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Beacon publisher wins top honor


October 14, 2018

Paul Archipley, owner of Beacon Publishing, picked up the top award at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 131st convention. In addition, three Beacon staffers won a total of eight awards in the WNPA’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Archipley was honored Friday, Oct. 12, in Yakima with the Miles Turnbull Editor Publisher Award, the convention’s highest honor for editors and publishers.

Each year, the board of directors awards it to “an editor or publisher who has worked hard and unselfishly and made a significant contribution to his or her newspaper, community and state, as well as to WNPA.” The 131-year-old WNPA represents 110 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington state, providing workshops, legal representation, lobbying in Olympia and other services to its membership.

Archipley is publisher of the Mukilteo, Edmonds and Mill Creek Beacons. He served as WNPA president in 2010 and 2011.

Said Archipley: “Whether you’re writing or editing the stories, shooting the photos, selling the ads, building the pages, delivering the papers or any number of other important tasks that make community newspapers run, you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing work that matters.

“In this era when people in power are calling us the enemy, trying constantly to make our work harder, when repressive regimes in other parts of the world are even murdering our brothers and sisters in journalism, our work – whether it’s in a major metro zone or a tiny backwater village – is more important than ever.

“When many are trying to close the doors on truth, we have to fight even harder to keep them open.”

News awards

The Better Newspaper Contest awards featured entries from 59 newspapers throughout Washington in four circulation groups.

The Edmonds Beacon and Mukilteo Beacon competed against other weekly newspapers with circulations between 5,001 and 12,500. The Mill Creek Beacon publishes twice monthly, and is not eligible.

More than 1,100 news stories and photos were entered in a variety of categories.This year’s entries, from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, were judged by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Edmonds Beacon Editor Brian Soergel picked up two first-place honors in the competition.

The first came for “City Council Extends Ban on Crumb Rubber Turf” from April 27.

“Excellent article,” judges wrote. “Lots of information from different sides of the topic, great use of quotes. A long article, but interesting and easy to read and follow.”

Soergel also won for “Dishin’ With Dez,” a profile of Daphnes bartender Desmond Van Rensburg for Oct. 19.

Judges praised the article for “just the right lighthearted approach and writing style here, and a fun mix of the-guy-you-know-at-the-bar with who he is behind the persona. The article and the No. 2 entry were both excellent; what edged this into the top spot was the voice, a little different writing style than most profiles.”

Mukilteo Beacon Editor Brandon Gustafson was awarded first place for his Dec. 26 front-page story “Local creates coloring book.” It focuses on a Picnic Point man who co-wrote a tongue-in-cheek coloring book called “I Am So Sick of White Guys.”

“The writer does well to show the subject’s sense of humor while tracing the backstory of a humorous book steeped in today’s political frustrations,” judges wrote.

Gustafson also won second place for “Mukilteo local helps adapt toys for special needs children through UW-based program” and third place for “Grandmother spoils school shooting plan.”

Beacon Sports Editor David Pan’s “Football fever heating up,” which competed in the color sports feature photo category, took first place for the Mukilteo Beacon. “The photographer captured the kids’ enthusiasm in a technically well-composed and exposed photo,” judges wrote.

Pan also earned third place in the same category with his photo, “Having a ball.”

Pan also was honored for his story, “Team effort lifts Knights to title,” which won second place and was published in the Mukilteo Beacon.

Archipley said he’s proud to work with a team of professionals at Beacon Publishing.

“These awards demonstrate the hard work and caring my newsroom team puts into their jobs,” he said. “And, while they get the plaudits, I’m also honored to work alongside a dedicated staff behind the scenes. Without them, the Beacon wouldn’t exist.”


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