The Best Times Magazine received six writing awards Saturday, June 8, at the Kansas City Press Club’s 2019 Heart of America Awards Banquet.
The Heart of America Awards handed out annually by the KC Press Club, which is the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, recognize print (daily, non-daily and magazine) and broadcast (both TV and radio) journalists from across eastern Kansas and western Missouri.
In the trade and specialty publications category, The Best Times received one silver award for column writing and four bronze awards for editorial/commentary, profile, feature and business reporting/writing. The magazine also won an honorable mention award for profile writing. Award-winning stories included: Small Railroad Keeps Air Center on Track; Father Survived War, His Son Did Not; 911 Dispatchers Take Calls from Tragic to Quirky; Changing Lives by Teaching Welding Skills; Words Always Matter; Yes, Barbara, There’s….
The recognition comes on the heels of the 2019 Awards of Excellence Contest by the Kansas Press Association when The Best Times placed third place in the magazine category for non-daily publications and received two writing awards – second place for editorial writing and third place for seniors’ story. The magazine also won a second-place award for community service project in its promotion/support of the 2018 Veterans Day event that recognized approximately 500 veterans of the Vietnam War Era.