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S.C. Press Association Winners Tabloid

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Winners of the S.C. Press Association 2014 News Contest, presented March 14, 2015, in Myrtle Beach.

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S.C. Press Association Winners Tabloid

  1. 1. Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism 2014 NEWS CONTEST AWARD WINNERS
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Press Association News Contest Winners Journalist Year Award of the indexOpen Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 All Daily Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 All Weekly Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9 All Weekly & Daily Under 18,000 Combined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Daily Under 18,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 Daily Under 18,000 & 18,000-45,000 Combined . . . . . . . . . . 13 Daily 18,000-45,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5, 18 President’s Award for Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 General Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Daily Over 45,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-22 Weekly Under 4,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-24 Weekly Under 4,500 & Over 4,500 Combined . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Weekly Over 4,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27 Weekly Over 4,500 & 2-3 Times Weekly Combined . . . . . . . . . . . 28 2-3 Times Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-30 Associate & Individual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 WEEKLY DIVISION WINNERS Photojournalist Year Award of the PAULBOWERS CHARLESTONCITYPAPER Paul Bowers is a staff writer at the Charleston City Paper, where he enjoys doing long-form investigative stories, scooping the daily news outlets, and writing occasional first- person narratives. He is a general assignment reporter, but his favorite beats include crime, city politics, music, and protest movements. His current pet project is an interactive map of public urination incidents in downtown Charleston. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Paste, Free Times, undefined, Verbatim Poetry, and Patrol. He is married and recently became the father of beautiful twin daughters. Judges’ Comments: Bowers is recognized for the breadth and depth of his coverage. He clearly tackles topics that people care about and writes stories that matter. BOWERS MICHAELEDUKE THENEWS(KINGSTREE) Born and raised in Goose Creek, Michaele Duke was clever and artistic from the very beginning. After high school she attended the School of Communication Arts where she focused her study in photography. Her passion and expertise gained her employment for a multitude of opportunities. Stationed in Mobile, AL, with her husband Mack, Duke had the opportunity to work for the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, where she photographed surgical procedures as a media specialist. She eventually took her talent to Charleston, where she carried the title of senior photographer at Tumbleston Photography. After her daughters Shannon and Morgan were born, she focused on family while continuing her passion as a freelancing portrait photographer. Her skills have to led to several awards for her photography, medical publications, and news advertising, as well as numerous publications of her work. She currently demonstrates her artistry within her career at The News in Kingstree. Throughout her eight years at The News, she has contributed as a journalist with a bi-weekly column as well as providing excellent photography for each of her stories. Duke’s passion for journalism and photography is observed in every part of her life and she is recognized as the voice of her community.  Judges’ Comments: Good variety of photos in several categories: pictorial, feature, sports action and news. Captures good moments that show off life in her newspaper’s community. DUKE Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism Michael Smith is editor of the Carolina Forest Chronicle in Myrtle Beach, and online editor of myhorrynews.com. He is a two-time winner of the SCPA Weekly Journalist of the Year, two-time winner of the Reid F. Montgomery FOI award, and past Photojournalist of the Year recipient. He has covered the Heather Elvis case since it began in December 2013. Steve Robertson is owner and publisher of Waccamaw Publishers. His career in journalism spans 42 years. A past president of the S.C. Press Association, Robertson oversees the publication of The Horry Independent, the Myrtle Beach Herald, the Carolina Forest Chronicle, The Loris Scene, the News & Shopper, the Horry County Business Journal and VISIT!, the newspaper for visitors to the Grand Strand. His papers have won the Reid F. Montgomery Freedom of Information Award on two occasions. Heather Gale began working as a part-time reporter for the Myrtle Beach Herald in 2008 and became a full time reporter for Waccamaw Publishers in 2009. She reported breaking news, wrote feature pieces and covered the education beat for The Horry Independent, Carolina Forest Chronicle, Myrtle Beach Herald and The Loris Scene for five years. She also helped design and maintain the company’s website, www.myhorrynews.com. In 2014, she became assignment editor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Myrtle Beach. Judges’ Comments: The Carolina Forest Chronicle staff was absolutely relentless in reporting on all of the issues surrounding Heather Elvis, despite substantial opposition. They were dogged in pressing for information, overcoming judicial opposition and public pressure. This newspaper intensely fought for openness in the face of adversity. SMITH ROBERTSON GALE MICHAELSMITH,STEVEROBERTSONANDHEATHERGALE CAROLINAFORESTCHRONICLE
  3. 3. 3 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? PhotojournalistoftheYearAward ???JournalistoftheYearAward???ReidMontgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? 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Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid MontgomeryFOIAWARD???JayBenderAwardforAssertiveJournalism???Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid MontgomeryFOIAWARD???JayBenderAwardforAssertiveJournalism???Photojournalist DAILY DIVISION WINNERS FIRSTPLACE–THEPOSTANDCOURIER Judges’ Comments: Large package of clips that show consistent and effective use of the FOIA. This paper shows great ambition in public service reporting. The Post and Courier uses the FOIA as a routine tool across all newsroom departments. Newspaper exhibits wide- ranging use of the FOIA and a dedication to openness. Stand-out entry was “Till Death Do Us Part.” HONORABLEMENTION–AIKENSTANDARD Judges’ Comments: Commendable effort. An excellent piece of work. Impressive coverage, especially juvenile crime and MOX study. Staff showed perseverance in obtaining information important to the public. Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD Journalist Year Award of the Photojournalist Year Award of the ANNADOUGLAS,THEHERALD Anna Douglas, 25, joined The Herald in Rock Hill in July 2012 as city government and Winthrop University reporter. A graduate of James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., she attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, where she majored in mass communication. She graduated in 2011. A former editor of Winthrop’s student newspaper, The Johnsonian, Douglas was named the S.C. Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year in 2011. In 2015, Douglas received a President’s Award for outstanding journalism from the McClatchy Co. for her coverage of Jamie Comstock Williamson, the now former president of Winthrop. Judges’ Comments: Anna Douglas showed tenacity in using the FOIA to uncover the problems with a newly hired Winthrop University president. Her story led to drafting of new policies and the firing of the president. She also used old-fashioned reporting skills, combined with the FOIA, to break tuition increase stories. Amazing job! DOUGLAS Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism PAULZOELLER THEPOSTANDCOURIER After several years as a freelance photographer, Paul Zoeller returned to his journalism roots to join the staff of The Post and Courier in January 2013. As a consummate photojournalist, Zoeller draws upon his editorial background to tell the story, capture the peak action moment in sports or find the perfect light while producing stills or multimedia presentations. A native of Texas, he earned a degree in photojournalism at the University of Texas at Arlington. Zoeller enjoys sharing his passion with students who are interested in learning about photography or journalism. While he has collected accolades throughout his career, Zoeller’s most well-known work is his annual crazy family Christmas card. Zoeller enjoys Lowcountry living in Summerville with his wife, Chris, and two kids, Joshua and Dylan. Judges’ Comments: Good variety of subjects – all with great light, good compositions and decisive moments. ZOELLER FIRSTPLACE–JOHNMONK THESTATE John Monk, a Maryland native and U.S. Army veteran, started his newspaper career in the 1970s with a now-defunct Georgetown, S.C., paper and, later, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach. In 1979, Monk joined The Charlotte Observer, where he worked as police reporter, Carolinas roving reporter, including covering the 1989 Panamanian invasion, investigative reporter, S.C. bureau chief and Washington correspondent.  In 1997, Monk joined The State as an editorial writer, moving to the newsroom in 2000 to report on a variety of topics. His current areas include law, justice and crime issues.  Judges’ Comments: Writer John Monk’s reporting revealed House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s efforts to scuttle a State Grand Jury investigation and Harrell’s subsequent indictment and guilty pleas. He was aggressive, dogged and imaginative on legal and reporting fronts. We are grateful for his coverage, which had statewide significance and impact. He worked hard to overcome the Grand Jury and Harrell’s attorneys’ efforts to keep the investigation secret. Monk was the only one going after this story. HONORABLEMENTION–FITZMCADEN THEISLANDPACKET Judges’ Comments: Editor Fitz McAden didn’t just retire and walk away. He was relentless in fighting for the public’s right to know about charges against a sitting state representative and a judge sealing formerly public records. Impressive work. MONK
