2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 12010         First Place Personality Photo: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Alissa...
2 • 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners                                            JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR                      ...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 3FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD                          CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2             ...
4 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersDAILY DIVISIONDaily Over 60,000Spot News Reporting  FIRST: The State, Noelle Phillips an...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 5Series of Articles  FIRST: The Post and Courier, Adam Parker and Gene  Sapakoff, “State ...
6 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersSpot News Photo   FIRST: The Greenville News, Ken Osburn, “Train   derailment”        Ju...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 7Photo Gallery on a Website FIRST: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “S.C. guardsmen to A...
8 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersNews Feature Writing  BEST OF THE BEST: Herald-Journal, Jason Spencer,  “Much More than ...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 9Page One Design Portfolio BEST OF THE BEST: Herald-Journal, Shana Gray      Judges’ comm...
10 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersDaily 20,000-60,000 &Under 20,000 CombinedBusiness Reporting  FIRST: The Herald, Don Wo...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 11News Feature Writing  FIRST: The Island Packet, Josh McCann, Ice Cream  Float       Jud...
12 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersSpot Sports Story  FIRST: The Island Packet, Justin Jarrett, “Close Horse”        Judge...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 13Personality Photo or Portrait  FIRST: Index-Journal, Sam O’Keefe, “Glenda  Kingsmore”  ...
14 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersFeature Headline Writing  FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Wendy Jeffcoat Crider        J...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 15WEEKLY                                                    Profile Feature Writing or St...
16 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersPage One Design Portfolio  FIRST: The Press & Standard, Katrena McCall  and Taylor Smit...
2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 17Weekly Over 6,000                                         Short Story                  ...
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners
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2010 SCPA News Contest Tabloid of Winners

  1. 1. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 12010 First Place Personality Photo: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Alissandra Von Rose”NEWS CONTEST AWARD WINNERS Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism
  2. 2. 2 • 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Daily Division Weekly Division DAVID WREN JERRY BELLUNE The Sun News Lexington County Chronicle & David graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a degree in mass communications/journalism. The Dispatch News His first reporting job was at The Journal- Jerry and his wife MacLeod publish the Lexington County Messenger in Manassas, Va., covering Prince Chronicle & The Dispatch News and a variety of niche William County. He went from there to the Daily publications. Since his days carrying a before-dawn route for Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and then to the The Greenville News, Jerry has been involved in every aspect of Martinsville Bulletin in Martinsville, Va., where he the newspaper industry, from small weeklies to large was assistant sports editor. Metropolitan dailies. He first came to The Sun News as a sports copy editor in The Chronicle has won more than 300 national and state awards 1991, but quickly moved into reporting, where he quickly for excellence in advertising and journalism under his leadership. set the stage for what would become his trademark: Since his first newspaper job with The Greenville News, hedogged persistence and the patience to delve into the documents that hold the real story. worked at newspapers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before returning to South In 1999, he left The Sun News to work for The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, but Carolina to publish the weekly newspaper in Lexington.returned to Myrtle Beach in 2001 as metro editor. Eventually his heart would lead him He is also a published author with numerous books in print about motivation, leadershipback to reporting where he has excelled at classic watchdog reporting, uncovering and being an entrepreneur.untold examples of tax spending abuses by public agencies and charities.Judge’s Comments: Wren’s work fulfills journalism’s core mission: speak truth to Judge’s Comments: It’s been said that “old guys rule.” Jerry Bellune has been running his racepower. His reporting reveals the intensity of his curiosity and the depth of his long enough to (semi-) retire, and he’s still as good as and sometimes better than hisinquisitiveness. A remarkable body of work that rips away the veil on public and competitors. His readers continue to benefit from his dedication to old-style journalisticprivate corruption. Taxpayers and readers should thank him. integrity, and each one ought to thank him personally.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARDDaily Winner work was being done for their money. The entries JUDSON CHAPMAN show strong leadership of the newsroom man- agement team, including Editor Bill Hawkins and PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD City Editor Rick Nelson. FIRST: The Post and Courier, Gene Sapakoff, “TheThe Charleston Post and Courier deserves first place SECOND PLACE Guardians”for its holistic approach to Freedom of Informa-tion and the kind of reporting it requires. This Judges Comments: Excellent job giving childrenyear’s Post and Courier FOI efforts, even dissected Myrtle Beach Sun News reporter a voice in society. A clear outcome here: doubleinto parts, would be a collection of strong entries. David Wren seems to never the number of advocates.The most compelling ingredient in the body of have a shortage of doors that SECOND: Greenville Journal, April Silvaggio,2010 work was the tenacious reporting by Diane need to be kicked open in and “Nobody’s Choice”Knich on South Carolina State University’s slap- around the Grand Strand, and THIRD: The Post and Courier; Katy Stech, Daviddash accounting for governmental grant money. in 2010 he focused on William Slade and Yvonne Wenger, “Boeing’s whoppingThe school had stonewalled media inquiries Bailey, the public safety direc- incentives”for almost 20 years but Knich’s reporting forced tor for North Myrtle Beach,disclosures and ultimately an audit by the South who lied about whether he hadCarolina Law Enforcement Division. ReportersDavid Slade and Glenn Smith also produced locked his city-issued handgun in his pickup truck the night it Congratulations was stolen. When the lie was exposed, Bailey wasstrong series on Charleston governmental spend-ing practices and an investigation into a fire thatkilled nine firefighters, respectively. But that suspended, demoted and then ultimately forced to resign. That story became broader after Bailey’s to the 2010 Newswasn’t all the Post and Courier did. There wereother impressive examples of strong reporting suspension, when a former officer who questioned Contest Winners!that helped taxpayers understand what kind of CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
  3. 3. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 3FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 the way with a series of hard-hitting stories into an illegal meeting of the Holly Springs Fire Com-Bailey’s leadership produced secretly taped con- mission, which voted in a secret, unannouncedversations that showed a police department in meeting to fire Chief Lee Jeffcoat. A judge or-which political favors were common, officers were dered the chief reinstated and the board backedintimidated and senior officers made sexually of- Weekly Winner down on the firing. Later the board membersfensive remarks about co-workers and crime vic- faced criminal charges for the FOI violations, The Middle Tyger Times earned top honors fortims. This was yet another clear example of Wren’s after a judge found probable cause that they vio- in the weekly division for an entry that wouldintrepid reporting, and Sun News Editor Trisha lated the FOI law. This was a first in South Caro- make any daily or weekly proud. The Times wasO’Connor’s commitment of newsroom resources lina for a public official to face criminal charges involved in a months-long effort starting in theto pursue its invaluable watchdog role. under the FOIA. That matter is still pending. summer of 2010 with reporter Jay King leading PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Daily Division Weekly Division JANET BLACKMON MICHAEL SMITH MORGAN Carolina Forest Chronicle The Sun News Judges’ comments: Best all around. A good Judges’ comments: Best overall portfolio in a photographer is out in his or her community very competitive division. Great eye. Your interacting and capturing the stories for photos have great impact and tell a story. The readers. It is clear that Mr. Smith is everywhere body of work is varied and we were that he can be. A top notch portfolio that is not impressed with the overall quality and only well rounded in topics portrayed, but is creativity of your work. thoughtful and creative. First Place Pictorial : The Sun News. Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Daisy chomps a strawberry,” by Michael Smith, Carolina Forest Chronicle “Reflection at the fair”CREDITSThe South Carolina Press Association and its members would like to thank The Times and Democrat for printing this special publication. Production credit goes toMichael Ball of the Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News. Thanks to the members of the Arkansas Press Association who judged the 2010 News Contest.
