Star-Telegram Life & Arts section earns national recognition

The Star-Telegram’s Life & Arts section this week was named one of the best features sections in the country by the Society for Features Journalism.

The daily section was awarded third place in its circulation category (90,000-199,000) in the Best Section contest of SFJ’s annual Excellence-in-Features awards. The distinction was for work completed in 2015.

The features section of the Kansas City Star, which, like the Star-Telegram, is owned by the McClatchy Company, won first place in the same division. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette came in second. The Austin American-Statesman earned fourth place.

SFJ is a national organization that promotes writing and innovation in lifestyle and arts & entertainment journalism. The Best Section contest recognizes “the best regularly occurring features sections that focus on arts & entertainment, lifestyles or other features coverage.”

Among the Star-Telegram work submitted for consideration were a Sunday package called “Heroes Among Us,” which turned readers’ photos of loved ones with cancer into a poster-sized mosaic; “Keys to the Future,” a comprehensive Sunday package previewing the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition; and a Friday section featuring the “Burger Battle.”

Judges called the cancer project “compelling” and the events section “meaty.”

Winners will be honored at the SFJ national conference in August in Austin.