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SCPA 2012 Winners' Tabloid

  1. 1. News Contest 2012 Award Winners Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism FIRST PLACE General News Photo: Aaron Morrison, The Lancaster News, “Lancaster High School Graduation”FIRST PLACE Spot News Photo: Brad Nettles, The Post and Courier, “Distraught” FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST Sports Feature Photo: Sefton Ipock, Independent Mail, “Slap in the Face”
  2. 2. 2 • 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners Journalist Reid Montgomery of the FOI AWARD Year Award DAILY DIVISION DAILY DIVISION FIRST PLACE GLENN SMITH The Index-Journal took on a major statewide problem of police agencies THE POST AND COURIER withholding dash-cam video tapes and reports pending completion of an investigation. This paper excelled in highlighting the issues with investigative Glenn Smith is a veteran crime reporter who joined reporting, backed up with many well-reasoned editorials. They filed suit to The Post and Courier’s staff in 1999. He is a native make sure the info was made public. The Index-Journal’s victory in the suit sets of Connecticut and a graduate of UConn (though strong precedent for all S.C. media. before they were any good in basketball). He has been a working journalist for more than 20 years and has won numerous state, regional and national SECOND PLACE awards, including being named a two-time winnerSmith of the Taylor-Tomlin Award for Investigative The Post and Courier is always a strong contender for this FOI award. TheReporting. He writes about crime, mayhem and any number of quirky subjects. newspaper is a second place winner in a field that almost had two first placeHe is a music fiend, an avid guitar player and a unrepentant beer snob. He lives in winners. The Post and Courier continues to show a wide-range of efforts inCharleston with his wife and their daughter. seeking records and developing FOI stories. Outstanding FOI efforts in 2012 Judges’ comments: The Journalist of the Year competition was intense, included coverage of the abuse at The Citadel and an exposé on insurance rate with very strong entries from Tim Smith of The Greenville News and Dale Linder-Altman of The Times and Democrat. Winner Glenn Smith rose setting. above the competition for both the breadth and depth of his reporting. His dogged and aggressive reporting chronicled how The Citadel dealt with WEEKLY DIVISION a pedophile who molested more than 50 boys and how the school tried to protect its image instead of facing the issue. He also revealed how the FIRST PLACE Charleston Fire Department was making many of the same mistakes that led MICHAEL SMITH to the death of nine firefighters four years ago. Smith also exposed how the Charleston Police Department purposefully and routinely withheld public Michael Smith of the Carolina Forest Chronicle stayed with an important information in crime reports, bringing change in department policy. story of the hiring of a new Coastal Carolina football coach for months, fighting for emails and records regarding the hire. He deserves a lot of WEEKLY DIVISION credit for his perseverance and using the FOIA law in standing up to a local COREY HUTCHINS institution. Good job! FREE TIMES Travis Jenkins of The News & Reporter in Chester also deserves commendation for his FOI efforts in 2012. Corey Hutchins is a staff writer for the Columbia Free Times. Last year he was named the S.C. Press Association’s 2011 Weekly Journalist of the Year. He is currently working on the United States Project for the Columbia Journalism Review, and his work Judson ChapmanHutchins has appeared on the cover of The Nation and in The Texas Observer and The Progressive magazine, Award for Public Service among others. In 2012, Hutchins helped coverthe GOP presidential primary for CBS News and worked on the State IntegrityInvestigation, a risk analysis for corruption in all 50 state governments published FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gene Sapakoff and Glennby the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. Smith, “Rosa says it’s time to be accountable”His graphic novel about Alvin Greene, The Accidental Candidate, came out in Judges’ Comments: A thorough story on a tough subject.June. Hutchins earned a journalism degree in 2002 from the State University ofNew York at Morrisville and a degree in literature in 2006 from the University ofSouth Carolina. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Tony Bartelme, “Winners Judges’ Comments: Corey Hutchins continued his stellar reporting to win and Losers: Finishing the Mark Clark” the Journalist of the Year award for the second straight year. Hutchins’ “State of Corruption” article outlined the problems with income disclosure, party financing and a toothless ethics commission. His story exposed why THIRD PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Paul Bowers, “Unbalanced new ethics laws are needed and how the current laws are abused. His Diet” report was widely quoted in editorials across the state. He also covered the murky underworld of video gambling in “Sweepstakes Cafes.”