  4. 4. 4 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersDAILY DIVISIONDaily Over 60,000Spot News Reporting FIRST: The State, Noelle Phillips and Adam Beam, “City Manager Fires Columbia Police Chief ” Judges’ comments: Comprehensive, thorough coverage of a breaking news event with multiple sources, solid background and details on how the event could help impact city and county residents. SECOND: The Greenville News, Ron Barnett, “Afghan Blast Ends Soldier’s Lifelong Dream” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Prentiss Findlay, “‘Weakest Moment’ Results in Death”Enterprise Reporting FIRST: The Post and Courier, David Slade and Diane Knich, “Why is College Tuition So High?” Judges’ comments: The reporters and their newspaper performed a public service by examining the data and proving that steep tuition increases resulted from college administrator’s bricks-and-motor arms race Spot News Photo First: The Greenville News, Ken Osburn “Train derailment” more than tight state budgets. Strong analysis and clear writing. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Katy Stech, David News Feature Writing Short Story Slade and Yvonne Wenger, “Boeings Whopping FIRST: The State, Dawn Hinshaw, “Wanted: A Good FIRST: The Post and Courier, Schuyler Kropf, Incentives” Home For ‘Morticia’” “The Afghan War Widow” THIRD: The Greenville News, Ron Barnett and Thomas Judges’ comments: Nice, concise, and yet Judges’ comments: This story-with both human simultaneously informative and entertaining. Woodham, “College Athletics Spending Climbs” interest and news angle-rose to the top in a SECOND: The Post and Courier, Bo Petersen, competitive field. “Invasive Insects Make Big Stink”Business Reporting SECOND: The State, Noelle Phillips, “‘I Only Need THIRD: The Greenville News, Scott Keepfer, FIRST: The Post and Courier, Warren Wise One to Live’” “Lightning Strikes for 92-Year-Old Golfer” Judges’ comments: Great job on both non- original and original articles, particularly the THIRD: The State, Adam Beam, “Columbia a Refuge from Catastrophe” Column Writing grease thieves story. FIRST: The Post and Courier, Brian Hicks SECOND: The State, Andrew Shain Judges’ comments: This guy stands up for the THIRD: The State, Kristy Eppley Rupon little guys. On in the case of one column, the Profile Feature Writing or Story best, the little kids.Lifestyle Feature Writing FIRST: The Greenville News, Lillia Callum-Penso, SECOND: The Post and Courier, David Slade FIRST: The Greenville News, Donna Isbell Walker, “Touching Lives” THIRD: The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe “Are You Heartier than a Fourth Grader?” Judges’ comments: This story does a great job of Judges’ comments: Wonderful portrayal of a capturing the personality of the youth Josh Humor Column Writing day with kids. Turned an outing into a Schmidt. It is touchingly well-written. FIRST: The Post and Courier, Brian Hicks beautifully portrayed story. Extremely tough SECOND: The Greenville News, Donna Isbell Walker, Judges’ comments: This guy stands up for the competition in this category-well deserved #1. “Guitar Man” little guys... or in the case of one column – the SECOND: The State, Joey Holleman, “Chaos Theory” best – the little kids. THIRD: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith, “Losing THIRD: The Greenville News, Lillia Callum-Penso, SECOND: The Post and Courier, Ken Burger Faith” “Living Apart” THIRD: The State, Gregory Hardy
  5. 5. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 5Series of Articles FIRST: The Post and Courier, Adam Parker and Gene Sapakoff, “State of Abuse” Judges’ comments: Well-written, comprehensive report in critical issue. SECOND: The State, Staff, “12 Lives” THIRD: The State, Jeff Wilkinson, “Battle of the Bulge”Reporting-in-Depth FIRST: The Post and Courier, Katy Stech and David Slade, “Boeing’s Ambitious Promise” Judges’ comments: Well-written, well- researched, and interesting. Fantastic job of finding multiple angles for the reader and reaching beyond the obvious story line. SECOND: The Greenville News, Tim Smith, “Problems at Agency for Jobless” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Warren Wise, “SCE&G Rate Hike”Beat Reporting BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith, “Crime” Judges’ comments: Smith proves-with great analytical power-the idea that journalism is the chronicling of the human condition. SECOND: The State, John O’Connor, “General Assembly” Best of the Best General News Photo: The Post and Courier, Brad Nettles “Citadel knobs” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Bo Petersen, “Environment”Public Service for a Daily Sports Enterprise Reporting Page One Design Portfolio FIRST: The Post and Courier, Bill Hawkins, “College FIRST: The State, Ron Morris, “The Most Powerful FIRST: The Post and Courier, Tim Thorsen Tuition” Man in College Sports” Judges’ comments: Well organized. Excellent, clean Judges’ comments: This series exemplifies Judges’ comments: This was the best in a crowded use of photos, graphics, sidebars and headlines. journalism at its best-identifying a problem, field of superb efforts. By the time readers had SECOND: The State, Tracy Burlison searching out information the public would consumed Morris’ to-the-bone story, they may THIRD: The State, Meredith Sheffer never otherwise see and, most importantly, have felt as if Mike Slive was seated on their sofa, presenting it clearly and effectively so as to pave across from their easy chair. Inside Page Design the path to reform. FIRST: The State, Meredith Sheffer SECOND: The State, Joseph Person, “NCAA-USC” Judges’ comments: Incorporates many layers SECOND: The Greenville News, Chris Weston, “State THIRD: The Greenville News, Rudy Jones, “Coaches Spending” and textures to pay tribute to a player-text Prepared” doesn’t distract from photos. Everything meets THIRD: The Post and Courier, Bill Hawkins, “Grading Teachers” together fabulously. Very, very well done. SECOND: The State, Julie Wyatt Sports Feature Story THIRD: The Post and Courier, Marcus AmakerSpot Sports Story FIRST: The State, Ron Morris, “Family Matters” FIRST: The Greenville News, Eric Connor, “Throng Cheers Lattimore’s Cap” Judges’ comments: When reading this story, Feature Page Design Portfolio there were several times when I thought it FIRST: The State, Susan Ardis Judges’ comments: This one stood out from the hundreds of routine signing stories that couldn’t possibly get any better-and yet it always Judges’ comments: The pages embody content- everybody does. Loved the lead. Great job of did. Expertly written and reported, Morris’ driven design, from the text forming a storytelling and capturing the moment. “Family Matters” is a rare gem. Christmas tree to the images being arranged in SECOND: The State, Seth Emerson, “Making the Point” SECOND: The State, Akilah Imani Nelson a galaxy. THIRD: The Post and Courier, Gene Sapakoff, “When THIRD: The Post and Courier, Tommy Braswell, “In SECOND: The State, Elizabeth M. Smith Basketball Takes a Backseat” Good Company” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Betsy Miller