  4. 4. 4 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners OPEN division INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Till Death Do Us Part” Judges’ Comments: You looked beyond reporting just the facts of one case, identified a much larger issue and explored all possible avenues. What an amazing story revealing shocking statistics that are presented with real faces of real people. A true investigative piece. Well done. SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Porter Barron Jr., “Horrors Behind These Walls” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Frank Bumb, “SLED to look into Calhoun Falls’ records; Duffel bag with cash leads to call to SLED” SERIES OF SPORTS ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Sam Bundy, “Premier Basketball League” Judges’ Comments: Tough, informative exposé of the Premier Basketball League. A well-documented analysis of a scam. Good reporting. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Aaron Brenner, “Live from the Combine” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton, “Panthers Camp 20th Anniversary” CARTOON FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Robert Ariail, “The Waste State; Friendliest City; Haley’s Jobs” Judges’ Comments: Ariail’s technical skill is outstanding and he really has a sharp wit. SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Ed Wilson, “Bingo; RTA; Myrtle Beach Bikefest” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Roger Harvell, “Eight Tiny Drones?; Ethics Reform; South Carolina Roads” MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “All that jazz” Judges’ Comments: I was impressed with the theme of the page and use of perspective with the saxophone. The music notes along with the muted colors play nicely on the page. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “Fall preview” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Post and Courier, Luke Reasoner, “2014 schedule” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The State, Barrett Self, “Gamecocks beat Bulldogs” ILLUSTRATION FIRSTPLACE:Herald-Journal, Gary Kyle, “Postpartum” Judges’ Comments: Illustration works very well with the story. Creative style with thoughtful effort. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gill Guerry, “Restaurant Noise” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Gary Kyle, “Steeplechase hats” HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Gary Kyle, “Summer camps” INFORMATIONAL GRAPHICS PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer Judges’ Comments: Creative and cutting edge graphics that tell the story. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar THIRDPLACE:The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker HONORABLEMENTION:The Post and Courier, Gill Guerry INNOVATIVE CONCEPT FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Till Death Do Us Part” Judges’ Comments: I love the thought that went into rolling it out in a manner similar to Netflix. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Spartanburg Soaring” THIRD PLACE: The State; Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andrew Shain; “The Buzz” AFFILIATED OR NICHEWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: The Sun News; Todd Garvin, Josh Bell and Caroline Evans; GoToMyrtleBeach.com Judges’ Comments: Attractive site with tons of tourism-related content. Neat interactive features, tight writing and eye-catching photography make this site stand out from the rest. Trusted, insider local content makes this site a real resource in the digitally overcrowded universe of Yelp, TripAdvisor and the like. Makes me want to visit Myrtle Beach! SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff, GoGamecocks.com THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, charlestonscene.com ENTERTAINMENT SECTION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Allison Nugent- Caruso, “Charleston Scene: July 10” Judges’ Comments: Chocked full of local entertainment, arts, food and event news. A go-to guide for what’s happening with well-written features and lively commentary. Serves community well. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Vicki Grooms, “Kicks! Exploring Atalaya” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Jake Grove, “Your Hometown Fun: Soul Man” SPORTS MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff, “GoGamecocks: Quiet Storm” Judges’ Comments: Very well designed with interesting content. Great cover story. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Tideline: May/June” THIRD PLACE: The State, Staff, “GoGamecocks: The Real A’ja” HONORABLE MENTION: Chronicle-Independent, Staff, “The Camden Horse & Equestrian - Colonial Cup Edition” DIGITAL NEWS PROJECT FIRST PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, “Heather Elvis case” Judges’ Comments: A complete deal. Information is informative, the videos well done and the additional information was very helpful. SECOND PLACE: The State, Chris Hessert and Chris Winston, “S.C. Memorial Wall” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike McMillan, “Motor Mouth” TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Daniel Island News, Jan Marvin Judges’ Comments: Eye-catching design. Great use of art, color and fonts. SECOND PLACE:Charleston City Paper, Scott Suchy THIRDPLACE:The Fort Jackson Leader, Wallace McBride JUDSON CHAPMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: THE POST AND COURIER “Till Death Do Us Part” A well-written and deeply researched entry on domestic violence. The entry resulted in South Carolina taking the first steps toward reducing the state’s exceptionally high rate of violence against women. SECOND PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, “Sexual assault victim says Horry County police never appointed an advocate” THIRD PLACE: Daniel Island News, Elizabeth Bush, “Honoring the past: DI Cemetery Project seeks to restore and preserve” HONORABLE MENTION: The Colletonian, Christie Slocum, “Avoid a deadly decision: Don’t leave the helpless in locked cars” FIRST PLACE ONLY: MAAYAN SCHECHTER AIKEN STANDARD “Delinquent tax notices” Routine tax listing showed councilman owed back taxes. Great use of public notice as a news source. PUBLIC NOTICE JOURNALISM AWARD
  5. 5. 5 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners ALL DAILY division 2014ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff Judges’ Comments: Sweeping, comprehensive coverage was impressive. A wide-ranging effort on election reporting. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael Smith, “Public access threatened” Judges’ Comments: Excellent explanation of FOI challenges from a citizen’s point of view. This editorial makes citizens care, shows why FOI matters to them. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Elsa McDowell, “MUSC board is not a club” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Beth Padgett, “Ruling further undermines FOIA” REVIEW PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Hanna Raskin, “Choose your own adventure at the Granary; Edmund’s Oast is having some serious fun in the playground of history; Hibachi Grill is the area’s best Vietnamese restaurant disguised as a fast- service Japanese joint” Judges’ Comments: Enjoyable reads. Reviews are in-depth, honest and helpful to readers, but also really well written. Writer’s tone and style make this body of work stand out. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Bo Petersen, “The Boom’ tells you; Days of Fire; U.S. fight against Red Cloud” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Adam Parker, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century; CSO, led by Ken Lam, makes ‘Firebird’ sparkle; When snow stretched time” HEALTH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Liv Osby Judges’ Comments: Excellent writing brings important medical issues to the public in an understandable format. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Dustin Wyatt FAITH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes Judges’ Comments: Good, well-organized, well- written stories about matters of religion that affect everyone. Good job. SECOND PLACE: The State, Carolyn Click THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Laura Oberle SPORTS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andrew Miller Judges’ Comments: Outstanding enterprise reporting on former College of Charleston coach Wojcik. Obviously cultivated a lot of good sources. Tight writing. Strong human interest. Excellent use of quotes. SECONDPLACE:The Post and Courier, Tommy Braswell THIRD PLACE - TIE: Herald-Journal, Matt Connolly THIRDPLACE-TIE:The Post and Courier, Aaron Brenner NEWS HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Beth Harrison, “Still miss that bridge? You’ll be over it soon; These artists thrive on pins and needles; POWERLESS” Judges’ Comments: Great use of powerful phrases that are catchy, strong and intriguing. It’s done with the reader in mind. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Sandra Ross, “Peanut batter; Food flight; Show & tail” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Don Kausler Jr., “Power struggle; Missions accomplished; City council shoots, scores” FEATURE HEADLINE WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Beth Harrison, “Leaky boat a symbol for sinking way of life; Concrete proof of lasting love; Folly surfers gear up for a really swell time” Judges’ Comments: Very clever play on words. Headlines draw readers into the stories. Great work! SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike McMillan, “Motor Mouth: Three men get the bug for a Bus; Anderson man finds joy in the Fury; This ‘Vette is not what you expect” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “Bean there, done that; Have a BERRY nice Mother’s Day; Call of the wild: Woodworker finds beauty in talking turkey” FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST NEWS PHOTO: Paul Zoeller, ThePostandCourier FIRST PLACE PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT, DAILY 18,000-45,000: Nathan Gray, IndependentMail
  6. 6. 6 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners SPORTS HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter, “Aggie-ny in the opener; Rainy night for Georgia; Clemson leaves Wake behind” Judges’ Comments: Consistently clever and relevant. Rises to the top in a very tough category. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Scott Chancey, “Captain America thwarts Spiderman; OMA- HUH?; Orange you stunned by Duke?” THIRD PLACE:Herald-Journal, Nick Foster, “Gurley gashes Tigers; Peak reaching apex; Rory’s four real” NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE:The State, Staff, “General election 2014” Judges’ Comments: Lively coverage for political junkies of all stripes! SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “25 years after Hugo” THIRDPLACE:Morning News, Staff, “Moving Forward” SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff, “Saturdays in South Carolina” Judges’ Comments: A special section on steroids. Amazing amount of work totally surrounding football Saturdays in South Carolina by blending sports items into other sections. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Sports and Design desks, “Gridiron 2014” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Revved and Reloaded ‘14” LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRSTPLACE:Herald-Journal,Staff,“MarchingMadness” Judges’ Comments: Interesting concept. Impressive variety of photos and well-written features. This niche section surely won the hearts of band members and their families, as well as the local schools and community. Well done. Clever title, too! SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff, “Go Columbia Insider’s Guide 2014” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Vicki Grooms, “A day in the life: Murrells Inlet, ‘Slice of heaven’” FEATURE MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Spartanburg Magazine: Fall 2014” Judges’ Comments: Packed with exceptional local features on a variety of topics. There’s something for everyone. Eye-catching, clean design with great photography. First place in a very competitive class of entries. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “My Charleston” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Spartanburg Magazine: Summer 2014” HUMOR COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Pam Stone, “Shortbreaders Anonymous; Something ain’t right in Anderson; Hot flashes have never felt so good” Judges’ Comments: Funny. Deliciously irreverent. Humor for true. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Chris Trainor, “How much for Bill Clinton’s cufflinks?; Pennies are not candy; The bread and milk conspiracy” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, David Lauderdale, “Fastlane; Fitbit; Typewriters” FOODWRITING FIRST PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis, “Say, cheese” Judges’ Comments: Great profile on small, local cheese producer. The writer makes me wish my local paper had someone like her on the food and dining beat. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Lillia Callum- Penso, “Millennials reshaping food scene” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Hanna Raskin, “Grappling with restaurant preservation” HONORABLE MENTION: The State, Susan Ardis, “The secret history of chocolate” ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING FIRST PLACE: The State, Joey Holleman, “James Brown: His music, his mansion” Judges’ Comments: Well-written, fascinating look into the real life and foibles of a music idol. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Dan Armonaitis, “Bill Maher coming to SC” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Charmaine Smith- Miles, “Play it again, professor” PHOTO ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Samantha Ferguson” Judges’ Comments: Very well thought-out and executed. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Fish and sides at a ‘Trashfish’ dinner” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Iced coffee” INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier; Laura J. Gaton, Chad Dunbar, Gill Guerry and Chris Hanclosky; “Hurricane Hugo” Judges’ Comments: Impressive entry. Print and web components are very strong as stand-alone entries, but complement each other well in this contest. Video interviews and ‘Then and Now’ gallery added much to stories. Team did a good job in planning and and executing this package. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier; J. Emory Parker, Laura J. Gaton, Maureen Hartshorn and Chris Hanclosky; “Till Death Do Us Part” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier; J. Emory Parker, Laura J. Gaton, Maureen Hartshorn and Gill Guerry; “Election Day 2014” USE OFTWITTER FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andy Paras, @AndyParas Judges’ Comments: Good mix of lighthearted and serious tweets. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, @postandcourier THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, @ADouglasHerald FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS PHOTO, DAILY UNDER 18,000:Theophil Syslo, TheBeaufortGazette HONORABLE MENTION HUMOROUS PHOTO, DAILY OVER 45,000: Paul Zoeller, ThePostandCourier
  7. 7. 7 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners ALL WEEKLY division 2014ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE FIRST PLACE ONLY: The Lancaster News, Staff Judges’ Comments: Excellent job of covering issues and candidates. Explained things well for readers. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES FIRST PLACE: The Manning Times, Joe Perry, “Autopsy ruling will keep public in dark” Judges’ Comments: Excellent explaination of a key legal decision. SECOND PLACE:The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, James Denton, “Redaction Jackson” THIRD PLACE: Union County News, Graham Williams, “Why so much secrecy for school board meetings?” REVIEW PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Jordan Lawrence, “Live Review: Jack White; Live Review: Music Farm Columbia’s Opening Night; Various Artists, SceneSC Sampler Vol. 5” Judges’ Comments: These colorful, informative reviews are great reads that almost take the reader to the scene. Great job. SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal, Vincent Harris, “Not your daddy’s bluegrass; Last call; Linda Rodney, a.k.a. Chocolate Thunder, 1956-2014” THIRD PLACE: The Greer Citizen, William Buchheit, “Drive-By Truckers Album Review; ‘Gone Girl’ Movie Review; Weezer Concert Review” HEALTH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, April A. Morris Judges’ Comments: Great writing and loved the topics. Good research. A very good job. SECOND PLACE: Daniel Island News, Elizabeth Bush THIRD PLACE: Chronicle-Independent, Martin L. Cahn HONORABLE MENTION: The News & Reporter, Nancy Parsons FAITH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Tina Graham Anderson Judges’ Comments: Diverse, interesting selection of work. Ledes do an excellent job of drawing readers into stories. Very clever profiles. SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Paul Bowers THIRD PLACE: Fort Mill Times, John Marks SPORTS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins Judges’ Comments: Generally does a good job of introducing us to the players and not talking past them and only to the coaches. As a result, the stories are varied and very readable, giving readers good insight into the area’s sports culture. SECOND PLACE: The Press & Standard, Drew Tripp THIRDPLACE:The Summerville Journal Scene, Roger Lee NEWS HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Berkeley Independent, Lindsay Street, “My Dead Cat for County Council; Sick of the stink; Haunted warehouse” Judges’ Comments: Headlines do what they’re supposed to do: draw you into stories without tipping your hand to show what it’s about. SECOND PLACE:Lake Wylie Pilot, Catherine Muccigrosso, “Leaders hope vote goes swimmingly; Fields a growing issue for Clover; Former journalist from Lake Wylie finds freedom in fiction” THIRD PLACE:The Gazette, Frank Johnson, “It’s rocket science; It was a very good year; ‘Love, love, love’” FEATURE HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE:The Moultrie News, Sully Witte, “We’ll be seeing you: Lee’s Vision closes shop after 44 years; Dropping in for lunch; Hammering out their lessons: Laing students design/build greenhouses” Judges’ Comments: Headlines were clever and creative without being misunderstood. I found it easy to understand what the story was about before reading the story. Other entries were also clever and creative, but lacked the third quality. SECOND PLACE: The Island News, Pamela Brownstein, “Beaufort Beauties was certainly not a drag; Book Smarts & Good Hearts: The Sidwells are a winning combination; ‘Ketchup’ with the inaugural Beaufort Tomato Festival” THIRD PLACE: The News & Reporter, Nancy Parsons, “Not quite the $6 million dollar man; A firm (and bionic) handshake; A ‘love’ that almost killed” SPORTS HEADLINEWRITING FIRSTPLACE:The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, “The other Cheek; The defense rests; A born Lee-der” Judges’ Comments: Headlines are catchy and tell the story. SECOND PLACE: The Horry Independent, Robert Anderson, “Carolina hopes to win by a ‘hare’; Lady netters bully Bulldogs; Carolina baseballers ‘gore’ Tennessee Vols” THIRD PLACE: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, James Denton, “5-0 and looking for mo’; Friday night frights: Griffins survive late Bulldog rally; Red-Hot Blue Streak” NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Staff, “Upstate Business Journal” Judges’ Comments: This issue of UBJ is clean in its design, with a creative use of graphics and a very strong collection of original news content. All three characteristics set the publication apart from other submissions. SECOND PLACE:The Clinton Chronicle, Larry Franklin and Vic MacDonald, “Veterans Salute 2014” THIRD PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff, “1964-2014: FIFTY, Celebrating half a century of covering news east of the Cooper River” SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE: Union County News, Brian Whitmore, “Hit List” Judges’ Comments: Cute concept. Makes you want to look at the B-Side. SECOND PLACE: The Horry Independent, Staff, “Gridion Men, 2014 Football Preview” THIRD PLACE: The Press & Standard, Drew Tripp, “Guns & Game: Snake Season” FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS PHOTO,WEEKLY OVER 4,500: Brantley Strickland, ThePress&Standard
  8. 8. 8 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Staff, “Beaches” Judges’ Comments: Packed full of beautiful art and a variety of well-written features on the area’s history, culture and amenities. SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, Staff, “Flowertown Festival 2014” THIRD PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, Staff, “Men to Watch 2014” FEATURE MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Staff, “TOWN Magazine” Judges’ Comments: A standout among several very good entries. Stunning photos, art and design paired with interesting, tightly-written copy. Beautifully done. SECOND PLACE: The Press & Standard, Staff, “Colleton Magazine 2014” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Manning Times, Staff, “Clarendon” THIRD PLACE - TIE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison, “Focus on Fort Mill Township” HONORABLE MENTION: The Press & Standard, Staff, “Collette Magazine, Winter 2013” PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, John Marks and Michael Harrison, “Coverage of sewage spills raised public awareness that helped spur the city’s takeover of a much maligned utility” Judges’ Comments: Excellent work. Obviously the paper spent considerable time on this story. Very informative reporting about a very important topic. SECOND PLACE: Daniel Island News, Elizabeth Bush, “The Joy Project” THIRD PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Charles D. Perry and Tom O’Dare, “These dogs deserve a second chance” FOODWRITING FIRST PLACE: The News & Reporter, Brian Garner, “Don’t Fear the (Carolina) Reaper” Judges’ Comments: Now this is A HOT article... and HOT interesting! SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal, Sherry Jackson, “Andiamo a manginare – Susie and Ed’s Italian Kitchen” THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News, Erin Kirby, “Best burgers in the South: Sambo’s 903 Drive-In celebrates 45 years with regional honor” SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Mac Banks, “Return shot” Judges’ Comments: Compelling story. SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, Roger Lee, “AR forfeiting baseball games” THIRD PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, “ABA suspends local pro basketball team” FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Lancaster News, Athena Redmond Judges’ Comments: LOVE the designs. It makes me want to be more creative for my newspapers! SECOND PLACE: The Fort Jackson Leader, Wallace McBride THIRD PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Scott Suchy HONORABLE MENTION: News and Press, Duane Childers ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, Ashley Ghere, “Takiya Rocks the Runway” Judges’ Comments: What amazing talent! SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal, Cindy Landrum, “Freedom writers – Journal article spurs creative writing program at Sperry” THIRD PLACE: Daniel Island News, Jennifer Johnston, “This dance floor is for everyone” INSIDE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Georgetown Times, Krena Lanham Judges’ Comments: Beautiful photos, creative layout and the turtle leaving prints in the sand pushed this entry above the others. Nice work. SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times, Krena Lanham THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News, Laura Caskey PICTORIAL FIRST PLACE: The Fort Jackson Leader, Wallace McBride, “Emerging from smoke” Judges’ Comments: The effect of the smoke is beautiful. SECOND PLACE: The Greer Citizen, William Buchheit, “Great white shark breaches near Seal Island, South Africa” THIRD PLACE: Coastal Observer, Tanya Ackerman, “Sea oats stand out against the amber evening sky” PHOTO ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Tanya Ackerman, “Coffee” Judges’ Comments: Clear message and well executed. SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Scott Suchy, “House Speaker Harrell’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week” THIRDPLACE:TheColletonian,JorgeRuiz,“GhostStories” NEWSPAPERWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff, MoultrieNews.com Judges’ Comments: First place selection in a very competitive class of worthy sites. This entry stood out because staff posted content to the site several times each day, despite being a weekly. Heavy focus on hyperlocal news pairs well with community features like school lunch menus and upcoming events. SECOND PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison, fortmilltimes.com THIRD PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Staff, myhorrynews.com FIRST PLACE FEATURE PHOTO,WEEKLY UNDER 4,500: Rob Cottingham, LexingtonCountyChronicle&TheDispatchNews