  3. 3. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 3 Assertive Journalism AwardPresented by SCPA Attorney Jay Bender in memory of AP Reporter Jim DavenportALL DAILY DIVISION ALL WEEKLY DIVISIONFIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Dale Linder-Altman, FIRST PLACE: The Travelers Rest Monitor, Roger Jewell, “City S.C. State Coverage Administration Violates Law” Judges’ Comments: Amazing ongoing effort to cover complex Judges’ Comments: This small town newspaper brushed aside financial issues at S.C. State over a long period of time. Linder- pressure from local politicians and took on issues important to Altman worked hard to hold the school’s feet to the fire on readers. Despite having a small staff and being in a small market releasing public records. Her work defined assertive journalism where it is often difficult to hold politicians accountable, this little for the year. newspaper did it. The Monitor was the only media outlet to cover these key stories.SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith, Gene Sapakoff and Diane Knich, “The Citadel” SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal, Charles Sowell, “County Disabilities and Special Needs Board”THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Jamie Self, “Detention Center” THIRD PLACE: Free Times, Corey Hutchins, “Stacking the Deck”HONORABLE MENTION: The State, Haley Coverage Photojournalist of the Year Award ALL DAILY DIVISION ALL WEEKLY DIVISION GERRY MELENDEZ MATT MCCOLL THE STATE THE WEEKLY OBSERVER Judges’ Comments: Gerry Melendez has a very Judges’ Comments: A winner among several strong sophisticated way of seeing. Unexpected photos from contenders, this photographer covers this community events like a funeral or a fair... the things well. His portfolio was diverse in subject and he photographers have to cover day in and day out but, excelled at getting close to subjects and shooting at here, they’ve made original images. Complex and busy, different angles. This grouping shows a slice of life and but also easy to read, which is a very hard thing to leaves you feeling like you know this neighborhood accomplish. There were lots of really great portfolios in and community. Well done.Melendez this contest, so the photographer should be proud. McColl
  4. 4. 4 • 2012 SCPA News Contest WinnersOpen Division INNOVATIVE CONCEPT All Daily FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff,SERIES OF SPORTS ARTICLES “Advantage Membership” 2012 ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The Lancaster News, Gregory Judges’ Comments: The Post and Courier FIRST PLACE: The State developed its metered pay model for the Web as an Judges’ Comments: The Presidential Primary, Summers, “Lancaster Speedway” integrated part of a larger strategy of transition – a candidates bounced from ballot, local races, Judges’ Comments: This is a nice package of stories smart, adaptable approach that should put it on a Richland County voting debacle – The State presenting a thorough look at a track through path for long-term success. covered it all with insight, analysis and perspective different perspectives and voices. Along with the photos, this puts you there. SECOND PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael to win in a most competitive race with great entries Harrison and Jenny Overman, “Live, online from other papers across the state. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Kevin SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard candidates debate” Melton, “Against the odds” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Angela THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gene HONORABLE MENTION: The Greenville News Hamilton and Jeff Kidd, “Public safety Sapakoff, “Mentoring through sports” website” EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OFONLINE COLUMN WRITING FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES FIRST PLACE: The Moultrie News, Renae AFFILIATED OR NICHE WEBSITE FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Richard FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Elsa Brabham, “Piddlin in Dixie” McDowell, “Juries” Judges’ Comments: Great style, captivating voice. Johnson, Brandon Rink, Kerry Capps, Judges’ Comments: This well-crafted editorial takes SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Issac Bailey, Greg Wallace, Mark Crammer, Sefton on an issue that often comes up when attorneys try “GOP must rid itself of myths” Ipock, Nathan Gray and Ken Ruinard, to close court because of pretrial publicity. Well THIRD PLACE: The News and Reporter, Travis Orangeandwhite.com reasoned. Points out the issues and raises Judges’ Comments: Pleasant look and layout. Lots awareness of why the public should be able to Jenkins, “Something special” of content without looking too busy. The obtain public information. journalism/coverage seems professional and SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Dan Golden,ILLUSTRATION meticulous. “Coroner Reports” FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Gary Kyle, SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Chris THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael Smith, “Copper Thieves” Mowder, listenupmyrtlebeach.com “Hiding Crime” Judges’ Comments: This is a great way to add art to THIRD PLACE: The State, Dwayne McLemore, a story that doesn’t typically have many dynamic photo opportunities. gogamecocks.com INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING SECOND PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis, “What FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn makes Drake?” CRITICAL WRITING Smith and Doug Pardue, “Trouble behind THIRD PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Chris FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Adam prison walls” Parker Judges’ Comments: Prison walls keep information Mowder, “Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary” Judges’ Comments: Parker is insightful, intuitive from leaking out almost as securely as they hold and easy to read, covering complex works of art inmates in, but Smith and Pardue manage to tellINFORMATIONAL GRAPHICS PORTFOLIO and other diverse subjects. His deconstruction of stories from within the state’s maximum security FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gill the Batman trilogy myth is pointed, poignant and prison through hard work and perseverance – Guerry without peer. showing a strained system with almost impossible Judges’ Comments: The I-526 graphic is not only SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gene working conditions for corrections officers. an interesting and well-done graphic, it also tells a Sapakoff SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Tim story in a unique way. Great job! Guerry’s graphics THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Bo Smith, David Dykes, Eric Connor and Ron are easy to understand with great detail. Barnett, “Hackers steal residents’ data” Petersen SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Lynne Dunbar ONLINE NEWS PROJECT Shackleford, “E. coli outbreak reported” THIRD PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gill Guerry, “Storm of Money” CARTOONSINGLE ONLINE PHOTO Judges’ Comments: The interactive graphics with FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Robert Ariail FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Delayna this package were very informative and helped the Judges’ Comments: Ariail’s cartoon of Assad Earley, “Pledge of Allegiance” reader understand the information. The map with has visceral punch; his pen draws irony out of Judges’ Comments: Good moment and good the historical storm tracks and information was an unemployment in South Carolina; and making framing. added bonus, too. sport of tourists is always a favorite among SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Rebecca J. irreverent “locals.” Emery Glover, “Watching the blaze” Ducker, Lou Bezjak, John D. Russell, Matt SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Sarah McColl and Andrew Golden, “Prep Talk” Walt Inabinet Welliver, “Class 3-A state football THIRD PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Roger championship” Harrison and Jenny Overman, “Online Harvell candidate forum”