  6. 6. 6 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersSpot News Photo FIRST: The Greenville News, Ken Osburn, “Train derailment” Judges’ comments: Shows enormity of the event. Like lines and color. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Disastercare Fire” THIRD: The Greenville News, Bart Boatwright, “Augusta St. public hearing”General News Photo BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Brad Nettles, “Citadel knobs” Judges’ comments: Great plebe facial reactions makes this a first place standout. SECOND: The State, Tracy Glantz, “Funeral procession for fallen soldier” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Alan Hawes, “Ionia White’s great loss”Feature Photo FIRST: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Charleston Bed Race” Judges’ comments: Great action captured. Nice, clean photo. SECOND: The State, C. Aluka Berry, “Dinner’s ready” Spot News Photo First: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nathan Gray, “Woods fire near Hayes Road” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, Carolina Day” Personality Photo or Portrait Integration of Print & Web Coverage FIRST: The Post and Courier, Alan Hawes, FIRST: The Post and Courier, Phil Bowman and “WWII veteran” Andrew Miller, “PrepZone”Sports Action Photo Judges’ comments: Nice portrait. Nice angle of Judges’ comments: Nice way to feature high an old WWII vet. Stunning light and detail. school sports in a variety of ways. GreatFIRST: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Family SECOND: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Jarriel King” convergence of print and web media! CertainlyCircle Cup” THIRD: The State, Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, “The Judges’ comments: Nice concentration. Good is a hit with readers in your community! Restoration” selective focus. Way to work the tennis match SECOND: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith, Photo Illustration “Losing Faith” SECOND: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Floor FIRST: The State, Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, “iPhone wrist” THIRD: The Greenville News, Honor Flight Fight” Judges’ comments: Nice, well thought out. THIRD: The State, C. Aluka Berry, “The Hustle” Cutting edge, original illustration. Good color HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “The Igor Effect” and attention to detail. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Bryce’s VIEW AWARDSSports Feature Photo interview techniques” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Brad Nettles, “Spring PRESENTATIONS, FIRST: The State, C. Aluka Berry, “Round & Round” Flings veggies” ORDER DUPLICATE Website Judges’ comments: Simple, well composed photo. SECOND: The State, C. Aluka Berry, “The Pain” FIRST: The Post and Courier PLAQUES AND THIRD: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Gatorade Judges’ comments: Very well organized, easy to navigate, good eye-appeal and a lot of local CERTIFICATES AT Shower at Dorman” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Grace news makes this the clear winner. Good job! SECOND: The Greenville News WWW.SCPRESS.ORG Beahm, “Folly Beach Wahine Classic” THIRD: The State
  7. 7. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 7Photo Gallery on a Website FIRST: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “S.C. guardsmen to Afghanistan” Judges’ comments: Great story created of a difficult assignment. This gets the story of the day with emotion. The photos show touching moments. The shots are diverse with close-ups and far away perspectives. Great lighting in tough conditions... Striking images. You got close enough to capture the emotion, but really respected people’s privacy. A clear winner. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Bishop England falls to Batesburg-Leesville in Boys Soccer” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Colonial Dorchester”Online Video FIRST: The Post and Courier, Warren Peper and Chris Hanclosky, “Honor Flight” Judges’ comments: Meaningful content with great video footage and editing. SECOND: The State, Andrew Haworth and Dwayne McLemore, “2001 Entrance” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Bryce Donovan and Sarah Bates, “15 minutes with Bryce – Personal Fowler”Daily Over 60,000 & Best of the Best Feature Photo: Anderson Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Fun at the fair”20,000 - 60,000 Combined Sports Page Design Portfolio Enterprise Reporting FIRST: The State, Meredith Sheffer FIRST: Morning News, Tucker Mitchell, “Officials Judges’ comments: Clean design overall. Good use Rally to Keep Delta”News Headline Writing of fonts and photos. Interesting out-of-the-box Judges’ comments: When a story creates FIRST: The Post and Courier, Beth Harrison thinking with “crazy like a fox” horizontal layout. controversy-you’ve done your job. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Luke Reasoner Judges’ comments: Writer shows she can create SECOND: Herald-Journal, Jason Spencer, “Family THIRD: Herald-Journal, Nick Foster a clever headline in two words or more. The Discovers Car” headlines caught my attention immediately. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Bob Kinney Daily 20,000 - 60,000 THIRD: Morning News, Jamie Rogers, “A Lifesaving Sport” THIRD: The State, Bobby Bryant Spot News ReportingSports Column Writing FIRST: Anderson Independent-Mail, Michael Ellis, Ken Ruinard, Charmaine Smith-Miles and Nikie Lifestyle Feature Writing FIRST: The State, Ron Morris Mayo, “Mother, Baby Die in Crash” FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, Judges’ comments: What stands out here is the Judges’ comments: Good story with sport news “Expectant Mothers” variety-you save memories of a longtime friend, from the U.S. Army National Guard-a hard Judges’ comments: Powerful. Moving. Left me gave South Carolina fans perspective on a source to get immediate information from. in awe. Great job covering a sensitive topic. national title and opined on a critical social Great team effort! SECOND: Herald-Journal, Gary Glancy, “Man, 73, SECOND: Herald-Journal, Kim Kimzey, “Marks with issue. Good job of using your format and voice. Collars Intrude” a Message” SECOND: The Greenville News, Bart Wright THIRD: The Herald, Kimberly Dick and Andrew Dys, THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Mike Ellis, Third: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton “Girlfriend Charged in Slaying of York Ex-Mayor” “96-Year-Olds Say I Do”
  8. 8. 8 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersNews Feature Writing BEST OF THE BEST: Herald-Journal, Jason Spencer, “Much More than a Number” Judges’ comments: Extremely well-written, creative, and very touching and yet very informative. SECOND: Herald-Journal, Kim Kimzey, “Couple’s Common Bonds” THIRD: The Herald, Shawn Cetrone, “South Pointe Principal Takes SPIN Seriously”Profile Feature Writing or Story FIRST: Herald-Journal, Kim Kimzey, “Everything’s Coming Up Rosie” Judges’ comments: Creative feature; very entertaining and well-written. Really grabbed my attention. SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nikie Mayo, General News Photo First: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Westboro gets the finger” “Celebration of Hope Speaker: ‘Having a Mental...’” THIRD: Herald-Journal, Lee G. Healy, “Lucky Seventy” Series of Articles Public Service for a Daily BEST OF THE BEST: The Sun News, Isaac Bailey, “Social FIRST: The Sun News, Trisha O’Connor, “Myrtle Services Breakdown” Beach Real Estate Meltdown”Short Story Judges’ comments:The effort and knowledge FIRST: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nikie Mayo, Judges’ comments: A bureaucratic nightmare required to pull out reporting as good as this is “Pendleton Bluegrass” brought to life. Can this really happen? a rare and wonderful thing. Judges’ comments: Nice short story, well-written Journalism committed. SECOND: The Herald, Paul Osmundson, “Army and edited with all pertinent elements. All-in- SECOND: The Sun News, Adva Saldinger, “Extreme