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January 26, 2013

CJ racks up 16 KPA awards for 2012

Somerset —  

The entire editorial staff of the Commonwealth Journal was recognized for their achievements in community journalism during the Kentucky Press Association’s 2012 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest.
The Commonwealth Journal received a total of 16 awards Friday night — either first, second, or third place, or honorable mention — at the yearly convention for the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) in Louisville. 
“I’m excited for the awards,” said Rob McCullough, publisher of the Commonwealth Journal. “I’m proud of all the award winners and the staff for the excellent job that they did over the past year.”
The Commonwealth Journal compete in the Daily Class 2 category, against some of the larger community newspapers in the state (Class 2 is the middle-size category; papers like the Lexington Herald-Leader and Bowling Green Daily News are in Class 3).
The staff itself received a first-place award for “Best Investigative Story or Series,” for a four-part look at the effects of methamphetamine on the community that the Commonwealth Journal published in March 2012. Staff writers Chris Harris and Heather Tomlinson and news editor Jeff Neal each contributed stories to this series.
“This series on meth and its consequences is well-thought, thoroughly reported, skillfully written,” read the comments from the category’s judge (KPA contests are typically judged by media from another state; this year, it was Arkansas). “Also frightening. And so accomplishes a goal of good journalism. That is bring civic problems and their solutions, into the light.”
That was only one of four first-place honors for the Commonwealth Journal, however. Sports editor Steve Cornelius received first place for “Best Sports Story” for his  May 31 story “They Grew up Way Too Fast,” about a trio of high school athletes whom the sports editor recalled covering from the very start of their careers all the way all the way through their finals games.

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