  5. 5. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 5MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer, “The Masters” Judges’ Comments: Clever! Multiple graphic elements come together to make a clean, well- designed illustration. Love the concept! SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Brandon Lockett, “Building for a Better Education” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “Gamecocks Capital One Bowl Poster”SPORTS SPECIALTY PUBLICATION ORSPORTS MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: The State, “Go Gamecocks: The Head Ball Coach Issue” Judges’ Comments: Very complete career retrospective of a fascinating coach. SECOND PLACE: The State, “Go Gamecocks: College Football Preview” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, “Tideline” FIRST PLACE Single Online Photo: Delayna Earley, The Island Packet, “Pledge of Allegiance”FEATURE SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OR GOVERNMENT REPORTING SPORTS BEAT REPORTINGMAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: The State, Gina Smith FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Darryl FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, “My Judges’ Comments: Ms. Smith’s coverage of the debate Slater, “South Carolina Gamecocks” Charleston” over Gov. Haley’s ethical practices was clear and Judges’ Comments: This impressive, detail-laden Judges’ Comments: The art is very engaging. The engaging. The ensuing stories on the limitations of writing and reporting left the reader feeling as layout is clean and pleasing to the eye. It is easy to S.C. ethics law showed deep understanding and a though he was present at whatever event or read and follow. Content was useful and extremely focus on public service writing. scenario that Slater was chronicling. The samplers informative. Wonderful job by staff. SECOND PLACE: The State, Adam Beam were all truly inside glimpses into the subject SECOND PLACE: The Item, “Lakeside” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Stephen matter. THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, “843 Life. Style. Dine.” Largen SECOND PLACE: The State, Neil White, “USC Baseball”NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION HEALTH REPORTING THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Travis FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Staff, FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Liv Osby Sawchik, “Clemson Tigers” “Destination Greenville” Judges’ Comments: The writer describes compelling Judges’ Comments: Very informative for a person human dramas in ways that are both interesting and FEATURE HEADLINE WRITING moving into the community. Good mix of stories informative. The reporting is strong and the writing is FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Beth and quick facts for the reader that provide descriptive and engaging. Harrison important details. A person gets this and they now SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington Judges’ Comments: “Set in Stone” to describe know who to call and where to go. THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Mike Foley history displayed in grave markers is a dignified SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Salute and evocative bit of wordplay. Using the stock to Veterans” EDUCATION REPORTING phrase “get out and stay out” for an article about a THIRD PLACE: The State, Staff, “Will S.C. go FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Shawn Cetrone school that gets students out of the classroom is rogue?” Judges’ Comments: Cetrone keeps a close eye on playful and clever. public education and looks beyond the surface to SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Kylie YerkaSPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION expose problems and solutions. THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Meet the SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Diette Candidates” Courrégé Casey SPORTS HEADLINE WRITING Judges Comments: Great concept, carried out THIRD PLACE: The State, Andrew Shain FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Mark Egan through the entire section very well. Thorough Judges’ Comments: The Super Bowl headline on the stories and information. FAITH REPORTING Giants’ victory takes advantage of the score and the SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff, “10 Wins” FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Dustin Wyatt photo – a highly effective integration of headline and THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Staff, “RBC Judges’ Comments: Beautifully written. design. “Dancing through the hoops,” initially puzzling, is explained by the deck. Heritage” SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Adam SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Rusty Boggs Parker THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Ellyn Ritterskamp THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Charmaine Smith-Miles
  6. 6. 6 • 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners ENTERTAINMENT SECTION FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Liz Farrell, “Lowcountry Current” Judges’ Comments: I’m not certain where the Lowcountry is, but this section makes me wish I lived there. Cool, fresh and I love the writers’ voices. Columnists like Patrick Donahue and Ellis Harman were two I’d love to follow on a regular basis. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Jake Grove and Kylie Yerka, “Upstate Be” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jose Franco, “Escape” LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, “The Sky’s the Limit” Judges’ Comments: Very well thought-out section. Lots of nice local photos and stories for each area high school band. Beautiful design. A pleasure to read. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, “Back to School” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Willie Mae Mattress and Melissa Lewis, “Hometowner” E.A. RAMSAUR AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITINGFIRST PLACE Spot News Photo: Anna Brown, Union County News, “House Fire” FIRST PLACE: The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe Judges’ Comments: In a very close contest among the top entrants, Ms. Scoppe’s work stood out for its depth and clarity. She took strong positions onPHOTO PAGE DESIGN USE OF TWITTER complicated issues and explained them in a way FIRST PLACE: The State, Tracy Burlison, FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andy Paras someone who is not familiar with the details and “Super Saturday” Judges’ Comments: Talk about reader engagement! background can easily understand. Judges’ Comments: Great photos paired with a Paras interacts with his readers in a personable, SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Elsa great layout make this a winner! Good job at yet authoritative manner 24/7. From traffic and McDowell sports scores to humorous tidbits, he is the real- telling the story. Nicely done... felt like I was there, time go-to guy for Charleston news. THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Beth but glad I wasn’t. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff Padgett SECOND PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis, “Animal Attraction” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gene THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money, Sapakoff All Weekly “Special Times” FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST PLACE: The State, Dwayne McLemore 2012 ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGEUNPUBLISHED PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Staff FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, and Gary Ward Judges’ Comments: Engaging, comprehensive Christopher Huff, “No confirmation amid Judges’ Comments: If the idea of a Facebook page is coverage and incisive commentary that clearly to build a community, Go Gamecocks is chaos” defined and explained the issues and personalities succeeding. It would be easy to simply post scores Judges’ Comments: Dramatic wreck scene captures involved in some of the biggest stories of the year. and let the Gamecocks/rabid fans take over, but action and emotion. Goes beyond the norm. there are recruiting updates, photos and updates SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, about sports not in season. Add in a little bit of Scene, Leslie Cantu and Staff “Drowning” personality to the posts, and the page becomes a THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News, Staff THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Gavin Jackson, destination for true fans. “Crosswalk” SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Melissa Hall
  7. 7. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 7EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF SPORTS SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OR GOVERNMENT REPORTINGFOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES SPORTS MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: FIRST PLACE: The Independent Voice of FIRST PLACE: Chronicle-Independent, “The Free Times, Corey Hutchins Fairfield County, James Denton, “Fish or Cut Camden Horse” Judges’ Comments: Great writing and research Bait, School Board of Untrustees” Judges’ Comments: Beautiful magazine – great combine to make a clear winner in this contest. Judges’ Comments: Writer shows tenacity through headlines and photos. Tons of well written local Stories go beyond basic reporting and tell his strong reporting skills. Strength in urging use of content. Well-designed. A wonderful read. interesting stories. FOI prosecution for violations. SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal SECOND PLACE: The Lancaster News, Jesef SECOND PLACE: The News and Reporter, Travis Scene, “Football 2012” Williams Jenkins, “The Law” THIRD PLACE: Free Times, “Sideline” THIRD PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles THIRD PLACE: Chronicle-Independent, Martin D. Perry L. Cahn, “Heading for Sunshine at the Beach” FEATURE SPECIALTY PUBLICATION OR MAGAZINE HEALTH REPORTINGINVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Staff, “Focus on FIRST PLACE: Daniel Island News, Jennifer FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Charles Fort Mill Township” Johnston Sowell, “County Disabilities and Special Judges’ Comments: Attractive, informative and Judges’ Comments: The writer engages the reader well-designed. Facts and figures in demographics by using interesting, relevant facts and meaningful Needs Board” and schools added substance. I especially enjoyed quotes. Articles are informative and effective in Judges’ Comments: A great example of using the specific people in photos and stories. explaining health matters. Writing is clear and multiple sources and records to paint a picture of arrogance and mismanagement of a county SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Staff, well-organized. agency. The depth and breadth of research and “Sun Surf Sand Beach Guide” SECOND PLACE: The Star, Phyllis Britt reporting makes this the clear winner. Reporting THIRD PLACE: Lake Wylie Pilot, Staff, THIRD PLACE: The Clinton Chronicle, Larry paved way for change. “Gateway to the Carolinas” Franklin SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles D. Perry, Michael Smith and Tom O’Dare, NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION EDUCATION REPORTING “Project Blue” FIRST PLACE: The Press & Standard, Staff, FIRST PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Tina THIRD PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle “Colleton” Graham Anderson & The Dispatch News, Jerry Bellune, “River Judges’ Comments: Writing quality far exceeds Judges’ Comments: Anderson takes a wide range of Bluff High School” competing entries. Quality design and printing education topics and offers in-depth analysis. enhances all aspects of this magazine, particularly SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, PaulCARTOON very strong photographic images throughout. Good Bowers FIRST PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Steve balance of feature stories and informative listings. THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News, Reece SECOND PLACE: The Clinton Chronicle, Staff, Murphy Stegelin “Veterans Salute 2012” Judges’ Comments: Stegelin’s take on Nikki Haley is laugh-out-loud funny. Uncle Scrooge Mitt Duck THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News, Staff, FAITH REPORTING covers a lot and hits all targets. His cartoons must “Discover Lancaster County” FIRST PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Tina narrowly avoid censor. Graham Anderson SECOND PLACE: News-Chronicle, Mike Beckom SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION Judges’ Comments: Extremely well written, THIRD PLACE: Free Times, Carlos Montage FIRST PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, “High interesting and impactful. Enjoyed reading! School Football Preview: The New Dream Team” SECOND PLACE: Enquirer-Herald, JenniferMIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATION Judges’ Comments: Very professional design. Becknell FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Joey Ayer, “Pitfall!” Interesting concept. Varied formats keep the eye THIRD PLACE: Pickens County Courier, Nicole Judges’ Comments: What a clever way to illustrate moving forward. You covered all bases, from team previews to player interviews. Daughhetee the potential problems with a new voter ID law. I SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal love the pitfall reference! SPORTS BEAT REPORTING SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Scott Scene, “McKissick” FIRST PLACE: The News and Reporter, Travis Suchy, “The Citadel’s shame” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Lancaster News, Jenkins, “Chester County Sports” THIRD PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Chris “Football 2012” Judges’ Comments: Excellent diversity of topics, Mowder, “New school takes flight” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Greer Citizen, from legislative to history and traditional game “Blueprint for Success” coverage. Writer did his homework, citing multiple sources per story and presumably digging into the archives to unearth a “Founding Father” football Special Thanks embers legend. from SC PA and i ts m SECOND PLACE: The Gazette, Rob Gantt, “High School Sports” THIRD PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, to The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island for printing this Roger Lee, “Community Sports” special publication.