National Guard” all, a good story well done. Makeover Home Edition” THIRD: The Sun News, Trisha O’Connor, “North SECOND: Herald-Journal, Lee G. Healy, “Happy THIRD: The Herald, Matt Garfield, “Museum of York Myrtle Beach Public Safety” Ending” County” THIRD: Herald-Journal, Luke Connell, “Fire Claims Spot Sports Story Twin Brothers” Reporting-in-depth BEST OF THE BEST: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, FIRST: The Sun News, David Wren, “Real estate “Mickelson Mastery”Column Writing meltdown and fraud” Judges’ comments: Blondin skillfully captured FIRST: The Sun News, Isaac Bailey Judges’ comments: Good, thorough investigation. one of the most emotional moments in sports in Judges’ comments: Good, harsh opinion. SECOND: The Sun News, David Wren, “North Myrtle 2010 while exhibiting first-class reporting of the Wonderfully presented. K-Mart column is a Beach Public Safety” final round of the Masters. textbook case of juxtaposition for dramatic THIRD: Herald-Journal, Jason Spencer, Bob Dalton, SECOND: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, “McIlroy effect. I wish I had written that column. Lynne Shackleford, Trevor Anderson, Luke Makes Statement” SECOND: Herald-Journal, Lane Filler Connell and Craig Peters, “Spartanburg County THIRD: Herald-Journal, Todd Shanesy, “Dogs Dancing” THIRD: The Sun News, Johanna D. Wilson Police Corruption” Sports Feature Story Humor Column Writing Beat Reporting FIRST: Herald-Journal, Todd Shanesy, “Full Speed Ahead” FIRST: The Herald, James Werrell FIRST: Anderson Independent-Mail, Mike Ellis, Judges’ comments: Probably a once-in-a- Judges’ comment: Writing humor is a “County Government” lifetime story and masterfully done. An challenging gig but Werrell pulls it of in spades. Judges’ comments: It would be hard to find a reporter excellent lede pulls the reader into the second The columns bring a chuckle to making a point. who tops Ellis in detailed knowledge of his beat. paragraph, and the flow continued throughout. It’s difficult doing both. Werrell does it SECOND: The Herald, Matt Garfield, “Spratt/ The photos added to the story’s impact. consistently. Mulvaney Congressional Race” SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Brad Senkiw, SECOND: Herald-Journal, Lane Filler THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Anna B. “Building through relationships” THIRD: Herald-Journal, Pam Stone Mitchell, “Hartwell Lake/Savannah” THIRD: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, “Eyeing perfection”
  9. 9. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 9Page One Design Portfolio BEST OF THE BEST: Herald-Journal, Shana Gray Judges’ comments: Nicely done. SECOND: Herald-Journal, Todd Money THIRD: The Sun News, Amanda CriswellInside Page Design FIRST: The Sun News, Amanda Criswell Judges’ comments: Clean design. Very eye-catching! SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Kylie Yerka THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Emily SparrFeature Page Design Portfolio FIRST: Herald-Journal, Todd Money Judges’ comments: All three pages were superb! The use of white space and size of artwork stood out. SECOND: Morning News, Emily Killian THIRD: The Sun News, Amanda CriswellSpot News Photo FIRST: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nathan Gray, “Woods fire near Hayes Road” Judges’ comments: Waited and got a good picture. Saw beyond the actual fire fighting. SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nathan Gray, Sports Feature Photo First: The State, C. Aluka Berry “Round & Round” “Fatal shooting” THIRD: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “Firefighters work to free man entrapped in a one-vehicle accident” Sports Action Photo Photo Illustration FIRST: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr., “Wrestling hold” FIRST: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Football Zen”General News Photo Judges’ comments: High school wrestling can Judges’ comments: Nice creativity. FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, move fast and you captured the right moment. SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Nathan Gray, “Westboro gets the finger” Nice action shot! “Vegetables” Judges’ comment: Great capture of a split- SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Ken Ruinard, THIRD: Morning News, R.J. Ducker, second moment. “Jetski Flip” “Homelessness” SECOND: The Sun News, Steve Jessmore, “Haley” THIRD: Herald-Journal, Gerry Pate, “Motorbiking” THIRD: Morning News, R.J. Ducker, “Mourning for a Website soldier” Sports Feature Photo BEST OF THE BEST: The Herald HONORABLE MENTION: Anderson Independent-Mail, FIRST: The Sun News, Randall Hill, “Braves huddle” Judges’ comments: Good looking website full of Nathan Gray, “Coroner shaves head for Relay for Life” Judges’ comments: Way to capture the moment. local news and a variety of other offerings set SECOND: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “800 Meter” this apart from others.Feature Photo THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Ken Ruinard, SECOND: Herald-Journal BEST OF THE BEST: Anderson Independent-Mail, “Girls State Championship loss” THIRD: The Sun News Sefton Ipock, “Fun at the fair” Judges’ comments: Really good geometry. Personality Photo or Portrait Online Video Creative way to show having a good time at the FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, FIRST: Morning News, Elizabeth Lamb, “Mud n’ fair. Generally just a cool picture. “Alissandra Von Rose” Fun” SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock, Judges’ comments: Creative angle. Good color Judges’ comments: Great videography and “Ellissa’s waterfall” and sharp image. editing. Very professional. THIRD: The Sun News, Randall Hill, “Kids sledding” SECOND: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Senator” SECOND: Morning News, Elizabeth Lamb, ‘Lamar HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, R.J. Ducker, THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Ken Ruinard, Family” “Band reflection” “Jack Walls” THIRD: Morning News, Steffani Nolte, “Fair Food”
  10. 10. 10 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersDaily 20,000-60,000 &Under 20,000 CombinedBusiness Reporting FIRST: The Herald, Don Worthington Judges’ comments: By providing an extended explanation sheet, I was encouraged to read Don’s stories. Well done! SECOND: The Island Packet, Josh McCann THIRD: Herald-Journal, Gary Glancy HONORABLE MENTION, The Times and Democrat, Gene ZaleskiSports Enterprise Reporting FIRST: The Island Packet, Sam McDowell and Justin Jarrett, “Gray Area of Recruiting” Judges’ comments: A hot topic, thoroughly and objectively reported. SECOND: The Island Packet, Sam McDowell, “Everything Lines Up Right for Bobcats” THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Thomas Grant Jr., General News Photo First: The Times and Democrat, Christopher Huff, “Hope Rivenburg” “Shelving the Legacy Bowl”Integration of Print Daily Under 20,000 Enterprise Reporting FIRST: Index-Journal, Chris Trainor, “Neighborhoodand Web Coverage in Crisis” FIRST: Anderson Independent-Mail, “Orange and Judges’ comments: Showcases excellent writing White” News Headline Writing and editing skills. Thorough, but doesn’t bog down readers. A stand-out in revealing issues Judges’ comments: The site’s reader engagement FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Gene Crider affecting residents. abilities and the print edition’s promotion of the Judges’ Comments: Only headline entry that SECOND: The Beaufort Gazette, Kate Cerve, “Does site’s content give