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The Lancaster News advertising staff won three awards and the newsroom won two awards in the Landmark Communication Newspaper Inc. annual advertising and editorial contest held last week in Louisville, Ky.
The contest was judged by the staff of The Virginian Pilot, the flagship paper of The Lancaster News’ parent company, Landmark Communications Newspapers Inc.
The advertising staff, which includes Leigh Airington, Lori Sistare, Linda O’Neil, Joli Oliver, Gary Green, Mica Jones, Katie Harrell, Tracy Vaughn, Vicki Jenkins, Michelle Craig, Wanda Linderman and Heather Mullins-Teasley, won first place in Business Sig Sponsorships category for The Christmas Holiday Traditions special publication.
The advertising staff won runner up in the Multiple Participants category for Here’s My Card special publication.
Airington was recognized as the runner up in the LCNI Automotive Development category.
“We have a great staff at The Lancaster News,” Airington said. “It is an honor to receive these awards, which recognize our sales efforts toward new product development aimed at meeting advertisers’ needs.”
In the editorial contest, Jamey Shepherd, news editor, won second place for Best Front Page Design. Photographer Aaron Morrison won third place in Sports Photography.
“Most of the stories on this newspaper’s front pages contain design elements that help the reader: information boxes, refers to inside stories, etc. They are very reader-friendly pages. Also, great refer information at the bottom of the front pages. The reader-appreciated Hometown Hero feature also makes this newspaper appear very community oriented,” the judges wrote.
Morrison’s photo was “another jubilation shot that worked,” judges said.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.,” said Susan Rowell, publisher. “Winning these awards, where we compete with newspapers in our own company, confirms our desire to achieve excellence. I am extremely proud of our advertising and editorial staff and their commitment to giving their best.”
Editor Barbara Rutledge echoed Rowell’s comments.
“We congratulate all the winners,” Rutledge said. “We’re very proud of their hard work and the recognition they earned for it.”