The Kansas City Star has won seven awards in the annual Society for Features Journalism Excellence in Features writing contest, including two firsts (video storytelling, diversity in digital features), four seconds (best section, general feature, arts & entertainment feature, general commentary portfolio) and one third (integrated storytelling). The awards were announced Tuesday.
First-place winners were Aaron Randle, Shelly Yang and Monty Davis for a video and story package about rising hip-hop stars in Kansas City, and the “I am” series featuring people whose lives have aspects that have intersected with the news.
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The awards gave The Star second place in the sweepstakes award for its division (circulation 90,000-199,999). Kathy Lu, The Star’s assistant managing editor for features, is also the president of the SFJ board this year. The group will host its national conference in Kansas City Sept. 27-30.