both sets of readers a complete had me laughing out loud! Great play on School Start Too Early” sports experience. words! I wish more editors could have this kind THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Dale Linder- Altman, “School Board Travel” SECOND: The Sun News, “Common Chords” of fun with their publication... THIRD: The Herald, “York Comprehensive High” SECOND: The Island Packet, Jedd Rosche Lifestyle Feature Writing FIRST: The Beaufort Gazette, Hannah Carroll, THIRD: The Island Packet, Steven Austin “Ready to Roll”Photo Gallery on a Website Judges’ comments: Interesting... Overall, just a FIRST: The Sun News, Randall Hill and Charles Slate, great read. Good job! “9-11 Remembered” Spot News Reporting SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, Judges’ comments: Suprised by how good this “Nightmare on Main Street” BEST OF THE BEST: The Times and Democrat, Staff, THIRD: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Sibley, was. There were a lot of photos but I never got “Kids Pulled From River; Mother Held,” “Together in Life” bored. Good variety of shots. Nice lighting. Got Judges’ comments: Excellent staff coverage of a width and scope, as well as the solemnity of the event. Could have been edited tighter, but I did not get tired of looking at these. horrific event. Reporting, writing, editing, layout and photography are top-notch. Congratulations Winners! SECOND: The Island Packet, Sarah Welliver, “Bluffton SECOND: The Item, Joe Perry, “Logs Crush Driver” Bobcats fight to the finish in loss against Berkeley” THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, THIRD: Herald-Journal, Tom Priddy, “Dorman does Phil Sarata and Dale Linder-Altman, “One Day: it! State Champs” Two Leaders Lost”
  11. 11. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 11News Feature Writing FIRST: The Island Packet, Josh McCann, Ice Cream Float Judges’ comments: Excellent story-unique! After reading your story-I’m tempted to go to Hilton Head to see the floating ice cream oasis. SECOND: Index-Journal, Chris Trainor, “His A-Mays-ing Life” THIRD: The Beaufort Gazette, Juliann Vachon, “Beaufort Official Uncover”Profile Feature Writing or Story FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Dale Linder- Altman, “Worth a Thousand Words: From Depression to Digital” Judges’ comments: Very creatively written and yet still informative and entertaining. Enjoyable to read and hard to put down. SECOND: Bluffton Today, Gwyneth J. Saunders, “My Mother’s Hands” THIRD: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Sibley, “Myrna, Decade at Keyboard, a Lifetime of Stories” Spot News Photo First: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Nelms, “Janet Reese loses her home to fire”Short Story FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Gene Crider, Series of Articles SECOND: The Beaufort Gazette, Patrick Donohue, “Neighborhood Mourns, Awaits Information” FIRST: The Journal, Seneca, Brett McLaughlin, Greg “Trouble in the Treasurer’s Office” Judges’ comments: way to work with little Oliver, Andrew Moore, Carlos Galarza and Jessica THIRD: The Item, Jade Anderson, “Sumter School information from officials. Sibley, “Bible Belt turns a page” Consolidation” SECOND: The Beaufort Gazette, Patrick Donohue, Judges’ comments: Well-rounded, expansive “For Marines, Their Families” look at what was and what is. You took a Beat Reporting THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, sensitive issue and provided extensive FIRST: The Beaufort Gazette, Juliann Vachon, “City interviews from many perspectives and different “Night Deposit Angler Comes Up Empty” of Beaufort” denominations. This was not only informative, but you made it interesting. I especially liked Judges’ comments: Vachon’s coverage is broad,Column Writing that you delved into the generational and deep and readable-a local reporting hat trick. FIRST: Bluffton Today, Annelore Harrell political issues in such a respectful, but still insightful SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, Judges’ comments: This column is relatable and way. Standout in a very competitive category. “More than Cops” causes me to think back on similar life SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “Breaking THIRD: The Island Packet, Cassie Foss, “Crime Reporter” experiences. Very entertaining with a deeper the Burglars” lesson underneath humor. THIRD: Index-Journal, Felicia Kitzmiller, Nicole E. Public Service for a Daily SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Gene Crider Smith, Matt Anderson and Justin Schoenberger, FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter, THIRD: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting “Erskine College and the ARP Church” “Breaking the Burglars” HONORABLE MENTION: The Journal, Seneca, Brett Judges’ comments: Great job looking past the McLaughlin, “Looking in the mirror”Humor Column Writing feel-good stats to discover that things are not as FIRST: The Island Packet, Liz Farrell Reporting-in-Depth rosy as presented. Judges’ comments: Oh my goodness... You are FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter and SECOND: The Island Packet, Josh McCann, “OKatie too funny. Want to read more! Staff, “Five Days of Trauma” Crossings” SECOND: Aiken Standard, Michael Gibbons Judges’ comments: Appreciated the effort to THIRD: The Beaufort Gazette, Patrick Donohue and THIRD: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting cover many different angles of this story. Staff, “Trouble in the Treasurer’s Office”
  12. 12. 12 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersSpot Sports Story FIRST: The Island Packet, Justin Jarrett, “Close Horse” Judges’ comments: Nice job of storytelling and capturing drama, on and off the course, at a memorable Masters. SECOND: Index-Journal, Adam Regan, “He Changed Lives” THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Brian Linder, “Ricky Sapp is an Eagle”Sports Feature Story FIRST:Index-Journal, Scott Chancey, “Her Field of Dreams” Judges’ comments: A Touching Story that Revolved Around a Poem-Well Told SECOND: Index-Journal, Scott J. Bryan, “Masterful Martin” THIRD: The Island Packet, Sam McDowell, “New Life Found”Sports Column Writing FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Thomas Grant Jr. Judges’ comments: Outstanding job of developing your thoughts into though-provoking columns. Smooth-flowing style. Great piece on phrases that should be banned in sports. SECOND: The Island Packet, Justin Jarrett Feature Photo First: Tribune-Times, Gwinn Davis, “Mud Run” THIRD: Index-Journal, Scott J. Bryan Sports Page Design Portfolio Feature PhotoPage One Design Portfolio FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Michelle Kerscher FIRST: The Island Packet, Jay Karr, “Water Day” FIRST: The Island Packet, Cate Westberg Judges’ comment: Dynamic use of photos in a well Judges’ comments: Nice selective color. Judges’ comments: Excellent use of photo and organized layout. Great contrast and balance. SECOND: Bluffton Today, Sara Wright, “Honey Horn text elements. Clean design that is informative SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Brian Linder and May” and visually appealing. Michelle Kerscher THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Christopher Huff, SECOND: The Journal, Seneca, Amber Wilson THIRD: The Island Packet, Mike Bragg “Cows keep cool” THIRD: Aiken Standard, Brandon Lockett Spot News Photo Sports Action PhotoInside Page Design FIRST: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Nelms, “Janet FIRST: The Island Packet, Jay Karr, “Alexis King” FIRST: The Island Packet, Cate Westberg Judges’ comments: Good emotional reaction Reese loses her home to fire” Judges’ comments: A clever concept backed by that makes this picture first place. solid execution helped this entry distinguish Judges’ comments: Captured the right emotional moment. On top of the news. SECOND: The Journal, Seneca, Kenny Fey, “Head of itself from a close second. SECOND: The Island Packet, Jay Karr, “Beach plane crash” the Class” SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Leigh Coker THIRD: Aiken Standard, Amy Banton, “Car on fire” THIRD: The Beaufort Gazette, Jonathan Dyer, THIRD: The Island Packet, Ellis Harman “Wrestling”Feature Page Design Portfolio General News Photo FIRST: The Beaufort Gazette, Jennifer Alliet Sports Feature Photo FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Christopher Huff, FIRST: The Beaufort Gazette, Jonathan Dyer, “Furyk wins” Judges’ comments: The best submissions-case in “Hope Rivenburg” Judges’ comments: Nice moment of celebration point, this one-in this highly creative field were not only visually stimulating, but led the Judges’ comments: Good capture of emotion. with the family. Captured good facial expression. reader’s eye on an ordered, logical journey SECOND: The Beaufort Gazette, Jonathan Dyer, SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Brian Linder, through the content. “Confederate Memorial Day service” “A.J. Cann” SECOND: The Island Packet, Ellis Harman THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Christopher Huff, THIRD: Index-Journal, Sam O’Keefe, “Emma THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Leigh Coker “Sheriff Larry Williams burial” Byland”
  13. 13. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 13Personality Photo or Portrait FIRST: Index-Journal, Sam O’Keefe, “Glenda Kingsmore” Judges’ comments: An interesting view. SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Larry Hardy, “Charles Payne” THIRD: The Island Packet, Sarah Welliver, “Joseph McGill Jr.”Photo Illustration FIRST: Index-Journal, Sam O’Keefe, “Cereal boxtops” Judges’ comments: Nice composition. Nice photo. Interesting take. SECOND: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Leigh Coker, “Alshon Jeffery” THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Michelle Kerscher, “Shamier Jeffery”Website FIRST: The Times and Democrat Judges’ comments: News on this site is well- organized and well-written containing a variety of issues that likely have great local appeal. Good work! SECOND: The Island Packet All Daily, Humorous Photo First: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Jacob looks in his pants” THIRD: The Beaufort Gazette Sports Special Edition or Section Health ReportingOnline Video FIRST: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Monumental FIRST: The State, Joey Holleman FIRST: The Island Packet, Sarah Welliver, “Out of the Expectations” Judges’ comments: An impressive piece on West Darkness Walk raises money for suicide Judges’ comments: Amazing work even had it Nile Virus pushed Holleman’s reporting ahead prevention” been for college ball in a huge market. of a very strong runner-up. Judges’ comments: Well edited. Really enhanced Exceptional writing, graphics, layout and SECOND: The Post and Courier, Renee Dudley article content. THIRD: The Greenville News, Liv Osby planning. Best high school preview I have ever SECOND: The Island Packet, Sarah Welliver, “Sentences by Vinny Krishna” seen anywhere. Education Reporting SECOND: Index-Journal, Staff, “Kickoff 2010” FIRST: The Item, Jade Anderson THIRD: Aiken Standard, Tim O’Briant and Staff, “Mr. THIRD: The Island Packet, Staff, “Storming the Judges’ comments: This reporter covers a range Central Game of the Week” Course” of stories important to many community members, uses a good number of diverse sources, and places quotes appropriately.All Daily Division Critical Writing Language use is excellent. SECOND: The Beaufort Gazette, Kate Cerve FIRST: The Post and Courier, Bill ThompsonNews Special Edition or Section Judges’ comments: Using the English language THIRD: Herald-Journal, Gary Glancy FIRST: The State, Staff, “Our Patriots” as a sharp stick, this review writer tells readers Judges’ comments: Great special section theme. what they need to know. His reviews reflect a Sports Beat Reporting FIRST: The State, Joseph Person Layout is nice; articles tell a variety of stories sense of institutional memory for the arts, and Judges’ comments: Really dove inside South outside the traditional Veteran’s Day genre. his content contains useful examples of Carolina athletics from a variety of angles. Does SECOND: The Greenville News, Staff, “Breast Cancer support for his comments. not bog stories down with just stats. Awareness” SECOND: The Greenville News, Paul Hyde SECOND: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton THIRD: The Herald, Staff, “York County Magazine” THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Kathryn Smith THIRD: Herald-Journal, Todd Shanesy
  14. 14. 14 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersFeature Headline Writing FIRST: The Times and Democrat, Wendy Jeffcoat Crider Judges’ comments: Tough to place in order from the top entries, but these edged out all the rest because all three samples were clever and conveyed the story without being too silly. Good graphics never hurt. SECOND: The Post and Courier, Sandy Schopfer THIRD: The Post and Courier, Beth HarrisonSports Headline Writing FIRST: Herald-Journal, Mike McCombs Judges’ comments: Your headlines were catchy but also descriptive. Told essence of story. They draw the reader in. SECOND: Herald-Journal, Mark Egan THIRD: The Times and Democrat, Michelle KerscherPhoto Page Design FIRST: The State, Kelly Cobb, “Grand Rebirth” General News Photo First: The Messenger, Jim Faile, “Firetruck” Judges’ comments: Good, clean design allows photos to shine.Package certainly catches the reader’s eye. Entertainment Section Photo Series or Photo Story SECOND: The State, Kelly Cobb, “Chaos Theory” FIRST: The Island Packet, Liz Farrell, “The Guide” FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, THIRD: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, Judges’ comments: I liked how the front page of the Abbie Dorn’s battle” section stayed consistent. The use of large photos Judges’ comments: Really spent a good amount “Designs on Chefs” and white space were also visually appealing. of time capturing this story. Shows a tremendous SECOND: The Post and Courier, Marcus Amaker, amount of effort was put forth. The time,Pictorial “Charleston Scene” sensitivity and dedication to this project shows. FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, THIRD: Anderson Independent-Mail, Jake Grove and Kylie Yerka, “Upstate Be” A heartfelt, full story is told through your photos. “Reflection at the fair” I feel for Abbie and her family. Could not have Judges’ comments: Spotted a nice photo. Good use Lifestyle/Feature Special been told better than you did with this story. of lighting really makes photo pop. Won because Edition or Section SECOND: The State, C. Aluka Berry, “Migrant Workers” you saw beyond the normal. Creative use of FIRST: The State, The Sun News, The Island Packet, THIRD: The State, Gerry Melendez, “West Niles” reflection to present standard subject matter. The Herald and The Beaufort Gazette, “Celebrate HONORABLE MENTION, The State, Gerry Melendez, SECOND: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Warhol Show” South Carolina” “Grand Hotel” THIRD: The Sun News, Steve Jessmore, “Foggy Judges’ comments: Well-written, informative articles about the area. Layout very strong for a broadsheet morning” in a category with many strong tab designs. Overall, HONORABLE MENTION, The Sun News, Steve Jessmore, well done. Good collaborative effort. “Hot air balloon” SECOND: The Post and Courier, Staff, “My Charleston” THIRD: The Post and Courier, Staff, “North Charleston”Humorous Photo E.A. Ramsaur Memorial Award FIRST: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Jacob looks in his pants” for Editorial Writing in a Daily Judges’ comments: Funniest of all! Caught our Newspaper FIRST: The Beaufort Gazette, Jeff Kidd PROUD TO REPRESENT attention right off the bat! Nice moment. SECOND: The Greenville News, Heidi Heilbrunn, Judges’ comments: Editorials that are accessible, 17 DAILY AND MORE THAN make sense, and take seriously the issues – but not “National Cat Groomers Institute” themselves – refreshing, no? 100 WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS THIRD: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Lexington High fans” SECOND: Anderson Independent-Mail, Bonnie Williams IN SOUTH CAROLINA! THIRD: The Greenville News, Beth Padgett
