiple-Advertiser Ad on one full page or more, for their “Ridge Shopping Event” promotion.

McKay and Duncan got second place for Most Original Ad Idea for their Absolute Import and Domestic ad.

They also received a second-place nod for best youth-oriented content for “Candy Harvest.”

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