Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Winners of the 2015 SCPA News Contest with judges' comments

2,032 views

Published on

Winners tabloid from the 2015 SCPA News Contest. Printed thanks to Evening Post Publishing Company's Newspaper Division!

Published in: Government & Nonprofit
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Winners of the 2015 SCPA News Contest with judges' comments

  1. 1. Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism FIRST PLACE FEATURE PHOTO, DAILY OVER 45,000: Grace Beahm, The Post and Courier 2015 AWARD WINNERS
  2. 2. 2 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association Journalist of the Year index Open Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 All Daily Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 All Weekly Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 Associate & Individual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Daily Under 16,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-15 Daily Under 16,000 & 2-3 Times Weekly Combined . . . . . . 15 Daily Under 16,000 & Weekly Over 4,500 Combined. . . . 15 Daily Under 16,000 & 16,000-45,000 Combined . . . . . 16 Daily 16,000-45,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 President’s Award for Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 General Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Daily 16,000-45,000 & Over 45,000 Combined . . . . . . 22 Daily Over 45,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-26 Weekly Under 4,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-29 Weekly Under 4,500 & Over 4,500 Combined . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Weekly Over 4,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-33 WeeklyOver4,500&2-3TimesWeeklyCombined...........34 2-3 Times Weekly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-39 WEEKLY DIVISION WINNERS Photojournalist of the Year Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ACKERMAN FIRST PLACE – TRAVIS JENKINS THE NEWS & REPORTER Travis Jenkins is general manager and editor of The News & Reporter in Chester. He began his newspaper career in 2003 as sports editor and staff writer. In 2010, he was promoted to editor of the paper and later given the responsibilities of general manager in 2012. During his tenure at the paper, Jenkins has won more than 75 journalism awards with The News & Reporter winning General Excellence under his leadership. Judges’ Comments: Loved the breadth of coverage from fighting to open meetings from the S.C. High School League to obtaining police dashcam videos, Jenkins fought hard on the public’s behalf for openness. His reporting led to change and shed light on issues that the public needed to know. Well done. SECOND PLACE –MICHAEL SMITH, STEVE ROBERTSON AND AUGUST DITTBENNER, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE Judges’ Comments: Michael Smith and team crusade for the public’s right to know. In their community, they use the FOIA effectively, challenging secretive record keeping practices by the police department and filing suit in criminal court to gain access to important information. Their aggressive journalism demonstrated tenacity. TANYA ACKERMAN, COASTAL OBSERVER Tanya Ackerman earned a degree in photojournalism from Kent State University. She was a photographer for The Greenville News for six years and joined the Coastal Observer in 2006. She has received numerous awards for her work. She approaches her job with the same exuberance she approaches life and that is reflected in her work. She goes beyond the surface to get to the heart of a subject and is always looking for opportunities to tell stories in a new way. She was named SCPA Photojournalist of the Year for weekly papers in 2011 and 2013. Judges’ Comments: A very consistent portfolio. Good job of capturing emotion and expression. Great variety of work. CHRISTOPHER SARDELLI, THE LANCASTER NEWS Chris Sardelli, 35, is a senior staff writer at The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway. Chris grew up in Virginia and received his BA from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in journalism from Emerson College. He reported for two Boston newspapers, The Beacon Hill Times and The Back Bay Sun, before moving to South Carolina. He freelanced at The Herald, Fort Mill Times, The Gaston Gazette and the Enquirer-Herald before joining The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway in 2008. He covers county government, education and whatever else he finds interesting. He and his wife, Katie, a Winthrop University administrator, live in Fort Mill. Judges’ Comments: Sardelli demonstrated impressive energy in producing a varied scope of work. His reporting is remarkable. He digs deep into issues, using open records laws effectively. FIRST PLACE –JONATHAN VICKERY, THE PEOPLE-SENTINEL Jonathan Vickery is the managing editor of The People-Sentinel in Barnwell. He worked for the newspaper while in high school and returned in 2010 after graduating from Anderson University. He is an Eagle Scout and loves giving back to the community. He is involved in leadership organizations including the