  15. 15. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 15WEEKLY Profile Feature Writing or Story FIRST: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, Reporting-in-depth FIRST: The Lancaster News, Jenny Arnold, “PoliceDIVISION “The Peddler” Officer Fired” Judges’ comments: Good lead. Tight, yet creative Judges’ comments: Hats off to this reporter for writing. I could “hear” Mr. Melton talking. staying with and seeing through this complex SECOND: The Gaffney Ledger, Scott Powell, topic that obviously has a lot of local interest.Two-To-Three Times Weekly “l-85 Landmark Eatery” THIRD: The Press & Standard, Linda Salsberry, Good use of available resources. SECOND: The Journal Scene, Leslie Cantu, “Impact Fees”Spot News Reporting “Art is Everyday Things” THIRD: The Messenger, Jim Faile, “Hartsville FIRST: The Press & Standard, George Salsberry Veterans Memorial” Judges’ comments: The brief explanation Short Story provided with this entry set it apart from the FIRST: The Journal Scene, Stefan Rogenmoser, “‘Dear Beat Reporting others. George’s time, attention and persistence John’ Premier Draws Large, Screaming Crowd.” FIRST: The Lancaster News, Christopher Sardelli, were right on. Awesome! Judges’ comments: First sentence drew me in “Lancaster County Beat” SECOND: Chronicle - Independent, Martin L. Cahn, and also summed up the whole article. I was Judges’ comments: Articles are very informative “Two Dead in Clearwater. interested the whole time and not distracted by and easy to follow. Sardelli has an excellent gift THIRD: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, the language. of spreading the emotions. Denyse Middleton and Nancy Parsons, “Two SECOND: The Press & Standard, Linda Salsberry, SECOND: The News & Reporter, Nancy Parsons, Dead After Monday” “English Rotary Club Tours” “Great Falls” THIRD: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, “Sloan’s THIRD: The Lancaster News, Jenny Arnold, “CopsEnterprise Reporting Letter of Intent” and Court” FIRST: The Lancaster News, Christopher Sardelli, “Red Ventures Not Hiring Locals?” Column Writing Spot Sports Story Judges’ comments: Good lead provoking FIRST: The Journal Scene, Julie Smith FIRST: The Gaffney Ledger, Scott Powell, “Student curiosity to read the rest of the story; good Judges’ comments: Column subjects Makes $10,000 Shot” initiative to notice-and research-the problem. were relatable and entertaining. Judges’ comments: A very well-written and SECOND: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, SECOND: The Lancaster News, Barbara Rutledge entertaining piece and not the usual sports “District 41 Candidate Defends Past Arrest” THIRD: The Press & Standard, Charles Rowland story, which is why it stood out. Nice job. THIRD: The Messenger, Jim Faile, “City Manager SECOND: The Gaffney Ledger, Larry Hilliard, Search ‘Tainted’ By Illegal Meetings” Humor Column Writing “Indians State Champs!” FIRST: The Journal Scene, Judy Watts THIRD: The Press & Standard, Brantley Strickland,Lifestyle Feature Writing Judges’ comments: Nothing is funnier than “Brock Miller Resigns” FIRST: The Lancaster News, Christopher Sardelli, interactions between spouses-no matter the “The No. 1 Breakfast Around” Judges’ comments: Well-written and topic. Excellent! Sports Feature Story SECOND: The Gaffney Ledger, Cody Sossamon FIRST: The Lancaster News, Robert Howey, interesting. Good use of quotes makes me THIRD: The Press & Standard, Charles Rowland “Rings of Honor” want to visit there. SECOND: The Lancaster News, Gregory Summers, Judges’ comments: Loads of facts and figures, “Little Wings” Series of Articles and a lot of good quotes. I bet this piece brought THIRD: Chronicle - Independent, Keri Todd Boyce, FIRST: The Lancaster News, Gregory Summers, Jesef back a lot of memories and even found its way “Dancing Her Way to the Top” Williams, Jenny Arnold and Christopher Sardelli, into the conversations of the current football “Cold Case Files” players. SECOND: The Press & Standard, Brantley Strickland,News Feature Writing Judges’ comments: This was a compelling, “Thunder and Thunder” FIRST: The Lancaster News, Gregory Summers, “In well-written serious that was likely well-read and discussed in the community. This is a THIRD: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, Search of Buried History” great example of what newspapers do best. A “Old School” Judges’ comments: Very interesting and informative layout design in an excellent clear winner! “attention getter.” Really enjoyed reading SECOND: The Herald-Independent, James Denton, Sports Column Writing this one! Thank you! “SACS Report” FIRST: The Press & Standard, Brantley Strickland SECOND: Georgetown Times, Clayton Stairs, “7th THIRD: The Lancaster News, Jenny Arnold, Robert Judges’ comments: Nice smooth writing style on Grader Saves Toddler from Pond” Howey, Barbara Rutledge, Christopher Sardelli, a variety of topics. Fun and easy reads. THIRD: Georgetown Times, Kelly Fuller, “Seed Grows Jamey Shepherd, Greg Summers, Aaron Morrison SECOND: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins Into Tree-Sized Plant” and Jesef Williams, “Always on Call” THIRD: The Lancaster News, Robert Howey
  16. 16. 16 • 2010 SCPA News Contest WinnersPage One Design Portfolio FIRST: The Press & Standard, Katrena McCall and Taylor Smith Judges’ comments: Very clean layout. Excellent use of photos, graphics and headline fonts/sizes. Centerpiece layout for “15 gang suspects arrested in sweep” is very well done. SECOND: The Lancaster News, Jamey Shepherd THIRD: The Journal Scene, Chris HancloskyInside Page Design FIRST: Chronicle - Independent, Keri Todd Boyce Judges’ comments: Well organized and greatly informative through use of photos, map, graphic alternative storytelling. Very well done. SECOND: The Gaffney Ledger, Laura Parker THIRD: The Gaffney Ledger, Joe L. Hughes IIFeature Page Design Portfolio FIRST: The Lancaster News, Gregory Summers Judges’ comments: Great use of photos and graphic elements in a well organized manner. Independence Day page is a great example of clean, concise design tying it all together. Sports Action Photo First: The Island Packet, Jay Karr, “Alexis King” SECOND: The Journal Scene, Chris Hanclosky THIRD: Georgetown Times, Zena Altman Feature Photo Personality Photo or Portrait FIRST: The Journal Scene, Stefan Rogenmoser, FIRST: The Journal Scene, Paul Zoeller,Sports Page Design Portfolio “High voltage” “Victor ‘Goat’ Lafayette” FIRST: The Press & Standard, Brantley