BEACON Senior Newspaper wins national awards

Christmas comes early every year for the BEACON staff when our publisher, Kevin, returns from the annual North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) convention.

This year’s convention took place in Oak Brook, Illinois just outside of Chicago. Aside from seeing the sights with other senior publishers from across the country, a highlight of the convention is the awards banquet, where senior publications big and small vie for top honors in a variety of categories. Publications are independently judged on the quality of their written content, editing, design, photography, web content and more by the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. The best are then commended for their efforts with awards.

This year, your BEACON Senior Newspaper and its staff were nominated in the following categories:

General Excellence
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Column Review
“Talking Digital” by Adam Cochran
“Alive & Digging” by Paige Slaughter

Personal Essay
“Do you speak? Neither do I” by Jan Weeks (June 2017)
“Just a dusty old box” by Terri Benson (March 2017)

Feature Writing
“Living history in Cuba” by Melanie Wiseman (January 2017)
“Growing up is optional: Experience the magic of Disney” by Diana Barnett (April 2017)
“Staring in the face of danger: a ride-along with Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies” by Kathy Applebee (June 2017)
“Good things come in tiny spaces” by Jan Weeks (June 2017)
“Marijuana in the Grand Valley: It’s been a long, strange trip” by Susan Elenz (April 2017)
“Reel women on the fly” by Melanie Wiseman (March 2017)
“Leave your voice behind for loved ones” by Melinda Mawdsley (March 2017)

Topical Issue
“Is the North Fork going south?” by Robert Cox (May 2017)

Special Section
Summer Travel & Festivals (June 2017)

How-to Feature
“How to pass down your heirlooms without breaking up your family” by Cecily Whiteside (March 2017)

Profile
“A rough and tumble day at the office: Hollywood stuntman retires in Grand Junction” by Amanda Arnold (January 2017)
“Grandma is one tough mudder” by Melanie Wiseman (October 2016)
“Ready to jump? Betty Teegarden’s skydiving adventure” by Jan Weeks (February 2017)
“The wheel deal: Judy Lokey gets ready for her 17th Ride the Rockies” by April Martinez (June 2017)

Front Cover Photo
“Create A Legacy” (March 2017) by Melanie Wiseman
“Grandma is one tough mudder” (October 2016)

Feature Layout
“Reel women on the fly” (March 2017)
“Join the coloring craze” (October 2016)

Overall Design
• BEACON Senior Newspaper

Annual Senior Resource Guide (Editorial & Design)
2017 BEACON Guide

Website General Excellence
• BEACON Senior Newspaper


And the winners are…

General Excellence
3rd Place, BEACON Senior Newspaper

Column Review
1st Place, “Talking Digital” by Adam Cochran

Personal Essay
2nd Place, “Just a dusty old box” by Terri Benson (March 2017)

Feature Writing
2nd Place, “Good things come in tiny spaces” by Jan Weeks (June 2017)

Topical Issue
1st Place, “Is the North Fork going south?” by Robert Cox (May 2017)

Special Section
1st Place, Summer Travel & Festivals (June 2017)

Front Cover Photo
1st Place, “Grandma is one tough mudder” (October 2016)
2nd Place, “Create A Legacy” (March 2017) by Melanie Wiseman

Feature Layout
2nd Place, “Join the coloring craze” (October 2016)
3rd Place, “Reel women on the fly” (March 2017)

Overall Design
3rd Place, BEACON Senior Newspaper, Colorado

Annual Senior Resource Guide
1st Place Design, 2017 BEACON Guide
3rd Place Editorial, 2017 BEACON Guide

Website General Excellence
1st Place, www.BeaconSeniorNews.com

Best of Show
For the first time in my years at the BEACON, we walked away with the Best of Show award—the top award in our division.


Putting together a BEACON isn’t easy. It takes novel ideas, creative design and photography, careful editing, intriguing and well-written stories, supportive advertisers and a dedicated staff.

I believe that the number and quality of the local articles we publish in the BEACON make us stand out at such competitions. Many of our award-winning stories about local people and local issues might never have been written if it weren’t for our wonderful, local writers. Thank you!

But above all, the BEACON would not be where it is today if it weren’t for you, our readers. Thank you for reading the BEACON Senior Newspaper.

Cloie Sandlin

Cloie Sandlin

Cloie Sandlin is the editor of the BEACON Senior News. She has been with Pendant Publishing since 2009.
Cloie Sandlin

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