formation of a new young professionals group in Barnwell, is on the board of The Circle Theatre, and is deeply involved with First Baptist Church. He has won SCPA, as well as Morris Journalism Excellence, awards for his reporting. Jonathan is a bulldog when it comes to the FOIA, going above and beyond to make sure the public is able to access meetings and information. He regularly covers three school districts and local government bodies, always making sure the politicians and administrators keep the public informed and included making him the public’s best friend. Judges’ Comments: Vickery was impressively aggressive in pursuing open meetings – individually emailing school board members and the chairwoman to educate them on the FOIA. His efforts were joined with news coverage, and he succeeded in getting the board to reverse its decision to close the meeting. Commendable diligence and follow-through. SECOND PLACE – TRAVIS JENKINS, THE NEWS & REPORTER Judges’ Comments: Jenkins’ energetic pursuit to open the High School League’s meetings to the public won an acknowledgement from the league’s lawyer that the meetings should be open. An impressive confrontation of secrecy on behalf of the public. JENKINSSARDELLI VICKERY
  3. 3. 2015 News Contest Winners | 3S.C. Press Association 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 ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist o f the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ? ? ? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist o f 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 ??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist oftheYear Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist oftheYear 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 ??? Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism ??? Photojournalist 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??? Photojournalist of the Year Award ??? Journalist of the Year Award ??? Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD ??? Jay Bender Award Journalist of the Year DAILY DIVISION WINNERS Photojournalist of the Year Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism Reid Montgomery FOI AWARD FIRST PLACE – REBECCA LURYE THE ISLAND PACKET Rebecca Lurye has been with The Island Packet since Sept. 2013. She is currently the education and quality of life reporter. In 2014, her work was recognized by the SCPA in three categories: public service, in-depth journalism and beat reporting. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Maryland and, before joining The Packet, had internships with USA Today and the Washington D.C. bureau of the McClatchy company. Judges’ Comments: Relentless, dogged work. Rebecca held officials accountable and offered solid reporting with great follow-through. After the superintendent’s resignation, she kept reporting the story to give the public even more information about the superintendent’s background and nepotism claims. Very clearly and aggressively done. SECOND PLACE – STAFF, INDEPENDENT MAIL Judges’ Comments: A strong, sustained effort by staffers to unearth facts in the Zachary Hammond shooting coverage. Coalition going to court over tape was impressive. HONORABLE MENTION – ANNA DOUGLAS, THE HERALD Judges’ Comments: Don’t stonewall Anna Douglas. Though covering Chester’s schools was virgin territory, she developed sources, utilized the FOIA and was tenacious in her reporting. Her stories brought about change in a troubled school system. MELENDEZ JENNIFER BERRY HAWES THE POST AND COURIER Jennifer Berry Hawes is a projects writer for The Post and Courier who worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced “Till Death Do Us Part.” During her stints focusing on healthcare, religion, courts, features and education reporting, she has won numerous national awards. They include a George Polk Award, National Headliner Award and an ASNE Award for Local Accountability Reporting. She also is a past South Carolina Journalist of the Year and the Religion Newswriters Association’s Cornell Reporter of the Year. Today, she works on the newspaper’s Watchdog & Public Service Team. Judges’ Comments: Hawes writes with passion and a steely resolve over a wide array of issues. She writes about some of the most emotional and sensationalized events without sensationalizing the story. A profile package of work by an outstanding reporter and journalist. She represents the very best qualities of journalism. GERRY MELENDEZ, THE STATE Gerry Melendez sets the standard for photojournalism in South Carolina. As the state’s most honored news photographer, Gerry has been recognized for his work in news, sports, features, enterprise, human interest and video storytelling. A visual artist with more than 20 years experience, Melendez has won top awards from the Inland Press Association, the National Press Photographers Association, the S.C. News Photographers Association, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Southern Short Court Photojournalism and the S.C. Press Association. He received The State Media Co. “Hampton Award” in 2014 as the most outstanding non-reporter at The State newspaper. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melendez worked at the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Barbara News-Press and The Idaho Statesman before joining The State in 2004. Judges’ Comments: Lots of variety in this portfolio; a little different from the rest of the field. Great use of light. Good eye for composition displayed on every shot. Great work!  BERRY HAWES FIRST PLACE – THE POST AND COURIER Judges’ Comments: Clear winner! Relentless, vast, deep coverage. The Post and Courier uses the FOIA as a tool to tell stories, and then the newspaper’s journalists tell compelling stories of great public interest in every section of the newspaper. The Post and Courier has an almost daily commitment to identifying societal problems and exposing them. Its stories lead to real change. Kudos for several projects built entirely using information found through the FOIA. The standout example was examining 30,000 pages of SLED reports to produce the “Shots Fired” series. HONORABLE MENTION – THE GREENVILLE NEWS Judges’ Comments: The Greenville News aggressively reported on the discrepancies in the official description of events leading up to the fatal shooting of Zachary Hammond by a Seneca police officer, and was instrumental in forcing release of the dashcam video after the newspaper sued. The Greenville News clearly demonstrated aggressive journalism and use of the FOIA in this entry. It is certainly noteworthy that the newspaper filed suit and got a coalition of Upstate newspapers together to force the video’s release. LURYE
  4. 4. 4 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association OPEN division JUDSON CHAPMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE THE POST AND COURIER Tony Bartelme and Andrew Knapp “2.7 Seconds: How 8 bullets pierced the nation” Judges’ Comments: Writing style keeps the reader engaged and paints a vivid picture of what happens, providing the reader with a “you are there” perspective. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Capitol Gains” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Doug Pardue and Lauren Sausser, “Cradle of Shame” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Tony Bartelme and Glenn Smith, “Pull Over” INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Capitol Gains” Judges’ Comments: Not only are South Carolina politicians ignoring child mortality and group homes, they’re also enriching themselves from campaign cash. Politicos in S.C. must pick up each morning’s Post and Courier with severe anxiety. It’s really hard to pick one Post and Courier story over another. I’m going with this one because of the massive effort involved and because it lays bare the self-serving nature of the politicians who steadfastly turn their backs on infant mortality, the warehousing of children and other state problems. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Lauren Sausser, “Warehousing our children” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Doug Pardue and Lauren Sausser, “Cradle of Shame” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News, Issac J. Bailey, “Beyond a reasonable doubt?” SERIES OF SPORTS ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Kendall Salter and Gina Smith, “LOST TO TIME: Beaufort County’s forgotten black athletes” Judges’ Comments: Kendall Salter and Gina Smith worked to give great unsung African-American athletes of the past a chance to tell their story. The series makes us realize that some of the best athletic performances may have been lost to history forever. This series helped bring some of those back to life for a new generation. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Bret McCormick, “Winthrop coach hopes operation stills Parkinson’s symptoms” THIRD PLACE: The State, David Cloninger, “10 years ago: Week that changed USC football” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Stephen Fastenau, David Lauderdale and Gina Smith, “RBC Heritage memories: Tales told in plaid” TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Kristy Adair, “Greenville Journal, June 26; Upstate Business Journal, Oct. 9; Greenville Journal, Oct. 16 Judges’ Comments: Clean, well-designed covers are good use of small space. Solid headlines and photography. Good choices on fonts and colors. SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal, Whitney Fincannon, “Greenville Journal, Jan. 23; Upstate Business Journal, Dec 19; Upstate Business Journal, Jan. 30” THIRD PLACE: The Fort Jackson Leader, Wallace McBride, “Aug. 6; May 14; May 7” CARTOON FIRST PLACE: The State, Robert Ariail, “Cross to Bear; Heartbreak; Charleston Flooding” Judges’ Comments: Ariail understands how the visual has to tell a story without explanation. His illustrations fit the message and each has news currency. SECOND PLACE:The Greenville News, Roger Harvell, “Church shooting; Lindsey puzzled; Despicable US” THIRD PLACE: News-Chronicle, Mike Beckom, “Lucyball; Duck Drones; Gamey” MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Luke Reasoner, “College Football Preview” Judges’ Comments: This illustration’s composition of kinetic figures playing against the torn paper, a visual metaphor, perhaps, for a breakaway banner, cleverly balances powerful gestures and colors. The exaggerated proportions of the players in relation to each other also conveys a sense of being larger than life. The overall effect is dramatic, exciting, and perfectly suited to the subject matter of the publication. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brandon Lockett, “Dangermuffin” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “Fall arts preview” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Chad Dunbar, “Book tree” ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brandon Lockett, “James Beard food” Judges’ Comments: Fun and creative way to present a lot of numbers. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Justin Johnson, “Medical marijuana in South Carolina” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Drew Martin, “Who’s making our roads dangerous?” HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Justin Johnson, “Concealed Carry in SC” INFORMATIONAL GRAPHICS PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Brandon Lockett, “Deadly Force; Infant death rate; School racial segregation” Judges’ Comments: There’s no visual tool left unused in condensing the statistics discussed in the accompanying article into an easily read, visually interesting representation of the content. Color, type, shapes, and even line thickness work seamlessly and consistently together to guide the reader through a logical progression of information that gives the data a sense of weightiness and significance without confounding the reader or exaggerating the story. The design ultimately succeeds because it’s nearly invisible —making the numbers and scale of the information the first thing you read rather than concealing or obscuring it with decoration. SECOND PLACE: The State, Meredith Sheffer, “Who’s the best Pharaoh?; How South Carolina stacks up; Cover 2” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Jeff Ruble, “Road tax found backers in city; Online, real worlds collide; Lights mostly dark at arena” HONORABLE MENTION: The State, Elissa Macarin, “Rains could soon soak S.C.; 2016 is already here for early primary states; Gills Creek Watershed”
  5. 5. 2015 News Contest Winners | 5S.C. Press Association ALL DAILY division INNOVATIVE CONCEPT FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, J. Emory Parker, “Walter Scott Data Visualizations” Judges’ Comments: Clear, smart and empathetic in all the ways that mark the best journalism. The use of sound analysis to show rather than tell is brilliant. This is reporting at its best. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, J. Emory Parker, “Live election results” THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Staff, “News Hound foster dog program” AFFILIATED OR NICHEWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Kurt Knapek, Laura James and Caroline Fossi, lowcountryparent.com Judges’ Comments: This website was my top pick because it communicated to me a passion for the subject matter. It also was the easiest to navigate and featured a simple and elegant design. In several of the other niche websites I too easily found myself landing on another partner website that wasn’t even in the contest. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Jose Franco, 85-26.com THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Staff, orangeandwhite.com HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard/Spurs & Feathers, Brian Hand, Kyle Heck and Tim O’Briant, spursandfeathers.com SPORTS MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Mundy Price, “Lakelands Outdoors” Judges’ Comments: This magazine looks great, reads well and it is evident lots of thought and planning was put into this. The focus on women who enjoy outdoor sports was unique and a good strategy to broaden the typical outdoor magazine audience. SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff, “GoGamecocks Magazine, Winter 2014” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Staff, “Chasing scholarships” DIGITAL NEWS PROJECT FIRST PLACE: The State, Sammy Fretwell, Matt Walsh, Gerry Melendez, Chris Hessert, “Graniteville derailment, 10 years later” Judges’ Comments: Truly a multimedia gem using great writing, photography, audio and video. Wow. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Staff, “Parris Island: Making Marines for 100 years” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Interactive map: Suspicious fires in Spartanburg” FLOOD COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff Judges’ Comments: There were several good submissions for this category, but this is the only one that really enveloped me and put me so in the moment that I felt like it was raining in my office. The coverage is exhaustive and hits every conceivable angle, and hits every angle well. The maps, by themselves, would be award-worthy. From the photography to the writing to the design, this is the best flood coverage from 2015. SECOND PLACE: The State, Staff THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Staff EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Beth Padgett, “Release video of police shooting” Judges’ Comments: Best written of the slew of editorials about the lawsuit against SLED over video of the police shooting of Zach Hammond. Clear, concise and reasoned rather than impassioned. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Elsa McDowell, “No secrets in fighting crime” THIRDPLACE:Index-Journal, Richard Whiting, “McCormick County board act as masters of people” HONORABLE MENTION:Aiken Standard, Tim O’Briant, “School board must work to get it right” E.A. RAMSAUR AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING FIRST PLACE: The State, Cindi Ross Scoppe, “On education ethics, roads: Start with the fundamentals; Trust isn’t enough to justify self- policing; Retire Confederate flag to a museum” Judges’ Comments: The editorials are written with passion and authority and each point made is backed up by data or other evidence. Scoppe pulls no punches as she advocates on the retirement of the Confederate flag, takes issue with a popular sheriff who won’t let the state investigate shootings by his officers and scolds the state legislature for dragging its feet on dealing with education, ethics and transportation issues. The editorials take on important issues in the state and presents those issues forcefully. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, James Werrell, “Friendship Nine honored once again; Politicians must be held accountable; Shooting in car was child endangerment” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Elsa McDowell, “1.4 million reasons not to drill; End abuse in group homes; No excuses: Fix rural schools” FOOD WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Erin Heffernan, “Vanishing nets: Area shrimpers sail on despite rising costs, threats from imported seafood” Judges’ Comments: Lots of in-depth reporting in this story answers important questions about the issue. The reporter obviously understood the issue. An important story for those who want to eat local and the people who harvest it. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, David Lauderdale, “Jody, once the sassy face of Hilton Head Island, takes her order to go” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Hanna Raskin, “Southern discomfort: Hospitals grapple with fried chicken” GREENVILLEJOURNAL.COM • Friday, June 26, 2015 • Vol.17, No.26 GREENVILLEJOURNAL ‘Hate won’t win’ South Carolina, Upstate unite in aftermath of Charleston church shootings Page 8 FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 864.679.1200 READ ONLINE AT GREENVILLE JOURNAL.COM $1.00 FIRST PLACE TABLOID PAGEONE PORTFOLIO, OPEN DIVISION: Kristy Adair, Greenville Journal ARTS&CULTURE previewFall arts Inside Warren Peper, F2 Books, F4 Travel, F5 THIRD PLACE MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATION, OPEN DIVISION: Chad Dunbar, The Post and Courier
  6. 6. 6 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Abigail Darlington, “Top music industry engineer ends up in Charleston” Judges’ Comments: Risk and reward, suspense and surprise: It’s all here, in a story that unfolds, rather than reads as a chronicle of facts. The writer allows the story to tell itself, in the words and memories of the subject, in the emotion and character of the tale, and in the descriptions of subject, place and reason for interest. Good topic and relevant community connections, both well reported and well told. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Donna Isbell Walker, “Upstate filmmakers are creating a scene” THIRD PLACE: The State, Erin Shaw, “The Whig: Ten years of making Columbia ‘more interesting’” REVIEW PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Paul Hyde, “The 39 Steps’ a giddy romp at Little Theatre; Vick conducts thrilling ‘Carmina Burana;’ High- stepping ‘Kinky Boots’ dazzles Greenville” Judges’ Comments: Snappy, informed writing with just enough wit. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Bo Petersen, “Ron Rash Succeeds with who-done-it novel; Narrow Road powerful raw story; Soon explores flawed family relations in Southeast” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Hanna Raskin, “Magnolias: Service staff shines; Short Grain Food Truck: Diners take on a beautiful delicious journey; Stereo 8: Rhythm is missing” ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff Judges’ Comments: It can be argued that everything in South Carolina touches politics and The State’s broad coverage of political races and issues gives readers a context for electoral and policy choices facing the state. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Staff THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff GOVERNMENTBEATREPORTING FIRST PLACE: The State, Cassie Cope Judges’ Comments: Great story on politics and road building/the infrastructure bank. And a great story on maintenance backlog. And the best story I’ve seen on Haley’s (imbecilic) proposal to cut income tax and raise the gas tax. SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News, Tim Smith THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Zach Murdock HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Gavin Jackson HEALTH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Greenville News, Liv Osby Judges’ Comments: These thorough, gripping stories informed readers on a wide range of medical conditions and recovery. Good work. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jim Hilley HONORABLE MENTION: The State, Joey Holleman EDUCATION BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Jennifer Berry Hawes Judges’ Comments: While Hawes’ research in each piece was impeccable and left me feeling fully informed, it was the personal stories in “Kids with toughest hurdles” that made the piece so compulsively readable. Following the students’ personal struggles made them more than statistics. That story, in particular, was also effective because of its use of graphics and the pulled quotes. The follow up to this story shows a devotion to the issue. And the lede into “Meeting Street School” kept me reading. Great job on each part of the entry. SECOND PLACE: The State, Andrew Shain THIRD PLACE: The Greenville News, Nathaniel Cary HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Rebecca Lurye FAITH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, David Lauderdale Judges’ Comments: Powerful and poignant story about slain pastor Clementa Pickney in Charleston shooting. Just overall a very strong package of compelling, well-written pieces. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Charmaine Smith-Miles THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Don Worthington SPORTS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Caraviello Judges’ Comments: His mixture of feature and game stories are what they should be, and his game stories don’t necessarily read like game stories. He does a very good job of writing second- day ledes that add substance. SECOND PLACE: The State, Josh Kendall THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young FIRST PLACE FEATURE PHOTO, WEEKLY UNDER 4,500: Tanya Ackerman, Coastal Observer
  7. 7. 2015 News Contest Winners | 7S.C. Press Association NEWS HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE:The Post and Courier, Beth Harrison, “Future of recycling or bunch of garbage?; Street panhandlers may have to hit road; Dying for a fix” Judges’ Comments: These headlines grab readers with a playful use of words while clearly and concisely conveying the meaning of the articles. Bravo! SECONDPLACE:The Island Packet, Lindsay Trapp, “Red, white and beach; Wet and chili; A banana split” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Fiscal finale yields quick-fix funds; Thinking outside the MOX: A closer look at disposal alternatives; In the presence of the King: Local reverend remembers Martin Luther King Jr.” HONORABLEMENTION:The Post and Courier, Tony Brown, “Comfort in the valley of the shadow of death; Local turtle patrollers meet few bad eggs; Islanders’ golfcartsreflect love of life in the slow lane” FEATURE HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Beth Harrison, “Are there too many cooks in Charleston’s kitchen?; Chicago will make a killing off the Dead; My what big teeth we have” Judges’ Comments: Good word choices, the headlines play off the art well. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Teresa Taylor, “Southern Discomfort; The Daily Grind; Class by the glass” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Don Kausler Jr., “Exhibit ‘Ah’; Lost & found; Pipe dreams” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Todd Money, “Sweet charity; Blooming laughter; Reptile reflex” SPORTS HEADLINEWRITING FIRSTPLACE:ThePostandCourier,LukeReasoner, “AllenwrenchesRays;TheGolfCoast;Owhatanight” Judges’ Comments: The perfect balance of cleverness, but not to punny. Headlines really pulled the reader in. A standout submission in a very competitive category. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, David Hale, “Stingrays look to close the book on Reading; The Man of Steal; Veni Vidi Vinci: Serena stunningly conquered” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Jennifer Spears, “Back in the sting of things; Blistering Dixie; Tigers blow through Canes” NEWS SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff, “The Confederate flag is removed from S.C. State House grounds” Judges’ Comments: Multiple angles on a complex story told with care. Strong visuals. SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “In remembrance of Emanuel AME shooting victims” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge 10-Year Anniversary” SPORTS SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: The State, Staff, “End of an Era: HBC Keepsake Edition” Judges’Comments:Forasuddenandunexpected retirementlikeSpurrier,theturnaroundanddepthof coverageherewasfantastic.Aremarkableachievement. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “2015 Prep Football Preview” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, “50 Years Of The Grand American” LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Food, Feb. 11” Judges’ Comments: Inviting design. The standing features like Liquid Assets pulled me in with both topic and visuals. The plate breakdown graphic was nicely done and made me hungry. The cover story, of course, was the draw. Intriguing concept, well done. It did make me sad that all the men said they’d go for another date, but the women were, like, pass... SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Food, August 19” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Staff, “In Step” ENTERTAINMENT SECTION FIRSTPLACE:Independent Mail, Jake Grove, “Your Hometown Fun, ‘Rolling Out Goodness,’ Feb. 5-11” Judges’ Comments: Well-designed, well written, organized, strong use of photos and outstanding composition highlight this special section. The graphic index is exceptional; using artwork and writing, it goes beyond a standard list of what’s inside to become a relevant “story” of its own with teases and photos that give readers not only a sense of the contents, but of the community depicted – and further offerings online. Conversations, an easily accessible calendar, reviews and more all say, go, do, have fun right here at home. Excellent work. SECOND PLACE:Independent Mail, Jake Grove, “Your Hometown Fun, ‘Smoky Trend,’ June 18-24” THIRD PLACE: The State, Staff, “Go Columbia, ‘Here’s to Oktoberfest,’ Sept. 17” HONORABLE MENTION: The Post and Courier, Staff, “Charleston Scene, ‘In Harmony,’ August 13” FEATURE MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier, Caroline Fossi, Rachel Cook and Laurie Hellmann, “Lowcountry Parent” Judges’ Comments: Content is king in Lowcountry Parent – relevant, useful and compelling. Despite newsprint pages, the design is clean and photography excellent. Great use of typography, too! SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Staff, “Spartanburg Magazine, Summer 2015” THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Staff, “My Charleston” INDIVIDUAL USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis Judges’ Comments: Unrivaled entry in highly competitive class. Mike was the only journalist to submit an entry showcasing multiple social platforms, and he uses all of them well to share news, engage, develop sources and build a personal brand. His on-the-scene tweets and live video are what we should strive for in breaking news real time. The bonus of high-quality photos plays wells on multiple platforms. Good mix of hard news and lighthearted, humorous content. He’s clearly dedicated to finding new ways to share stories and information with his audience. Well done! SECOND PLACE: The Post and Courier, Andrew Knapp THIRD PLACE: The Post and Courier, Melissa Boughton Sunday, June 21, 2015 N S TO COME TOGETHER There are a number of events in the Charleston area to help a city in mourning grieve and honor those who lost their lives. For a list of prayer services, vigils and more, see Page A5. TO HELP THE FAMILIES For details on how to contribute to funds to benefit those who lost loved ones at Emanuel AME Church, see Page A5. INSIDE A look at the lives of the nine victims, and a poem by Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina’s poet laureate. Cynthia Hurd 54, a library manager whose life was dedicated to books, children and church Susie Jackson 87, a mother figure to generations in her family and a renowned cook of collard greens Ethel Lance 70, a church custodian who found strength in a gospel song to overcome life’s challenges DePayne Middleton Doctor 49, a minister whose angelic voice could heal troubled hearts Clementa Pinckney 41, a pastor and state senator who lent his booming voice to the voiceless Tywanza Sanders 26, a barber, poet and aspiring entrepreneur ready to take the world by storm Daniel L. Simmons Sr. 74, a minister who served as a model of endurance and service to God Sharonda Singleton 45, a pastor and coach who became her runners’ biggest cheerleader, on and off the track Myra Thompson 59, a builder of faith who worked to restore her beloved church’s properties to their full glory IN REMEMBRANCE BEST OF THE BEST PAGE DESIGN: Krena Lanham, Maureen Hartshorn and Chad Dunbar, The Post and Courier
  8. 8. 8 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association ALL WEEKLY division FLOOD COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Staff Judges’ Comments: This package is the perfect example of how weekly newspapers should operate. In times of disaster, most coverage is on the immediate danger. This gives your readers a great service in informing them of the impact. SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times, Staff THIRD PLACE: Coastal Observer, Staff EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES FIRST PLACE: Laurens County Advertiser, Staff, “Doing wrong by doing nothing” Judges’ Comments: The Advertiser shows no fear in taking on the government when it feels public records are being wrongfully withheld. It even scolded a judge when it felt the jurist had failed to take any action on the newspaper attempts to have documents properly released. “Shame on you, sir,” the editorial said about the inaction of the judge. SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times, Mark A. Stevens, “Andrews council must do public’s work in plain sight” THIRD PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, “Police report redaction a black mark to openness in Horry