Strickland Judges’ comments: Good lightning capture. Judges’ comments: Well organized layout. Good Judges’ comments: Good face. Really nice Good lens selection. Neat photo. character photo. Tells a story all by itself. use of large photos and consistent multiple SECOND: The Messenger, Lisa Chalian-Rock, entry points. Contrast, lighting and exposure are dead on. “Dogwash” SECOND: The News & Reporter, Phyllis Lucas SECOND: The Journal Scene, Paul Zoeller, THIRD: The Gaffney Ledger, Klonie Jordan, THIRD: The Journal Scene, Chris Hanclosky “Beard and Moustache Society” “Bird in snow” THIRD: The Journal Scene, Stefan Rogenmoser,Spot News Photo Sports Action Photo “Tea time well spent” FIRST: The Journal Scene, Mike Olson, FIRST: The Messenger, Lisa Chalian-Rock, “Man survives log truck accident” “Little League” Photo Series or Photo Story Judges’ comments: Nice image. Right place at Judges’ comments: Good action and cute picture! FIRST: The Gaffney Ledger, Cody Sossamon, the right time. SECOND: The Journal Scene, Roger Lee, “Wrestling” “Ten days in Italy” SECOND: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, THIRD: The Press & Standard, Brantley Strickland, Judges’ comments: Feel like I was there... Nice “Stripmall burns” “In good hands” photos. Only one thing missing. Where are all THIRD: The Messenger, Jim Faile, “Fire” the photos of Italian girls?! Sports Feature Photo SECOND: The News & Reporter, Holly Hindman,General News Photo FIRST: The Journal Scene, Paul Zoeller, “HILLarity 2010” FIRST: The Messenger, Jim Faile, “Firetruck” “Football players in tunnell” THIRD: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, Judges’ comments: Good action. Judges’ comments: Nice lighting and “Lando Days 2010” Nice patterns with water. composition. That’s art... Killer photo. SECOND: The Herald-Independent, Jill Cincotta, SECOND: The Messenger, Lisa Chalian-Rock, “Ridgeway fire” “Northern Farm League champs!” THIRD: The Journal Scene, Stefan Rogenmoser, THIRD: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, WWW.SCPRESS.ORG “Teacher of the Year” “Stevo Squirewell flexes”
  17. 17. 2010 SCPA News Contest Winners • 17Weekly Over 6,000 Short Story Beat Reporting FIRST: LINK, Greenville, Matt Wake, “Winter FIRST: Carolina Gateway, Christopher Sardelli, sounds have a CD only their fans could make” “Indian Land”Spot News Reporting Judges’ comments: Interesting presentation of a Judges’ comments: Very good looks into a FIRST: Lake Wylie Pilot, Catherine Muccigrosso and John Marks, “Iconic River Rat Closing” music-funding idea that ties in use of the Web community. Particularly compelling was the Judges’ comments: Great use of Facebook post and fan base; clever art helped, too. miracle on the Hudson article. and traditional fact finding reporter skills. SECOND: The Gazette, Frank Johnson, “All OK after SECOND: The Greer Citizen, Matthew Burdick, “Crime” Very enjoyable story! van crushes wall” THIRD: Charleston City Paper, Greg Hambrick, SECOND: Myrtle Beach Herald, Staff, THIRD: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles D. Perry, “A “State and local politics” “Everyone was panicking” sign of change, respect: MB football team takes THIRD: Greenville Journal, Cindy Landrum, field for national anthem” Spot Sports Story “Shock and Disbelief ” FIRST: Myrtle Beach Herald, Amanda Kelley,Enterprise Reporting Column Writing “Cool running” FIRST: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, BEST OF THE BEST: Greenville Journal, Lyn Riddle Judges’ comments: Great example of finding the “Unfair market values or not?” Judges’ comments: Pithy, personal, pitch- story when the paper could have just written a Judges’ comments: Excellent job on uncovering perfect. All the attributes of great column “race canceled” brief. Good quotes, really an important story. Very well done. Lots of good writing are on display here. captured the can-do spirit of those who came examples. details, etc. This was a very strong SECOND: Free Times, Kevin Fisher and ran anyway. category with lots of excellent stories entered. SECOND: Fort Mill Times, Mac Banks, “Fort Mill THIRD: Greenville Journal, Susan Clary Simmons SECOND: Free Times, Eva Moore, “Green Burial” HONORABLE MENTION: LINK, Greenville, Clayton Kale hopes pinned” THIRD: Myrtle Beach Herald, Amanda Kelley, “Beneath the Surface” THIRD: The Middle Tyger Times, Jed Blackwell, Humor Column Writing “Dorman does it”Lifestyle Feature Writing FIRST: The Greer Citizen, Leland Burch FIRST: The Horry Independent, Kathy Ropp, Judges’ comments: Three VERY funny columns Sports Feature Story “Real deal Santa” – consistently humorous on a variety of topics. FIRST: Fort Mill Times, Jason Chisari, “More than Judges’ comments: I learned a lot about the art Great writing style. Really puts readers at ease. just wins and losses” of being Santa through your story. Excellent! SECOND: Moultrie News, Sully Witte, “Thought of the week” is a very funny touch. Judges’ comments: A crisp, fresh reminder that “Love knows no boundaries” SECOND: The Columbia Star, Mike Cox any sport is nothing more than a game, and THIRD: The Greer Citizen, Krista Gibson, THIRD: The Columbia Star, Mike Maddock games are meant to be fun learning experiences “Empty bowls full of promise” that make for happy memories.News Feature Writing Series of Articles SECOND: The Horry Independent, Robert Anderson, FIRST: Fort Mill Times, Jenny Overman, “Tainted water” “Conway regrets Willie Mays’ offer” FIRST: West Wateree Chronicle, Claire Byun, Judges’ comments: Great series that stood out THIRD: Myrtle Beach Herald, Ashley Bruno, “A problem with pigs” Judges’ comments: The story had a great lead from the rest. Well written and well edited. A “Hearing the call” in that it captured the reader’s attention and safe water supply is a very emotional issue for kept it. It explained the problem and the property owners. This series told the story from Sports Column Writing reasoning. Great job! all perspectives. A clear winner! FIRST: Laurens County Advertiser, Nick Herman SECOND: Charleston City Paper, Erica Jackson, SECOND: Carolina Gateway, Jenny Arnold, Beverly Lane Judges’ comments: Nice, readable style and good “Unbound: libraries adjust” Lorenz and Christopher Sardelli, “Good neighbors” job of taking on some controversial subjects and THIRD: Spartanburg Journal, Cindy Landrum, making a case. THIRD: Fort Mill Times, Toya Graham, “Born to Serve” “In the land of their loss” SECOND: The Horry Independent, Robert AndersonProfile Feature Writing or Story Reporting-in-Depth THIRD: The Greer Citizen, Joel Fitzpatrick FIRST: Charleston City Paper, Greg Hambrick, FIRST: Myrtle Beach Herald, Staff, “Socastee High “Queen Mary: The Victor and The Spoilers” School shooting” Page One Design Portfolio Judges’ comments: Extensive look at a woman Judges’ comments: Excellent job of covering many FIRST: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith who has fought encroachment of her island by angles of the shooting and raising important the larger city of Charleston, yet now faces Judges’ comments: Creative use of color, questions on behalf of The Herald’s readers. graphics and headlines... like teasers to draw opposition from former supporters. Good work. SECOND: Free Times, Patrick Wall, “The year of Toro” SECOND: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, readers inside. THIRD: Spartanburg Journal, Cindy Landrum, “Tourism tax errors” SECOND: Carolina Gateway, Jane Alford “Milliken: The Man” THIRD: Free Times, Ron Aiken, “HUD/CEZ Issues” THIRD: Myrtle Beach Herald, Betty Moses

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