  9. 9. 9 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners ALL WEEKLY & DAILY UNDER 18,000 divisions combined GENERAL NEWS/ FEATUREVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Moultrie News, Sully Witte and Brett Martin, “Awendaw Blue Crab Festival” Judges’ Comments: Well shot and edited with excellent audio quality. Wonderful personalities captured and details of festival given in a succinct manner. I want to go! SECOND PLACE: The Moultrie News, Sully Witte and Brett Martin, “Meanwhile, back on the farm” THIRD PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene; Leslie Cantu, Monica Kreber and Jim Tatum; “Remembering Hugo” USE OF FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison Judges’ Comments: It’s clear that Facebook is your swiss army knife. Informative and entertaining posts that clearly engage readers. Diverse content from free local food and traffic updates to breaking crime news. It did not escape me that you personally responded to every post from readers on your page. This can be challenging to work into the daily grind of putting out the paper, but I’m sure it means a lot to the residents in your community that they can get a real-time response to a question from the news experts. SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Staff THIRD PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff USE OFTWITTER FIRST PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff, @MoultrieNews Judges’ Comments: Very active on Twitter. Nice interaction with readers. SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Eva Moore, @yesevamoore THIRD PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison, @fortmilltimes SPORTSVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Delayna Earley, “Battery Creek student gains social skills after joining baseball team” Judges’ Comments: Inspiring story, great interviews. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Double Dutch World Championship” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh and Sammy Way, “Pride of Sumter: Riley Park” ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY FIRST PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Jessica Nelms, “Oak Creek Road Wreck” Judges’ Comments: Powerful images in a well- edited gallery. SECOND PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Jessica Nelms, “Clemson Student Death” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Martha Rose Brown, “Rain doesn’t dampen spirit of Frog Jump” FIRST PLACE SPORTS ACTION PHOTO,WEEKLY UNDER 4,500: Pete Cochran, UnionCountyNews SECOND PLACE SPOT NEWS PHOTO,WEEKLY OVER 4,500:William Buchheit, TheGreerCitizen SECOND PLACE PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT, DAILY 18,000-45,000: Ken Ruinard, IndependentMail
  10. 10. 10 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners UNDER 18,000 daily division E.A.RAMSAUR MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter, “Haley needs plan with a carrot as well as a stick; S.C. State aid is vital, must come with oversight; Endorsements: No now more than ever” Judges’ Comments: Not just editorials, but editorials with solutions. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Michael Ulmer, “Shelving MOX plan wrong path forward; Hitchcock Parkway decision is abrupt and ill- considered; The good, bad and ugly of legislature’s final day” THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Jeff Kidd, “In city of Beaufort, a tree isn’t just a tree; Bullying task force needs realistic focus; New Bluffton high school deserves its own identity” HONORABLE MENTION: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting, “It is past time to talk about it; Domestic violence: Tackle it head-on; Ravenel should drop political run off bridge” GOVERNMENTBEATREPORTING FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Maayan Schechter Judges’ Comments: Good reporting on issues of importance to all the citizens of Aiken. SECOND PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Steven Bradley THIRDPLACE:The Union Daily Times, Charles Warner SPOT NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Bruce, “Judge denies bond for 4 suspects” Judges’ Comments: The details of what precipitated the two killings and the people involved provided a captivating storyline as to the alleged motives behind each of the killings. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Staff, “Winter Storm Pax coverage” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Matt Bruce, “Double murder plea: guilty” HONORABLEMENTION:Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Measuring ground movements: Savannah River Site monitors activity; Quake shakes Aiken County” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker,‘ It exploded in the air’ Judges’ Comments: Reporter uses vivid images to bring home the horrific nature of this tragedy. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Martha Rose Brown, “How Miss America made me famous on CNN” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Horse deaths ‘horrifying’: Roaming dogs raise concerns over animal laws, enforcement after equine onslaught” REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Teddy Kulmala and Maayan Schechter, “Youth crime reports concealed: City potentially breaking Freedom of Information law; City reverses decision on juvenile documents: Questions of previous releases of incident reports still unanswered” Judges’ Comments: Good use of exposing the laws for responsible journalism. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, St. Claire Donaghy, “Health clubs not necessarily inaccessible for disabled; Honorary swim team member Romaine motivates others; Burton Center encourages fitness for disabled” THIRD PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Steven Bradley, ‘Political payback’ HONORABLE MENTION: The Beaufort Gazette, Sarah Bowman, “Teachers’ return from West Africa raises Ebola concerns” SERIES OF ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Sarah Bowman, “Assessment overload: The hidden costs of standardized testing” Judges’ Comments: Comprehensive series that explains issues well. Installments clearly explain the hidden costs of standardized testing. Interactive features add a lot to coverage. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Dionne Gleaton and Gene Zaleski, “Affordable Care Act series” THIRD PLACE - TIE: Aiken Standard, Teddy Kulmala, “Planning for the end” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Sumter Item, Matt Bruce, “Domestic Violence” BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Savannah River Site” Judges’ Comments: What I appreciate most about this series is that they are not the type of stories that just fall in your lap. Well done. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Teddy Kulmala, “Crime and Courts” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Maayan Schechter, “Woodside” NEWS FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Erin Moody, “‘Shark Teeth Fairy’ shares treasures at Sands Beach” Judges’ Comments: Strong lede. Interesting topic written in a lighthearted manner matching the topic. Well-crafted, giving information while entertaining. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Matt Bruce, “Feeding thy sheep” THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Sarah Bowman, “USCB commemorates 50th anniversary of desegregation” HONORABLE MENTION: The Seneca Journal, Caitlin Herrington, “One in a million” LIFESTYLE FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Stephanie Turner, “Recreating history: Author translates Italian diaries in new WWII book” Judges’ Comments: Amazing story. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Stephanie Turner, “Biblical films open discussion” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Matt Bruce, “Emerald Baptist street ministry” HONORABLE MENTION: The Seneca Journal, Caitlin Herrington, “Working K-9 to five” PROFILE FEATUREWRITING OR STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Ivy Moore, “Cobbler keeps customers on their feet” Judges’ Comments: Not a sexy job, but this writer tells the cobbler’s story in a way that makes you feel like you are there. Great job. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Cancer patient sets goal to live to see New Year” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Matt Bruce, “Always Willie” SHORT STORY FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Scott Chancey, “The Stache Brothers” Judges’ Comments: Nice way to report a ball game. Enjoyed the ‘stache’ brothers angle. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, “Man says restaurant harassing him about food he didn’t order” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, “‘Pot-bellied’ man flashes female driver” FIRST PLACE PHOTO, ASSOCIATE/INDIVIDUAL DIVISION: RyanWilcox, CharlestonRegionalBusinessJournal
  11. 11. 11 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Graham Osteen, “D-Day heroism etched into human history; Want positive change? Get in the game; A look back at Hurricane Hugo: Day 1” Judges’ Comments: Easy reads on all three columns. Coast folks can relate to hurricane recollections. D-Day is interesting and informative. Call to First Amendment is always a good rallying point. All the columns are personal and touch a reader without getting smarmy. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting, “Oh, say can you; A chance call; If a tree falls” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Hubert Osteen, “S.C. Supreme Court declares war on 1st Amendment; At the movies, now and then; TV doesn’t get much trashier than ‘Party Down South’” SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Stephen Fastenau, “The Masters: Bubba Watson wins second green jacket in three years” Judges’ Comments: Good color putting us on the course. Good golf details and a good flow to the story from beginning to end. SECOND PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Stephen Fastenau, “C.A. Johnson beats Whale Branch boys in OT for 1A state title” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Dennis Brunson, “State Baseball Championship Coverage: Cool under pressure” SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “Price of being great” Judges’ Comments: I actually learned something about baseball! SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Ethan Joyce, “Purple Pride” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Scott Chancey, “Making her name” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “A special kind of gold” SPORTS COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “Addressing the Christ Church conundrum; Dixie will rise again; High school football playoffs” Judges’ Comments: Journeyman writing gives readers insight and perspective on local sports issues. SECOND PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Steven Bradley, “Don’t tune out the World Cup just yet; The aftermath of ‘no cheering in the press box’; Clemson should have QB controversy” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Scott Chancey, “College of Charleston men’s basketball players deserve better; Mother’s Day means more to Rankin; Pink has taken new powerful meaning in sports world” PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter Judges’ Comments: Great layout. Good use of white space. Nice use of dominate photo/graphics. Clean overall layout. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Holly Ellington THIRD PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Zack Mauldin HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard, Gabi Markovich SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Sandra Ross Judges’ Comments: Beautiful. Very inviting to reader. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Kyle Semones THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jessica Stephens HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard, Holly Ellington FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter Judges’ Comments: Artful but restrained: use of display type, photo silhouettes, textures and color combine to create a feature page celebration of local personalities. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Holly Ellington THIRDPLACE:The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE:The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker Judges’ Comments: Very unique. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds HONORABLE MENTION: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds SPORTS PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Lee Harter Judges’ Comments: Designer uses clear headlines and dominant art including cut-outs and photos with interesting angles: to draw readers into page. Good use of fonts and color. Infographics and sidebars are well-designed. SECOND PLACE:The Beaufort Gazette, Mike McCombs THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Devin Long SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Eric Russell Judges’ Comments: Colorful and creative take on ranking local athletes. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Eric Russell THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “South Boundary in the snow” Judges’ Comments: Good community shot with a great perspective. Artistic content of man/nature. SECOND PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Jessica Nelms, “Firefighter gives oxygen to rescued kitten” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Richard Walker, “Out of control” HONORABLE MENTION: The Times and Democrat, Larry Hardy, “Collision at Broughton Street and U.S. Highway 301” GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRSTPLACE:TheBeaufortGazette,TheophilSyslo, “RetirementceremonyattheMarineCorpsAirStation” Judges’ Comments: Good subject matter. Crisp, clean shot. Meaningful photo. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Rob Novit, “Tree removal” THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Delayna Earley, “The Great Southeast Shakeout” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Shakez Bracey’s funeral” FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST FEATURE PHOTO: Delayna Earley, TheIslandPacket
  12. 12. 12 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Seneca Journal, Jessica Nelms, “Shop with a Hero” Judges’ Comments: Wonderful, compassionate shot. Good, clean photojournalism with meaning. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Boy Scout decorates veteran’s tomb stones on Memorial Day weekend” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Greenwood County Fair” HONORABLE MENTION:The Seneca Journal, Jessica Nelms, “Northside Elementary School water party” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Theophil Syslo, “Dixie Boys District 8 baseball tournament” Judges’ Comments: Great action stoppage. Crisp, clean shot. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Justin Driggers, “SCISA 3A state track and field meet” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “Rhett Bane loses his helmet after a hard hit” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “South Carolina’s Gerald Dixon blocks a third down pass” SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “Rasool Clemons hugs teammate” Judges’ Comments: Great shot that captures the emotion of the moment. Well done. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Michael Christopher, “Sumter High baseball team getting pumped up” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Larry Hardy, “Class 3-A playoff game” HONORABLE MENTION: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Greenwood junior Courtney Hoffman reacts along with her teammates to their win” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Paula Scott shows off a pink rose tattoo that symbolizes her breast cancer” Judges’ Comments: Simple image stops the reader. Good composition. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Amy Banton, “Leslie Fender” THIRDPLACE:Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Tonya Guy” HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Andrew Siders” HUMOROUS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Bill Bengtson, “Helping deal with a visitor’s automotive trouble” Judges’ Comments: Great subject. SECOND PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Theophil Syslo, “Beaufort Water Festival” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Baby alpacas protected from the cold by children’s sweaters” HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard, Teddy Kulmala, “Cattyshack Cat Club Championship and Household Pet Cat Show” NEWSPAPERWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, TheTandD.com Judges’ Comments: Paper’s staff works hard to post breaking news 24/7. Site is the go-to place for news in this community. It has something for everyone and content is well organized. Nice multimedia packages. SECOND PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Kelly Davis, BeaufortGazette.com THIRD PLACE:Index-Journal, Staff, indexjournal.com GENERAL NEWS/ FEATUREVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Theophil Syslo, “Longtime Beaufortonian goes skydiving for her 84th birthday” Judges’ Comments: A wonderful story to capture. I loved seeing each step of the process from how she heard about the opportunity, getting ready, the incredible footage of her in the air, to people’s reactions as she landed. Highly engaging. Each clip used had a purpose. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, James Grigsby, “Relay for Life” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Sumter’s Bat Mobile” HONORABLE MENTION:Aiken Standard, James Grigsby and Cindy Kubovic, “Ash Wednesday Service” USE OF FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Kelly Davis and Johnny Woodard Judges’ Comments: Page lives up to letter of explanation. Buzz worthy community news, interesting photos, great features... most of which drive traffic to your website. Staff does a good job of conversing with followers on page. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Staff FIRST PLACE HUMOROUS PHOTO,WEEKLY OVER 4,500 & 2-3TIMES WEEKLY DIVISIONS COMBINEO: Roger Lee, TheSummervilleJournalScene FIRST PLACE PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY, 2-3TIMES WEEKLY: Nancy Parsons, TheNews&Reporter SPECIAL THANKSSPECIAL THANKS from SCPA and its members tofrom SCPA and its members to FLORIDA SUNFLORIDA SUN PRINTINGPRINTING for printing this publication!for printing this publication!
  13. 13. 13 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners UNDER 18,000 & 18,000-45,000 daily divisions combined EDUCATION BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Kate Hruby Judges’ Comments: Aggressive reporting combined with good clear writing make these stories the clear winner, with special commendation for the coverage of the John de la Howe debacle. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Sarah Freishtat THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Sarah Bowman BUSINESS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Dan Burley Judges’ Comments: This reporter does what good business writers do, go beyond the easy feature to delve into the issues that affect both business and citizens. The work on the environmental mitigation issues of the shopping center is especially strong in its reporting work, balancing business against the environmental concerns of an obviously ‘green’ community. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jason Spencer THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “South Carolina State in crisis” Judges’ Comments: This group of stories is exactly why newspapers will never die. No other media could give you this much insight into the problems faced by this state university. Well done. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Sarah Bowman, Rebecca Lurye and staff, “Newspaper discovers flaws in schools’ volunteer screenings” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Staff, “Election guide” SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Bret McCormick, “Undocumented accomplishments” Judges’ Comments: This story explores the performances of young athletes that are unrecognized because the coaches have failed to submit records. This investigative piece goes a long way to motivate coaches to set the record straight. Well reported with lively writing. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Alan Blondin, “Myrtle Beach area reaches back for the glory days of junior golf” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Scott Adamson, “Noonan: It’s time for major changes” INSIDE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Kellie Benn Judges’ Comments: Strong piece of art has stopping power. It anchors the page and draws reader into the story. The rest of the layout provides visual contrast and an easy-to-follow hierarchy. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Alena Schwarz PHOTO PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “Winter in pictures” Judges’ Comments: The visual “furniture” is all nicely arranged to make a lively photo page – a clear center of visual interest, contrast of shape and size, closeups, establishing shots, with enough white space to let it all breathe, ahhh. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Amanda Criswell, “Slice of heaven” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jessica Stephens, “Fair fare” PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Missing” Judges’ Comments: Outstanding storytelling with a wide variety of pictures. Excellent composition captures high emotions in the case. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Bikefest” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Hugo Then and Now” PICTORIAL FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Party in the Patch” Judges’ Comments: Unique angle and the pattern of the pumpkins make this shot a winner. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tom Priddy, “Cardinal perches on a fence post as snow flurries swirl around her” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael Justus, “A tree is framed by the remains of an old mill building” SPOT NEWS VIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Delayna Earley, “Christmas tree fire burns down Marine’s home” Judges’ Comments: Engaging subject matter, emotional interview and excellent videography and editing makes this the clear winner. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, “Police arrest a suspect after Herald reader recognized his photo from the newspaper” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Matt Walsh, “Sumter man commits suicide during robbery attempt” SECOND PLACE SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO, DAILY 18,000-45,000: Nathan Gray, IndependentMail thiswinnerstabloidonlineatthiswinnerstabloidonlineat (___________)(___________)ReAd&shArEReAd&shArE (___________)(___________)SCpReSsSCpReSs.oRgoRg.
