‘Salute to Heroes’ earns Daily Sun News top honors


The Daily Sun News’ “Salute to Heroes” was named the top non-tourism special section for newspapers in Washington state with circulations that number below 5,000.

OLYMPIA - The Daily Sun News was singled out for six awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest awards dinner held in Olympia this past weekend.

Topping the list of accolades the Sunnyside newspaper garnered was a first-place award for its 2012 “Salute to Heroes” edition, a special section the Daily Sun News publishes each fall to commemorate Veterans Day.

Members of the Tennessee Press Association, who served as judges for the 2012-13 Washington state Better Newspaper Contest, marveled at the work that went into publishing the “Salute to Heroes” section.

“The breadth of this work is amazing,” the judges commented in announcing the Daily Sun News as having the top entry in the topical/non-tourism special sections category of the contest.

“A keeper if there ever was one,” the judges said.

“Readers of the Daily Sun News certainly have no excuse for not knowing their history. The research done to produce this work sets a standard for historical reporting,” the judges said in summing up their praise for this special section.

Besides having the top entry in the topical/non-tourism special sections category of the contest, the Daily Sun News also earned third-place accolades in that division for its 2012 edition of “Pride of the Valley.” Published each September, the special section highlights the people and accomplishments that Lower Valley residents can take pride in.

The Tennessee judges noted they were impressed by the effort expended to recognize outstanding people and projects in the local communities, and mentioned, too, the overwhelming support of local advertisers for the special section.

“It’s a lot of good reading that shows what this community is really made of,” the judges concluded in singling out the DSN’s “Pride of the Valley” section.

The Daily Sun News also was presented two photography awards. The two people behind the lenses honored for their work, who have since departed the DSN for other employment, are Aaron Rider and Amber Schlenker.

Rider garnered second-place honors in the color photos essay category. He produced an “Our Valley & Beyond” full-page photo essay, published each Thursday by the DSN, highlighting the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Portland, Ore.

The judges said Rider’s work was a good selection of images, “…each photograph offers a different view of this little world.”


Amber Schlenker’s photo of a police officer conducting a search for an armed suspect was deemed the second best for spot news photography.

Schlenker’s award-winning photo, deemed second best in the contest category of spot news photography, was of a police officer helping to search for an at-large convict in Sunnyside. The judges from Tennessee commented the photo was framed and cropped well, which helped depict the seriousness of this breaking event.

A regular fixture at the Daily Sun News since 1999, reporter Jennie McGhan also earned accolades in Olympia this past weekend. Her story, entitled “Unleash the dogs,” was judged third best in the category of sports features. McGhan’s piece detailed the hunting dog trials that are staged just outside Sunnyside each year at the Anderson Ranch.

The judges from Tennessee said “…this story made the sport of hunting come to life.”

The sixth and final award presented to the Daily Sun News was deemed the second-place entry in the category of the use of clip art in an advertisement. Publisher Tim Graff was cited for the artwork he chose to include in an ad that spotlighted the employees of the Grandview School District. The contest judges said serious thought went into the production of this advertisement, noting too, that when seeing it they couldn’t help stopping to see what the ad’s message was about.


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