  8. 8. 8 • 2012 SCPA News Contest WinnersUNPUBLISHED PHOTO SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING NEWS HEADLINE WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Fort Jackson Leader, FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Roger Greene, FIRST PLACE: The Berkeley Independent, Frank Andrew McIntyre, “Top Cop Compeitition” “Troubled fund manager makes a new start Johnson Judges’ Comments: Photo captures a dramatic on the cover” Judges’ Comments: Apt, accurate and understated: moment. Good use of shallow depth of field to Judges’ Comments: Great enterprise reporting: Just what headlines should be. emphasize policeman and gun. investigative, balanced and fair. This story is a SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles SECOND PLACE: The Weekly Observer, Matt textbook case of how to dig up, report and write a D. Perry McColl, “Corey Bethea” story without sacrificing the human element. THIRD PLACE: The News and Reporter, Travis THIRD PLACE: Fort Mill Times, John Marks, SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles Jenkins “Bottoms up” D. Perry, “Power to the Pedal” THIRD PLACE: Free Times, Eva Moore andUSE OF TWITTER Patrick Wall, “Bases Empty” Daily Over 50,000 FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Corey Hutchins Judges’ Comments: Engaging, meaningful content. BUSINESS REPORTING PICTORIAL Readers obviously enjoy interacting with Hutchins. FIRST PLACE: The Moultrie News, Sully Witte FIRST PLACE: The State, C. Aluka Berry, Nice mix of informative and edgy, but never Judges’ Comments: Excellent background and “Dancing” boring. Great work! narrative. Did a terrific job explaining the subject Judges’ Comments: Striking image with dramatic SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Eva Moore matter. lighting. THIRD PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael SECOND PLACE: Tribune-Times, Nathaniel Cary SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, Harrison and Jenny Overman THIRD PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & “State Fair” The Dispatch News, Jerry Bellune THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, KenFACEBOOK PAGE Osburn, “Mini Storage” FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael PHOTO ILLUSTRATION HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Harrison and Jenny Overman FIRST PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Grace Beahm, “Watching the Game” Judges’ Comments: Nice variety of content, good Michael Smith, “Football puzzle” companion to newspaper/full site. Judges’ Comments: Very creative concept. Cropped SECOND PLACE: The Cherokee Chronicle, well, not to destroy action of picture. HUMOROUS PHOTO Tommy Martin, Jon Martin and Charles Wyatt SECOND PLACE: Coastal Observer, Tanya FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Leroy Burnell, “Protesters Ringling Bros. and THIRD PLACE: The Weekly Observer, Matt McColl Ackerman, “Burning of the socks” THIRD PLACE: Coastal Observer, Charles Barnum & Bailey Circus’” Judges’ Comments: Good timing. InterestingHARRIS AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING Swenson, “Images drift down river” subject matter. This photo makes you smile. FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Charles Swenson SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal Judges’ Comments: These editorials stand out for WEEKLY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE McEldowney, “Shoe” their strong community focus and clear point of FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace view. To read them is to get a strong sense of the Harrison attitudes, culture and values of Pawleys Island. Beahm, “Zipper the Squirrel” Judges’ Comments: The entry says the goal of the SECOND PLACE: The Clinton Chronicle, Larry site is to be “a daily newspaper with a weekly print Franklin product” and it succeeds. Very inviting look with NEWS HEADLINE WRITING THIRD PLACE: Greenville Journal, Susan Clary lots of information that is well organized, FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Beth Simmons particularly with the tabs at the top. I look forward Harrison to seeing where the site is a year from now. Judges’ Comments: The election headline deftlyPUBLIC SERVICE FOR WEEKLY SECOND PLACE: The Press & Standard combines Obama’s victory in the general electionNEWSPAPERS THIRD PLACE: The Dillon Herald with the element of the second term. Economical and clear. The headline on the Obama-Christie FIRST PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles D. Perry, Michael Smith, Tom O’Dare and Steve LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR post-Sandy tour gets in both the political and Robertson, “Executive’s past raises questions” SECTION disaster elements with the “stormy weather” allusion, without hitting the reader over the head Judges’ Comments: Excellent enterprise, FIRST PLACE: Charleston City Paper, “The with wordplay. investigative reporting of a key player involved in a Pride Issue” SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Bob local economic development issue. The light of Judges’ Comments: Clean, symmetrical layout with Kinney truth was shed on Dave Rocker’s checkered past eye-catching graphics and well-composed photos. thanks to this enterprising journalism. SECOND PLACE: Coastal Observer, “Beaches” THIRD PLACE: The State, Bobby Bryant SECOND PLACE: Coastal Observer, Charles THIRD PLACE: The Moultrie News, Swenson and Jason Lesley, “Walmart plans “Lowcountry Life” Pawley’s Island store” THIRD PLACE: Lake Wylie Pilot, John Marks, “Former benefit families still fighting”
  9. 9. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 9SPOT NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Gene Sapakoff, Glenn Smith, Edward Fennell and Jeff Hartsell, “Citadel’s Rosa: We are sorry” Judges’ Comments: Excellent work. Clearly lays out accounts by key players in a complex series of events, but – more importantly – adds documentary evidence and analysis. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Eric Connor, “Plea deal frees death row inmate” THIRD PLACE: The State, Carolyn Click and Noelle Phillips, “‘Monster’ charged with kidnapping missing girl”ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andrew Knapp and Robert Behre, “Up in Arms” Judges’ Comments: Great use of on-the-record comments and the human element elevate this submission. “The line on fines” section was particularly well-woven and enlightening. Great use of breakouts and graphics for data. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp, “Like a SECOND PLACE Sports Feature Photo: Gerry Melendez, The State, “Gatorade Bath” nightmare” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Tony NEWS FEATURE WRITING SHORT STORY Bartelme, “Arson records thin, full of holes” FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post FIRST PLACE: The State, Dawn Hinshaw, “A HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, and Courier, Andrew Knapp, “Murder in the season for early bloomers” Stephen Largen, “Taxes paid for luxury hotel” forest” Judges’ Comments: So evocative of the hope of early Judges’ Comments: Rich in detail, solid reporting spring, from the tomato and mayonnaiseBUSINESS REPORTING and strong writing. A great tale and a great sandwiches to the ending’s little girl want to come FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brendan example of news feature writing. out with granddad in the garden. A nice vignette. Kearney SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Lyn SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Bo Judges’ Comments: Kearney provided readers with Riddle, “Freeing the falls” Petersen, “Simple Blessings” a multidimensional view of the Boeing Dreamliner THIRD PLACE: The State, Dawn Hinshaw, “An THIRD PLACE: The State, Dawn Hinshaw, and its impact on Charleston. His reporting on a important little spot” “Last week of school” renewed unionization drive showed enterprise; an article about a jet delivery to Air India argued how Boeing might become one of the area’s most PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY COLUMN WRITING important economic forces since the Civil War. FIRST PLACE: The State, Carolyn Click, FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brian Hicks SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Slade “Whitson wants to lift women of the world” Judges’ Comments: Brian Hick’s columns are powerfully written and illuminate important local THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Warren Wise Judges’ Comments: Carolyn Click delivers a rich issues such as educational governance, law and and honest profile of retiring college president Caroline Whitson. Though Whitson has enjoyed justice and quality of life. He brings a full throatedLIFEESTYLE FEATURE WRITING many successes, Click doesn’t paper over her point of view. FIRST PLACE: The State, Otis R. Taylor Jr., disappointments. She presents Whitson in full, SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, John “Something you have to work at every single day” from her considerable drive and intellect all the McDermott Judges’ Comments: Mr. Taylor admittedly had a way down to her very fashionable shoes. THIRD PLACE: The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe good subject to work with in Bree Boyce. He did a SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Amy thorough job of storytelling that shed lights on the Clarke Burns, “Happy Ending” person and the people who have helped her on her journey. THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Anna Smith, “Cannon under fire” Lee, “Beyond Books” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Donna Isbell Walker, “When Rock Was Young”
  10. 10. 10 • 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Michael Burns, “The trouble with tweeting” Judges’ Comments: I like how the author took something as popular and prevalent as Twitter and turned a critical eye toward it. The story lays out the pratfalls and benefits very well. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Bob Castello, “A perilous path” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Rudy Jones, “Remember the Alamo”’ SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: The State, Ron Morris, “A coach for life” Judges’ Comments: By reading this, I felt like I knew someone worth knowing. Detailed descriptions and insightful anecdotes helped paint a vivid picture of this coach and his impact on his community. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Darryl Slater, “Coastal’s CEO Coach” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Scott Keepfer, “The home run that never was”FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST Spot News Photo: Matt Walsh, Index-Journal, “Sycamore Drive Fire” SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The State, Kelly Cobb Judges’ Comments: The vote percentages at the topSERIES OF ARTICLES BEAT REPORTING of the page sets this apart from other designs. FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn Informative and visually appealing approach. Post and Courier, Tony Bartelme, “Storm of Smith, “Public safety and Courts” Grabs the eye. Money” Judges’ Comments: Mr. Smith’s submissions show a SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Judges’ Comments: With several excellent series, good range of spot news and enterprise writing. He Maureen Hartshorn this one stood out for its thoroughness, clear clearly demonstrates a gift for getting people to THIRD PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer writing, personalization of complex issues, good talk, collecting sharp detail and relaying it with well-constructed prose. collection and analyses of facts and laws, and timeliness in bringing important information to SECOND PLACE: The State, Jeff Wilkinson, INSIDE PAGE DESIGN readers. “Military Affairs” FIRST PLACE: The State, Tracy Burlison Judges’ Comments: Great use of a great photo. SECOND PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, THIRD PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, Clean design and powerful use of white space. Well “Solar Energy” “Environment” done, complete-looking page. THIRD PLACE: The State, Jeff Wilkinson, SECOND PLACE: The State, Kelly Cobb “PTSD” SPOT SPORTS STORY THIRD PLACE: The State, Tracy Burlison FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, ScottREPORTING IN DEPTH Keepfer, “Draft continues to fight” SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn Judges’ Comments: Took a spot news event, FIRST PLACE: The State, Elizabeth M. Smith Smith, Gene Sapakoff and Diane Knich, announcing establishment of a memorial Judges’ Comments: Informative layout and a “Skip Reville coverage” scholarship, and turned it into a beautiful piece, a concise design accentuating the value of the piece. Judges’ Comments: The clear winner in this “memorial” of sorts, to the athlete’s late wife. A lot Catches the eye with its simplicity. of heart in this story. category. Terrific use of shoe-leather reporting and SECOND PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis the FOIA to get to the bottom and expose the SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Bob THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad horrific molestation case at The Citadel. Special Castello, “Signature presence joins son” Dunbar recognition to Glenn Smith for leading the charge! THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Tommy Well done! SECOND PLACE: The State, Noelle Phillips, Braswell, “One leaf costs Pettersson” SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN John Monk and Mindy Lucas, “Tom FIRST PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer Judges’ Comments: Creative, painstakingly detailed Sponseller-Rachel Dunn” and eye-catching. THIRD PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, SECOND PLACE: The State, Kevin McLendon “Industrial toxins in neighborhood” THIRD PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer
