Post's Style Section Earns Top Honors In Competition

By Elissa Silverman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Style section of The Washington Post has won first place for general excellence in the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism competition for the second consecutive year.

The competition, which began in 1960, is regarded as one of the oldest and best-known feature writing contests in American newspaper journalism.

The judges singled out the Style section for praise when, they said, many of even the biggest and best newspapers are cutting back or eliminating feature sections.

At such a time, they said, "the Post continues to dazzle."

The judges cited the Style section's "range of subject matter, depth of reporting and, well, style."

Amid other strong competitors in the large-newspaper category, the judges said, The Post "especially stands out for the quality of its writing."

In hard-news stories, the judges said, the writing was "clear and crisp." In soft features, they added, "it's elegant."

They called the newspaper's lifestyle sections "a pleasure to read."

The competition, once known as the Penney-Missouri competition, is sponsored and administered by the Missouri School of Journalism.

It awards trophies and a total of $18,000 in prize money each year to writers, editors and newspapers.

Its rules say that entries must exhibit excellent writing, an interesting approach and valuable subject matter.

The Missouri School of Journalism was regarded as the world's first college-level journalism school when it was founded 99 years ago at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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