Star-Telegram Features section wins top honor

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The Star-Telegram’s Life & Arts section has been named among the top three Features sections in medium-size newspaper markets in 2013 by the Society for Features Journalism.

The Best Section commendation, announced Monday as part of SFJ’s 26th annual Excellence in Features Journalism awards, recognizes achievements in writing, service to the community, interaction with readers, usefulness and strong visual presentation.

The Star-Telegram last earned the distinction in 2010.

Features sections from the St. Louis Post Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., also were named Best Section in the Star-Telegram’s division (circulation 99,001-199,999). The Los Angeles Times, (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune and Washington Post won in large markets, and the Colorado Springs Gazette, Edmonton (Canada) Journal and Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram won in the small division.

The Star-Telegram’s 2013 entry included multiplatform coverage of the opening of the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion, the Kimbell’s groundbreaking Bernini exhibition and the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It also included the Very Merry Cookie Challenge 10th anniversary cookie book and the craft beer battle series.

About the Star-Telegram’s daily section (which includes the Friday entertainment guide), judges said: “These sections present an exceptional range of coverage. Sure, it’s easy to fall for the cookie section and its accompanying cookbook, but the scope of this entry goes far beyond frivolity with exceptional arts coverage and fun-to-read restaurant recommendations. Strong visuals and spacious design further enhance the content.”

In addition, the Features staff won third place for the Piano Pavilion package and honorable mention for Cliburn competition coverage, both in the Integrated Storytelling category.

SFJ, an organization that promotes features journalism in the United States and Canada, will recognize the winners in August in Nashville. For a complete list of winners, visit

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