  11. 11. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 11SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brad Nettles, “Distraught” Judges’ Comments: The emotion of this picture is very strong. Also captures scene with firefighters in background. (See cover for photo.) SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “School Pick Up” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Heidi Heilbrunn, “Construction Accident” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “SWAT Standoff ”GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Last Day with Veronica” Judges’ Comments: Photo captures emotion of a very sad case. Tight composition and good use of depth of field. SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Ronald Rouse” THIRD PLACE: The State, Kim Kim Foster- Tobin, “Step-up Campaign” THIRD PLACE Feature Photo: Tanya Ackerman, Coastal Observer, “Green Fashion Show”FEATURE PHOTO SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO PHOTO ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Tyrone FIRST PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, FIRST PLACE: The State, Kim Kim Foster- Walker, “Spelling Bee” “Backflip” Tobin, “Brooklyn Mack” Judges’ Comments: Great timing, clean Judges’ Comments: Low angle and wide lens make Judges’ Comments: Stark lighting and multiple composition. this photo a stopper. exposures make this picture stand out. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Heidi SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, SECOND PLACE: The State, Kim Kim Foster- Heilbrunn, “Peter Rosset” “Gatorade Bath” Tobin, “Spa” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Tyrone THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Walker, “Shrimp Casting” “South Carolina players celebrate their 5-1 Beahm, “Bourbon” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, win over Oklahoma” Tyrone Walker, “DanceFX” DAILY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The PostSPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace and Courier FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Bart Beahm, “Long Time Waiting” Judges’ Comments: The overall look of the site was Boatwright, “Richie Shaffer (8) knocks a Judges’ Comments: Capture of reflection, tight good. The layout was good and the navigation ground ball down” crop, and shallow depth of field make this photo options were easy to read and use. There were lots Judges’ Comments: Amazing timing, tight crop, a stand out. of headlines on the home page. tough shot to get but the photographer nailed it. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal SECOND PLACE: The State, Gary Ward, Kelly SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Bart McEldowney, “Courtney Roberts” Davis, Darren Price, Rachael Lowe, Dwayne Boatwright, “Joey Pankake (9) slides safely THIRD PLACE: The State, C. Aluka Berry, McLemore and Aubrey Jenkins into 2nd” “Carrie LeNoir” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Bill Fox THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Chase Vergason dives to score the PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY PHOTO GALLERY ON A NEWSPAPER Gamecocks first run” FIRST PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, WEBSITE HONORABLE MENTION: The Greenville News, “Coming Home” FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Bart Boatwright, “Tanner Smith (5) tries to Judges’ Comments: Captures emotion without Beahm, “Bulls Island Winter Bow Hunt” being invasive. Judges’ Comments: Dynamic photos that are well- drive past Maryland guards” SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, organized to tell a great story to readers. “Unclaimed Dead Buried” SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Wade THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, Spees, “Jack’s Jazz Procession” “College World Series” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace HONORABLE MENTION: The State, C. Aluka Beahm, “Lowcountry Flooding” Berry, “Carrie LeNoir”
  12. 12. 12 • 2012 SCPA News Contest WinnersONLINE SPORTS VIDEO ENTERPRISE REPORTING PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY FIRST PLACE: The State, Tracy Glantz, “Strong FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Jennifer FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jenny Arnold, Hands” Crossley Howard, “Shuttered mills hold “Pat’s Road to Hope” Judges’ Comments: Good story and interesting years of history” Judges’ Comments: This was a great example of camera shots. Judges’ Comments: Very thorough, showing how following up a news story to get the real story, the SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal much time and research went into this piece, but real life side that goes beyond the initial facts. McEldowney, “Trevor Smith” also written in a light, detail-full style that makes SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Lee Healy, it easy to read! THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris “Artist, veteran, train robber” Hanclosky, “Tennis” SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Andrew THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, David Wren, Doughman, “Miles of Savings” “Rape victim keeps fighting”ONLINE GENERAL NEWS/FEATURE VIDEO THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News, Maya “Downtown incentives spark questions” FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris T. Prabhu, “Learning something new” Hanclosky, “PGA Tour” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News, David Judges’ Comments: Great camera shots and use of Wren, “Plant’s pollution stirs suit” SHORT STORY music! FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Maya T. Prabhu, SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace BUSINESS REPORTING “Unclaimed funds” Beahm, “Pet Squirrel” FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Trevor Judges’ Comments: Story and photos bring a smile THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal Anderson to your face. McEldowney, “Lake Jocassee” Judges’ Comments: Anderson puts a real face on SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, David Wren, business stories. I like the focus on issues appealing to “Burnouts” a younger audience. Really makes the business section THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis, more personable. “Toilet Heist”Daily 20,000 - 50,000 SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Dawn Bryant THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Jennifer COLUMN WRITINGPICTORIAL Crossley Howard FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, Judges’ Comments: Andrew’s entries stood out “Wet foot forward” LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING because he found and focused on real people, and he Judges’ Comments: Love the aesthetics of this FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Ellen Meder, told their stories in a compelling manner that made photo. The lines of the concrete juxtapose umbrella. “Healing hidden war wounds” it impossible to stop reading until the end. The kicker is the foot sticking out. Surrealist. Judges’ Comments: The author found the perfect SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington Making art of real life. family to give this issue a human face, while THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Linda Cobb SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael balancing good information from health Justus, “Roofing Crew” professionals trained in treating PTSD. SERIES OF ARTICLES THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Ellen Meder, FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden Jr., “Graduation” “How I learned to shoot like a girl” and Julie Graham, “Good Grief, we love HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Alex THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis, comics” C. Hicks Jr., “After the game” “Rock of Ages” Judges’ Comments: Outstanding! Thoroughly HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, enjoyed reading these wonderful stories. Way to Ken Ruinard, “Signs in raindrops” NEWS FEATURE WRITING think outside the box! Great job! FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “God SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jenny Arnold,SPOT NEWS REPORTING give me one more chance” “Stand your ground law” FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jenny Arnold, Judges’ Comments: Compelling story told in such a THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, David Wren, “Violence disrupts worship service” way that you can imagine being there for every “Rape case revisited” Judges’ Comments: This reporter hustled on a step of the incident and recovery with Mitch Sunday morning to capture dramatic violence and Altman. heroics as they unfolded. She did a great job and SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Charmaine added many voiced to her story. Smith-Miles, “One magical night” SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Kim Kimzey, THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Issac Bailey, “Blaze hits former plant” “General laid raid ground work” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden, “Local man dies cutting grass”