  14. 14. 14 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners 18,000-45,000 daily division E.A.RAMSAUR MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael Smith, “Much ado about nothing; Public access threatened; Honesty needed” Judges’ Comments: The writer exhibits a style that commands continued reading. The points are well argued without ever getting bogged down, the recommendations specific and the topics of importance to the people of South Carolina. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Matt Tate, “SC’s treatment of mentally ill prisoners must be repaired now; Mammoth bad idea stalls a girl’s good suggestion; Peterson case shows a switch in how we feel about belts” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, James Werrell, “Give some thought to gun safety; Students encounter gay lifestyle all the time; AP courses should teach critical thinking” GOVERNMENT BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Lynne P. Shackleford Judges’ Comments: Good reporting that shows initiative and digging. The writing is generally clear and easy to follow, making it easy for readers to understand the importance of the stories. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Felicia Kitzmiller HONORABLE MENTION:The Herald, Bristow Marchant SPOT NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, “Winthrop board suspends president, gives notice of firing” Judges’ Comments: Douglas does a nice job on late notice in providing context with a story that surely rocked Rock Hill. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Rachel Southmayd, “Police dash camera captures ‘a bad day in Chester’” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Daniel J. Gross, “Spartanburg man killed in drive-by shooting” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Jason M. Rodriguez, “Analysis of Coast RTA travel receipts show ribeye, salmon and lobster for some executives during trips” Judges’ Comments: A really informative piece that highlights the lengths to which reporters must go to fully capture the details of a story. Based on information gathered through a FOIA request, the story had a solid foundation and connected numerous moving parts within the article. The article could lead to change in governmental policy on a local scale and that truly is the purpose of community journalism. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Ellen Meder, “The real facts about arrests in schools” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Sarah Freishtat, “District: As neighborhood poverty rises, students leave local elementary school” REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, “Emails suggest violation by Williamson” Judges’ Comments: Fascinating, attention-grabbing coverage. Very well written. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Rebecca Lurye and Matt McNab, “Mishandled evidence delays trial of men accused of murdering 8-year-old” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Grandparents of slain child spent months in custody battle; Child’s killing: A wound that never heals; Rock Hill man denied bond on family murder charges; Prosecutor alone could seek death penalty; Mia’s last words: ‘Paw paw, when am I going to stop hurting?’” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Fitz McAden and Dan Burley, “The messy divorce and shaky finances of Rep. Andy Patrick” SERIES OF ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The Sun News - Weekly Surge, Derrick Bracey, “Weekly Surge Warrior Challenge” Judges’ Comments: The reporter takes us inside the challenge so we can feel what the participants feel. I was almost sweating invading Japan. Nice job. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Daniel J. Gross, “Gross on Patrol” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Lindsay Buchanan and John McElwee, “Biggest Loser” BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Rebecca Lurye, “Public Safety” Judges’ Comments: Consistent writing. Attention to detail. Good storytelling. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden, “Public Safety” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Amanda Kelley, “Public Safety” NEWS FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Pain remains 10 years after York County mass killing” Judges’ Comments: Powerful storytelling on important issue. Lede grabs readers. This entry was a standout among 60 other very well-written news features. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Jonathan McFadden, “Police use of force leaves battle scars” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Maya T. Prabhu, “Conway family continues to heal a year after toddler’s accidental shooting death” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “A day after losing her father to cancer, Conway girl sees his final wish fulfilled” HONORABLE MENTION: The Herald, Don Worthington, ‘WE CAN DO MORE’ LIFESTYLE FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE:The Island Packet, Amy Coyne Bredeson, “Bluffton family, friends, strangers pay it forward in memory of baby who died from SIDS” Judges’ Comments: Such a compelling, moving story. A pleasure to read. Beautifully written. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Charmaine Smith-Miles, “Parents face tough choice, choose life for their son” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Sarah Freishtat, “High school athlete and Special Olympics athlete: ‘They’ve crossed every boundary’” HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Jenny Arnold, “Shaping a life together” FIRST PLACE FEATURE PHOTO, DAILY UNDER 18,000: Jessica Nelms, TheSenecaJournal
  15. 15. 15 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners PROFILE FEATUREWRITING OR STORY FIRSTPLACE:The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Amanda ‘touched the hearts of many’ before her tragic death” Judges’ Comments: This shocking story is well written and well organized. A clear winner. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Vicki Grooms, “Mickey Spillane” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, ‘I WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE’ SHORT STORY FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Rachel Southmayd, “Teens post Speedo-wearing adventure on social media” Judges’ Comments: In a delightful retelling of a small-time crime, Southmayd shows flashes of understated humor. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, John Russell, “Where the locals go” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Muscadine grapes a local delight” COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Pam Stone, “Learning to notice life’s little ecstasies; Letting go of those we love is never easy; Finding comfort in sacred moments, sympathy of friends” Judges’ Comments: Loved these columns! SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Issac J. Bailey, “A Different Perspective: Sometimes cops get it wrong, or even lie; President Obama: Start with poor whites to mend racial wounds post Ferguson; Health care cost spiral can’t be cured by individuals” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington, “3-D printers make history with bite-size Mustang; Humility breeds success for restaurant manager; FLYING FOR THE FUN OF IT” HONORABLE MENTION: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Mia’s last words: ‘Paw paw when am I going to stop hurting?’; A joyful birthday party for all; Tire plant means two things: Jobs and hope” SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Scott Adamson, “Clemson overpowers Duke, 72-59” Judges’ Comments: Great lede and good detail, use of quotes adds to game story. This was a tough category with many good entries. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young, “Mauling the Grizzlies: Chants weather cold to blast favored Montana” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Matt Connolly, “Stunning Spartans” SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Bret McCormick, “Mom dealt with grief at ballpark” Judges’ Comments: Very good story about a mother’s love for her dead son and the son’s love for baseball. Not your typical “volunteer-is-recognized” story. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young, “Owings inspiring on, off field: Health issues not enough to derail breakout season” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Rachel Southmayd, “YPA player is team’s ‘heart and soul’” SPORTS COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “Clemson great broke football’s color line; Teen cancer survivor gets honorary Winthrop gig; Far from roots, spotlight will shine brightest on Clowney” Judges’ Comments: Excellent voice in his writing makes it memorable and easy to read. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Matt Connolly, “Lattimore changed culture at USC; Spurrier has his ideal QB; It’s official – defensive staff changes needed at South Carolina” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Mike McCombs, “Kuchar’s shot forever woven into Heritage’s tartan fabric; Pete Van Wieren, who died Saturday, belongs in Baseball Hall of Fame; It’s best for all involved if Alina Hamilton-Clark resigns” PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Sandra Ross Judges’ Comments: The Bobby Harrell package is so eye-catching. Designer has fantastic eye for layout. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Karen Hatton THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Ashley Fahey HONORABLEMENTION:Herald-Journal, R. Keith Hatchell SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jeff Zehr, Dan Sullivan and Luke Connell Judges’ Comments: Clean simple layout with a superb photo that immediately grabs your attention. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Karen Hatton THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Rob Moore FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRSTPLACE:The Sun News, Amanda Criswell Judges’ Comments: Nice use of poster-type packages to create contrast and establish a center of visual interest. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Alena Schwarz THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Kylie Yerka SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, R. Keith Hatchell Judges’ Comments: Big hair, saturated color, tacky clothes and over the top typography – readers wouldn’t even need a cup of coffee after facing this page. SECONDPLACE:Independent Mail, Kylie Yerka Herbert THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Claire Byun SPORTS PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Robert Walton Judges’ Comments: Consistent use of strong dominant images and strong type play to creative active and energetic pages. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Stephen Guilfoyle THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Barry Haapala SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Stephen Guilfoyle Judges’ Comments: Creative photo editing and display type creates an energetic composition that seems to jump off the page. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Robert Walton THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Stephen Guilfoyle FIRST PLACE SPOT NEWS PHOTO, DAILY 18,000-45,000: Ken Ruinard, IndependentMail
  16. 16. DAILY OVER 45,000 FIRST PLACE - The Times and Democrat Judges’ comments: This newspaper is best in providing a sense of place, capturing its community with a huge commitment to local news, a diverse sports section and a lifestyle section that involves the next generation of readers. Design is modern and breezy. Easily best of the entries. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal Daily Over 45,000 – The Post and Courier Daily 18,000-45,000 – The Sun News Daily Under 18,000 – Index-Journal DAILY: GENERAL EXCELLENCE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE DAILY: 2-3 Times Weekly – The Lancaster News Over 4,500 – Greenville Journal Under 4,500 – Lexington County Chronicle Over 45, 000 – The Post and Courier 18,000-45,000 – Herald-Journal Under 18,000 – Aiken Standard WEEKLY: DAILY 18,000-45,000 DAILY UNDER 18,000 FIRST PLACE - The Sun News Judges’ comments: Quality of coverage was first rate, Design and photo coverage were exceptional. The Sun News deserved its first place ranking. SECOND PLACE: The Herald THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail FIRST PLACE - The Post and Courier Judges’ comments: When looking at the criteria for this award, it was like looking at the two recent Super Bowl teams... great balance of coverage in both entries and depth at the skill positions. But a very small margin of difference was given to The Post and Courier. Like the Super Bowl, no ties were allowed. FIRST PLACE - The Berkeley Independent Judges’ comments: Clearly the best. Great writing, good layout and good columns. Great job by the entire staff and shows good team work. SECOND PLACE: The People-Sentinel THIRD PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News FIRST PLACE - The Press & Standard Judges’ comments: Excellent tightly written news stories; strong human interest photography; clean, reader- friendly design; sprinkling of well-written feature stories to humanize the paper. SECOND PLACE: The Greer Citizen THIRD PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle FIRST PLACE -The Summerville Journal Scene Judges’ comments: Outstanding publication! Great photography and use of text/graphics throughout. Print quality is superb. Wonderful selection of local news and community photos. Love the canine heroes spread! SECOND PLACE: The Hartsville Messenger THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News 2-3 TIMES WEEKLY WEEKLY OVER 4,500 WEEKLY UNDER 4,500 17 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners16 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners
  17. 17. 18 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Roof caves in” Judges’ Comments: Goes beyond normal fire shot by showing firemen rushing in. Good composition. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Michael Justus, “Peetie rescued from fire” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Fire at Johnson Detail” GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Tucker Hipps vigil” Judges’ Comments: A different take on a moving vigil portrait. The lights from the phone make it stand out. There were a lot of good entries in this category that made it hard to pick, but this one stood out. SECOND PLACE:Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “Jeremy Lee Moody and his wife Christine smile at each other as they are sentenced to life in prison” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr., “Hejaz Shrine Circus” HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Hattie and the Fox” FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Island Packet, Delayna Earley, “Alex Greger does tricks on his fly board” Judges’ Comments: Great shot that captures the movement in the moment. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” THIRDPLACE:IndependentMail,NathanGray,“ColorRun” HONORABLE MENTION: The Herald, Jeff Sochko, “Boo Ha-Ha” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Quidditch World Cup” Judges’ Comments: Great timing, exposure and focus capture a great moment in Quidditch. Surely, this is the first Quidditch photo to ever win or place in the sports action contest. SECOND PLACE:The Island Packet, Jay Karr, “Lacrosse” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Darlington’s Chris Hooks throws to first base” HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Spikin’ the Ball” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Clemson’s Chris Okey tags South Carolina’s Grayson Greiner as he dives for home” SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Winning feeling” Judges’ Comments: Great timing captures emotional reaction by player and fans. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Push America’s Journey of Hope” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tom Priddy, “Pitcher John Minconeof the Savannah Sand Gnats totes the snacks to the bullpen in a pink ‘My Little Pony’ backpack” HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Michael Justus, “Sharon Dillon cheers with the team as they score a shot” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Nathan Gray, “Middy McClure, owner of EyeZinga” Judges’ Comments: Great composition. Tells a story. Subject is sharp as a tack. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Pink, her favorite color” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Aspiring Christian rapper Kerry Lee” HUMOROUS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Charles Slate, “Mallards and pintails search for food” Judges’ Comments: I hope this had a great headline to go with it because it’s a great photo. Love the moment! SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Hillbilly Game” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “South Florence High School graduation” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Christopher Glenn Alston gives Jim Clements a high-five with Tiger paw gloves during graduation” NEWSPAPERWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Staff, heraldonline.com Judges’ Comments: Excellent site with timely posts on local, state and national news. Interactive features are integrated into various parts of the site. Serves readers well. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, goupstate.com THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Staff, MyrtleBeachOnline.com GENERAL NEWS/ FEATUREVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Theophil Syslo, “The Test” Judges’ Comments: Superb production quality and interviews. It was nice to hear opinions of testing from a variety of vantage points. Well done. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Teachers, family, school help Pendleton teen find her place on the stage” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Adaptive Surf Project” SPORTSVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Theophil Syslo, “Sarah’s Journey” Judges’ Comments: Good camera angles. Unique take on sports. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Anderson man waits 31 years to see his dream of running competitively come true” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “The legendary Mr. Danny Cannon has been entertaining the crowds” ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “This is our oasis” Judges’ Comments: Photographer does an excellent job capturing the farmers’ personalities and life on the farm. Interesting narration pairs well with fitting images. Captivating black-and-white portraits. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Hurricane Hugo 25 years later” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “South Carolina v. Georgia” USE OF FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Staff Judges’ Comments: Newspaper does a good job of using Facebook page to post breaking news, share deal and event info, and connect with readers. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Staff THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Kim Brauss, Justin Johnson and Matt Robertson FIRST PLACE SPORTS ACTION PHOTO,WEEKLY OVER 4,500: Ross Burton, TheVoiceof BlythewoodandFairfieldCounty 18,000-45,000 (continued) FIRST PLACE PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT, DAILY UNDER 18,000: MattWalsh, TheSumterItem
  18. 18. 19 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners Over 45,000 daily division E.A.RAMSAURMEMORIAL AWARDFOREDITORIALWRITING FIRSTPLACE:The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe, “Don’t close court for Harrell’s request; S.C., U.S. need Lindsey Graham back in Senate; There she goes again” Judges’ Comments: Strong opinion, concise writing. Particularly like calling the governor to stick to the facts. SECONDPLACE:The Greenville News, Beth Padgett, “Find lasting solutions to homelessness; City should listen about elections; One win against animal cruelty” THIRDPLACE:The State, Warren Bolton, “Wilson should remove interim Chief Santiago; Appoint all-new county elections board; Benjamin should report trip” GOVERNMENTBEATREPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Jamie Self Judges’ Comments: Dogged reporting. Well done. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Tim Smith THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Slade EDUCATION BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Jamie Self Judges’ Comments: Shows a wide range of reporting, from insight into racial friction in a school board election to a successful teacher and a complicated financial and legal issue. SECOND PLACE: The State, Carolyn Click THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Cynthia Roldan SPOT NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Andrew Knapp and Glenn Smith, ‘Incomprehensible’ Judges’ Comments: Great writing, reporting, photos and layout. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Staff, “Flooding kills two, destroys businesses” THIRD PLACE: The State, Harrison Cahill and Tim Flach, “Motive for killings remains unclear” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes, “Federal judge strikes down state’s gay marriage ban, stays ruling until Nov. 20” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Andrew Knapp, “Culture of sex on cutter Gallatin” Judges’ Comments: Great use of sources to give an inside look at a culture many would never see otherwise. Great storytelling to boot! SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Lauren Sausser, “Rural Hospitals Face Emergency” THIRD PLACE: The State, Harrison Cahill, “Two deaths in Union: Still shocking” REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, David Slade, “Reclaiming the Neck; Addressing a century of pollution; Visions of progress; Gathering discontent” Judges’ Comments: Great concept, well- executed, and the kind of thing newspapers are meant for. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andrew Knapp, “‘Stop and frisk’ in the death of Denzel Curnell” THIRD PLACE: The State, Jamie Self, “DSS” SERIES OF ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, “Gold Standards” Judges’ Comments: Fretwell’s shoe-leather reporting took him across the country to research and report on the impact that gold mines could have on South Carolina if not properly regulated. This gripping enterprise series explained issues in a way that was easy for readers to follow. Stand-out entry in a highly competitive category. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith, Cynthia Roldan and Jennifer Berry Hawes, “The new asylums” THIRDPLACE:TheState,JeffWilkinson,“ComingHome” BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Jeff Wilkinson, “Military” Judges’ Comments: Covering the military can be daunting, but Jeff Wilkinson shows how to do it and do it well. From putting a face on South Carolina’s war dead to explaining the impact of potential military cuts on the local economy, his stories are clear and supported well. Not an easy feat, but Wilkinson handled it well. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Warren L. Wise, “Boeing” THIRD PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, “Environment” BUSINESS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Kristy Eppley Rupon Judges’ Comments: Rupon is especially effective in relating to the larger community. Nice human interest dimension lifts business stories into a different light. Many impressive entries in this category! SECOND PLACE: The State, Jeff Wilkinson THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Rudolph Bell PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Till Death Do Us Part” Judges’ Comments: Convincing, thorough and well- executed effort to push policy makers and the public on a disturbing topic. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Slade, “Few access homebuyer’s tax credit; State may give you $5,000 to upgrade your roof, windows; Out- of-state colleges offer in-state rates” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Lyn Riddle, “Homeless in Greenville” NEWS FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes, “When a job is ‘a matter of life, death’” Judges’ Comments: This well-written and shocking story paints an agonizing picture of the way society treats abused women. SECOND PLACE - TIE: The Post and Courier, Brian Hicks, “Judge no longer ‘lost to history’” SECOND PLACE - TIE: The Post and Courier, Brian Hicks, “Life inside the track” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Eric Connor, “A mother’s lonely road” FIRST PLACE SPOT NEWS PHOTO, DAILY UNDER 18,000: Dede Biles, AikenStandard
  19. 19. 20 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners LIFESTYLE FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier ,Jennifer Berry Hawes, “Quiet sisterhood: Parents join club of grieving parents who have lost babies before birth” Judges’ Comments: This sad and compelling story is well written and there’s no way to stop reading. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Liv Osby, “Improving the odds” THIRD PLACE:The Post and Courier, Adam Parker and Robert Behre, “Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes” PROFILE FEATUREWRITING OR STORY FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes, “Two little boys. Two families. One nightmare.” Judges’ Comments: What a heartbreaking piece of journalism that brings you right into these little boys’ lives. And what an intriguing way to present it – two kids diagnosed on the same day. SECOND PLACE:The Post and Courier, Glenn Smith and Schuyler Kropf, “Chief Greenberg remembered as passionate leader, quirky innovator” THIRDPLACE:The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes, “A mother’s (tough) love: Scott credits his single mother for rise from poverty to national stage” SHORT STORY FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Robert Behre, “Concrete proof of lasting love” Judges’ Comments: True human interest story told in an economy of space. This is the kind of article that draws casual skimmers in and makes them loyal readers. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Anna Lee, “Officers saved man on I-85 span” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes, “Ethen Richardson dies from brain tumor complications” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Prentiss Findlay, “Pig in the surf surprises family on Sullivan’s Island” COLUMNWRITING FIRSTPLACEANDBESTOFTHEBEST:The State, Warren Bolton, “Reading level, not race, determines our future; All is not well in the city of Columbia; What elected officials do with our power” Judges’ Comments: Topics that should cause every reader to pause and reflect. One of Mr. Bolton’s columns is about a hot-button issue: How the inability to read, particularly among black children raised in poverty, is at the root of so many social problems. What distinguishes this column is how he relates personal experiences (i.e., reading to his own sons and a telephone call from a bigoted reader) to shed light on the problem as well as to suggest possible solutions. Too many pundits today use their position as a bully pulpit to either air pet peeves or to inflate their own image. Bolton writes in a conversational manner like a caring parent anxious to share basic truths – not because they are earth-shaking in originality but because they might help other parents and children. Good job. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Slade, “Personal Finance: Avoiding unnecessary PMI charges; State may give you $5,000 to upgrade your roof, windows; Out-of-state colleges offer in-state rates” THIRD PLACE: The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe, “The best defense is an audacious offense; Bulletproof; What Bobby Harrell taught us” SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier; Jeff Hartsell, Amanda Kerr and Gene Sapakoff; “Academic Magnet firing stirs uproar” Judges’ Comments: Strong reporting of a complex story under deadline pressure. Multiple sources add to the report. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Caraviello, “‘It was meant to be’: Gamecocks cap improbable comeback in overtime victory” THIRD PLACE: The State, Ed McGranahan, “Clemson ponders athletics fees” SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Bob Gillespie, “Lucas Glover at a crossroads” Judges’ Comments: Great insight into the success and struggles of a pro golfer on the course and in his personal life. Pushes him to reveal things that you know are difficult to talk about even though some he won’t completely open up about. SECOND PLACE: The State, Ron Morris, “The Redemption Boys” THIRD PLACE: The State, Ron Morris, “The Pride of Prosperity” SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The State, Bob Gillespie, “The Most Important Thing I’ll Ever Do” Judges’ Comments: Touching story well told. Gives great insight into a father’s love and what he would go through for his child. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Aaron Brenner, “Darkness to bright: Daughter’s birth date has special significance for Jeremiah Dew, 20 years after father’s suicide” THIRD PLACE: The State, Neil White, “The Search for Pokey” SPORTS COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: The State, Ron Morris, “Pell Grants instead of paying players; Dave and Dan are Coker College; Father’s echoes of the greatest ever” Judges’ Comments: Penetrating, strong human interest columns about financial aspects of being a college athlete. Also Morris captured the personalities of Dave and Dan at Coker College. And his column about his father taking him to see the great Willie Mays is heartwarming. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Scott Keepfer, “Secretariat’s standard may never be matched; Even when it’s chilly, baseball ushers in spring; Many reasons to enjoy the madness” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Post and Courier, Gene Sapakoff, “Worse than pathetic for The Citadel; Spurrier’s take on Ray Rice should be law; Eisenhower and Augusta: Ode to a tree” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The State, Bob Spear, “Alex Hawkins: Illness claims Gamecock great; Week of firsts for South Carolina golfer; Aim was for authenticity in restoring Pinehurst No. 2”SECOND PLACE PICTORIAL, DAILY UNDER 18,000 & 18,000-45,000 DIVISIONS COMBINED:Tom Priddy, Herald-Journal
  20. 20. 21 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Maureen Hartshorn Judges’ Comments: A strong mix of well- researched, in-depth stories and breaking news paired with compelling art and design. SECONDPLACE:The Post and Courier, Brandon Lockett THIRD PLACE: The State, Kelly Cobb SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRSTPLACE:The Post and Courier, Maureen Hartshorn Judges’ Comments: Nice mix of stories and strong photo selection make it newsy, with enough white space to make it seem classic, authoritative and uncluttered. SECOND PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis THIRD PLACE:The Post and Courier, Brandon Lockett FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, Judges’ Comments: Consistently strong interplay of type, photography, color, art and space to produce rich and lively feature pages that make readers want to eat, dance and sing along. SECOND PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Krena Lanham SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar Judges’ Comments: I thought this illustration was beautifully done. SECOND PLACE: The State, Kelly Cobb THIRD PLACE: The State, Susan Ardis HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Krena Lanham SPORTS PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer Judges’ Comments: Consistent photo illustrations and page design to bring the sports page to life. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Luke Reasoner THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris Tabakian SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer Judges’ Comments: Creative photo illustration captures all the excitement and crazy energy of March Madness. SECOND PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer THIRD PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer INSIDE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar Judges’ Comments: Chock full of information, analysis and solid visual reporting, all presented in a clear, engaging format. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Gill Guerry THIRD PLACE: The State, Kelly Cobb PHOTO PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “Bridge Run” Judges’ Comments: Nice use of mixed photos and sizes to create a visually interesting page. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “Spiritual Places” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Luke Reasoner, “Bridge Run” HONORABLE MENTION: The State, Kelly Cobb, “Game Week” SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Charleston Police Department officers detain a group on Spring Street after shots were fired” Judges’ Comments: Good hustle by photographer to get to scene. Good composition. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Heidi Heilbrunn, “Brush fire in the Riverwood Farm community” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Goose Creek homicide” GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Unity in the Community rally” Judges’ Comments: This was a tough category with lots of really great images. We like the emotion of this picture. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Heavy summer rains” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Alzheimer’s” FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Splash Pad at Saluda Shoals Park” Judges’ Comments: Great emotion with nice composition. SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Blythewood “Doko” Rodeo” THIRD PLACE:The State, Gerry Melendez, “Icy Stroll” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Bart Boatwright, “K.J. McDaniels dunks against Georgia State” Judges’ Comments: Unique angle makes this picture a winner. Takes the readers where they can’t otherwise be. SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Dive!” THIRDPLACE:The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro” SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The State, Tracy Glantz, “Rain Delay” Judges’ Comments: Good composition and exposure makes this photo stand out. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Bart Boatwright, “Clemson huddles” THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Out of the Light” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: The State, Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, “Girls Rock Columbia camp” Judges’ Comments: A great moment that gives you the feeling of being in the class. SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Wounded Warrior” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Greenville pianist Emile Pandolfi” FIRST PLACE PICTORIAL, DAILY UNDER 18,000 & 18,000-45,000 DIVISIONS COMBINED: Maddy Jones, Index-Journal
  21. 21. 22 • 2014 S.C. Press Association News Contest Winners UNDER 4,500 weekly division PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Life on the infield at Darlington Raceway” Judges’ Comments: Excellent variety of shots. Strong composition. Captures spirit of the race. SECOND PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Wounded Warrior” THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Rodeo” PICTORIAL FIRST PLACE: The State, Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, “Veterans Day Parade” Judges’ Comments: Nice composition and moment. Result is a very nice graphic presentation of a situation we have all seen and maybe tried. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Volunteer keeps an eye on a fire as he walks down a smoke-filled road used as a fire line during a prescribed burn” THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “South Carolina State Fair” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Leroy Burnell, “Procession carrying Deputy Joseph Matuskovic is escorted down Savannah Highway” HUMOROUS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Orlando players watch the game against the Stingrays from their bench” Judges’ Comments: Nice recognition of a found moment resulting in humor. SECONDPLACE:The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Byrnes Rebels’ ROTC march on the field before their team hosts the Lexington Wildcats” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Wade Spees, “Corey Cox” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Citadel Beautiful Bulldog Contest” NEWSPAPERWEBSITE FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier, Staff, postandcourier.com Judges’ Comments: Site excels in both in quantity and quality of content blogs: special sections and more. Staff breaks news often, and trending topics point readers to important issues.” SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff, thestate.com THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Staff, GreenvilleOnline.com SPOT NEWSVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Citizen runs into burning apartment to alert residents including 5 children” Judges’ Comments: The only on-the-scene spot news entry in this contest. Video captures emotion of the rescue as well as the scope of the fire. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Caught on camera” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris Hanclosky, “CofC students protest McConnell hiring” GENERAL NEWS/ FEATUREVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Wounded Warrior” Judges’ Comments: Great story told in an excellent package. The use of the subject’s and videographer’s photos along with the footage added to the whole piece. This was a tough category with so many videos deserving recognition. SECONDPLACE:The Post and Courier, Chris Hanclosky, “Connecting CofC to the Music Industry” THIRD PLACE: The State, Gerry Melendez, “Trauma” SPORTSVIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris Hanclosky and Warren Peper, “Family Circle Cup - My Charleston Today” Judges’ Comments: Professional. Good look behind the scenes. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chris Hanclosky, “World Cup Fever: Fans Watch USA vs. Portugal” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Two ACL tears can’t keep Mauldin softball player from the field” ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm, “Recognition Day” Judges’ Comments: Strong, interesting photos that are cropped well. Good mix of images that give readers a real feel for Recognition Day. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Mykal McEldowney, “Love, sweat, tears and boxing” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Paul Zoeller, “Darlington Raceway” USE OF FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff Judges’ Comments: Page is packed with engaging, interesting content. Great mix of news, features and other posts – many that connect to newspaper’s print and digital products. Especially like the user- submitted photos and how the reporters are using the medium to find sources for stories. P.S. - I am tickled by your fans’ spirited discussions over grocery store coupons and reality TV shows. SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Steve Bruss GOVERNMENT BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: News and Press, Samantha Lyles Judges’ Comments: Good in-depth reporting of county government. SECOND PLACE: The News-Era, Joseph Garris Jr. THIRD PLACE: The People-Sentinel, Will Whaley SPOT NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Manning Times, Robert J. Baker and Joe Perry, “Hospital screening patients for Ebola virus” Judges’ Comments: Took a story that gripped the nation and localized it in a big way. Layered with print and online support. SECOND PLACE: The Berkeley Independent, Dan Brown, “Cell phone call saves sinking boat” THIRD PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News, Hal Millard, “Emma’s Law” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: News and Press, Jana E. Pye, “Gillespie’s Peanuts: locally grown and oh, so good!” Judges’ Comments: Great human interest. Good use of quotes. SECOND PLACE: The News (Kingstree), Michaele Duke, “Two Women, two stories, two futures; Living with breast cancer” THIRD PLACE: The Clinton Chronicle, Larry Franklin, “Local Republicans say Graham ‘out of touch’; Graham has been in elected office since 1993; Censure of Graham has 29 points...” REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News; Jerry Bellune, Hal Millard and Rob Cottingham; “Attorney General Alan Wilson v. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell” Judges’ Comments: Reporters did an excellent job following the process and sequence of events. Reader able to follow chronologically and have an informed closure to the story. SECOND PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News, Terry Ward, “West Columbia mayor at odds with council” THIRD PLACE - TIE: The Clinton Chronicle, Vic MacDonald, “Man denied bond after driving into building; Suspect charged with attempted murder” THIRD PLACE - TIE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News, Kay Gordon, “Chapin mayor at odds with council” SECOND PLACE FEATURE PHOTO, DAILY OVER 45,000: Gerry Melendez, TheState

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