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By Paul Archipley

Beacon journalists feted at annual newspaper association confab


Last updated 10/18/2019 at 6:36pm

Two members of the Beacon Publishing newsroom were honored with a handful of awards last week at the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Olympia.

Sports editor David Pan won five awards, including 2nd place for 2019 Sportswriter of the Year.

Pan also won a 2nd place in the Sports News Story category about “Unified Basketball Teams” and a 3rd place in the same category for a story in the Mukilteo Beacon on a “Kamiak-Mariner Shooting Incident.”

In addition, Pan won a 1st place for a Color Sports Photo in the Features category for a story in the Edmonds Beacon titled “Edmonds-Woodway wraps its season,” and a 3rd place in the same category for a story in the Mukilteo Beacon titled “Kamiak coach steps down.”

Editor Brian Soergel walked away with four honors for stories he wrote for the Edmonds Beacon.

He won 2nd place in the Environmental Story category for a story about Edmonds’ “Electric Vehicle Mandate.”

He took a 1st place in the Social Issue category for a story titled “A New Man,” another 1st in the Personality Profile category for a story about Emily Locke, a woman who persevered despite a rare disease, and a 1st in the Color Portrait category for his photo on the “Memorial Day Salute.”

“David and Brian earned their awards,” Publisher Paul Archipley said. “They are dedicated and hard-working journalists who endeavor throughout the year to provide quality reporting, editing and photography for our readers.

“Behind the scenes, we have a solid staff who don’t always get the attention, but who help make the publication of our newspapers possible. I’m proud of the entire team.”

Founded in 1887, the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association represents about 100 community newspapers in Washington state.

The association is dedicated to helping members advance editorial excellence, financial viability, professional development, and a high standard of publication quality and community leadership.

In collaboration with Allied Daily Newspapers and the Washington Coalition on Open Government, WNPA advocates for transparent government and press freedom.


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