  13. 13. 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners • 13REPORTING IN DEPTH FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, Jamie Self, Shawn Cetrone and Nicole E. Smith, “Tornado deaths, devastation and recovery” Judges’ Comments: Excellent coverage. Great stories on the people affected. A very thorough job by this team... I am impressed! Great work! SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Jamie Self, “Murderer’s release from York Co. jail” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Court: Clover man has too much junk” HONORABLE MENTION: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden, “Kenny Allen recovers from dog mauling”BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden, “Public Safety” Judges’ Comments: Mr. McFadden’s work shows an ability to dig deep, fast. His coverage of the controversy over bond amounts in a drug sting proves particularly insightful and offered readers context about a complex issue. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Public Safety” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jenny Arnold, “Law Enforcement”SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, “McIlroy wins in record fashion” Judges’ Comments: Good angle on a major story. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton, “Fans gather to show support” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young and SECOND PLACE Sports Action Photo: Mandy Ferguson, The Greer Citizen, “Up to the challenge” Kurt Knapek, “Coastal Carolina reassigns Bennett” SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGNSPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Noelle Edwards FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Darin Gantt, Judges’ Comments: The front page was balanced – Judges’ Comments: Bubbles can be risky, but with “Carrying the torch” making good use of art, headlines and text to offset the theme of Titanic as the main story, it was a Judges’ Comments: This story was a difficult one to hard news with a feature story. Good use of text nice link to its sinking. Great headline and use of tell. It rose above your average sports feature and wrapping around medal cutout and nice play of color. And I liked the promos at the bottom as well. provided a window into the psyche of a man who various font sizes/bolds/thins. Good, clean page. many readers could relate to. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Kylie Yerka SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Shana Gray THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money “Family links” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton, INSIDE PAGE DESIGN SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN “Small ball” FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Rebekah Lewis FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Nick Foster Judges’ Comments: Well-designed photo package. Judges’ Comments: There were several Spartanburg Pull-out quote and shaded infobox give this a big- sports pages that stood out and its staff knows city, polished feel. what it’s doing. Foster’s front featured a great photo SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Money that tells the story. It’s simple, clean and draws the THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Kylie Yerka eye in. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Robert Walton THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Mike McCombs
  14. 14. 14 • 2012 SCPA News Contest Winners SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Slap in the face” Judges’ Comments: Unusual. Funny photo of a serious moment. Great timing. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Westside fans celebrate Friday’s 60- 56 win over rival T.L. Hanna” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “No Celebration for Second Place” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Rally Caps” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “D.W. Daniel High School football team breaks through a paper banner” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Robert “Mountain Man” Perry” Judges’ Comments: Picture that screams personality with the background, clothing and dog.THIRD PLACE Personality Photograph or Portrait: Jonathan Dyer, The Beaufort Gazette, “Drill Instructor” Nice lighting. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, KenSPOT NEWS PHOTO FEATURE PHOTO Ruinard, “Karson’s tops” FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks “A man cries while talking to Investigator” Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Hillbilly Day” Jr., “Terry James” Judges’ Comments: Strong emotion. Crossing the Judges’ Comments: Strong human interest and HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, line. timing make this picture stand out. Ken Ruinard, “Ron Wilson” SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Ruinard, “Father to son” Jr., “A child’s game” PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, Ruinard, “License and registration?” “Splash” “Rodeo” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Judges’ Comments: Effective use of silhouette and Rebecca J. Ducker, “Liza Hudson” strong diagonals. Sefton Ipock, “Storage Building Fire” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Nathan Gray, “Wreck Interstate 85 lucky” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO Blackmon Morgan, “Tobacco Farming” FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Janet BlackmonGENERAL NEWS PHOTO Morgan, “Milton’s Evan Nolte dives for a Morgan, “Mud” FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Gavin Jackson, loose ball” “Rouse funeral” Judges’ Comments: Good floor action shot, which is DAILY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE Judges’ Comments: Emotional photo, captures hard to get in basketball. Facial expressions are a FIRST PLACE: The Herald gravity of situation. Planned, but well composed. stopper. Judges’ Comments: Really like all of the news you SECOND PLACE: Morning News, John D. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan get on the website “above the fold.” In fact, the Gray, “Softball” quantity of news you get throughout the home page Russell, “Spelling Bee” is impressive. Video quality could be better, but the THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, placement of videos on home page and variety of Morgan, “Sylvia Woods burial” “Lees-McRae College’s Scott Hudgins” multimedia offered is great. Databases make this HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Alex HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, site stand out. It’s news you can use, easy to find, C. Hicks Jr., “Holding on to his honor” Nathan Gray, “UNC-Pembroke’s Aaron and keeps you on the site. Parnell is tagged out by Anderson University SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail catcher Brett Scarberry” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal

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