Sounder and Journal win awards for home state newspapers

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The staff of The Islands’ Sounder and Journal of the San Juan Islands won eight state newspaper awards this month.

The winners of the 2021 Washington Better Newspaper competition were announced at the 134th annual meeting of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association on October 8 online. Approximately 51 papers from across the state entered the contest. This year the judges for the Washington newspapers were from Kentucky.

Special section of the community guide: Sounder and Journal staff Colleen Smith, Mandi Johnson, Diane Craig, Tate Thomson and Laura Kussman took second place in all four broadcast divisions for The Book of the San Juans.

Health or medical history, first place: Laura Kussman, sounder of the islands “The amputation of a leg did not slow down Jacob Hansen”

Health or medical history, third place: Mandi Johnson, Journal of San Juan, “Unapproved COVID-19 ‘vaccine’ causes a stir

Animal Feature story, second place: Colleen Smith, Islands’ Sounder, “Crossing State Borders to Find Homes Forever”

Editorial, first place: Colleen Smith, Islands’ Sounder, “Vacation rentals are part of a bigger problem”

Feature article on the company, first place: Colleen Smith, Islands’ Sounder, “Eco-Friendly Laundry Services”

Personality profile, short, first place: Colleen Smith, Islands’ Sounder, “Interview with Newspaper Delivery Guy Jerry Carter”

Personality profile, short, third place: Colleen Smith, Islands’ Sounder, “The Sweet Scent of Romance and Business”


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