County” EDITORIALWRITING FIRST PLACE: Laurens County Advertiser, Staff, “Doing wrong by doing nothing; Sensible appropriate and essential bills; Of molehills and locked doors” Judges’ Comments: The editorial staff doggedly pursued justice for all parties, and they won by seeing a bill that would address potential future injustices. Great job using the power of the pen to make a difference in your state. SECOND PLACE: Coastal Observer, Charles Swenson, “A road plan with traction; Lesson learned at lemonade stand; Restore confidence in evacuations” THIRD PLACE: Georgetown Times, Mark A. Stevens, “Town needs Haley’s attention; Let’s be defined by the future not the past; Town council’s action doesn’t inspire trust” FOODWRITING FIRSTPLACE:Free Times, Eva Moore, “Mayo’s Moment” Judges’ Comments: A humorous, in-depth look at the classic condiment, with useful insights on mayo controversies, a surprising taste test, and instructions to make your own. SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Stephanie Burt, “Making Cents: A by-the-numbers look at the price of dining in Charleston” THIRD PLACE: Greenville Journal, April Morris, “Greenville feeds itself: Growing the local food movement” ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Dan Cook, “Arts in Black and White” Judges’ Comments: Great issue - bold and unapologetic. Great enterprise journalism. SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Jordan Lawrence, “Nostalgia Industry” THIRD PLACE: Free Times, Jordan Lawrence, “Never Too Late: At 82, Midlands Blues Legend Drink Small Is Ready for Redemption” REVIEW PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Vincent Harris, “Repurcussions; The king is gone – long live the king; The road most traveled” Judges’ Comments: Well written. The author draws the reader in through the use of descriptive language, especially in the Repurcussions piece, allowing them to almost hear the music being described. Also enjoy the presentation of unusual facts, especially in the B.B. King piece. SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Tom Mack, “Exhibition Explores Emancipated Slave Town; Columbia Museum Mounts Major Curran Retrospective; Four Photographers Survey Columbia” THIRD PLACE: Free Times, Jordan Lawrence, “Live Review: tUnE-yArDs; Live Review: Dawes, John Moreland; Live Review: Paul McCartney” HONORABLE MENTION: The News-Era, Joseph Garris, Jr., “Director injects much-needed originality to genre; Kingsman pays homage to classic spy films; Finally a worthy sequel to classic original” ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: The Lancaster News, Staff Judges’ Comments: This is deep, thoughtful, wide- ranging entry covering everything from the installation of state House Speaker to endless visits by presidential primary candidates to the decision and actions to remove the Confederate flag at the capitol. Well done. SECOND PLACE: The Berkeley Independent, Lindsay Street THIRD PLACE: Daniel Island News, Elizabeth Bush HONORABLEMENTION:The Moultrie News, Sully Witte GOVERNMENT BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Benjamin Jeffers Judges’ Comments: Strong coverage of important state house issues. SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, Monica Kreber THIRD PLACE: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News, Hal Millard HEALTH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Georgetown Times, Mark A. Stevens Judges’ Comments: I really enjoyed each article in this entry. Very strong writing and nice flow. Excellent! SECOND PLACE:The News & Reporter, Nancy Parsons THIRD PLACE:The People-Sentinel, Jonathan Vickery HONORABLE MENTION: The News & Reporter, Brian Garner EDUCATION BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Charles Swenson Judges’ Comments: This is really good education reporting – it is relentlessly focused on children and their experience in school. From a high-tech Montessori charter school (hold the bell), to an apprenticeship program at the water treatment plant to using quilting to teach math and computer skills, consistently deep reporting and bright writing make this entry a winner. SECOND PLACE: Bluffton Today, Scott Thompson THIRD PLACE: The Gaffney Ledger, Scott Powell SPECIAL THANKSSPECIAL THANKS from SCPA and its members tofrom SCPA and its members to EVENING POST PUBLISHINGEVENING POST PUBLISHING for printing this publication!for printing this publication!
  9. 9. 2015 News Contest Winners | 9S.C. Press Association FAITH BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Jason Lesley Judges’ Comments: Writer has a feel for the subject and presents the topic in a way that draws the reader in, regardless of personal beliefs. SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times, Taylor Griffith THIRDPLACE:The Lancaster News, Gregory A. Summers SPORTS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Union County News, Brian Whitmore Judges’ Comments: Wide variety of subjects in the pieces chosen which offers a unique look at local sports. SECOND PLACE:The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins THIRD PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald, Joe Wedra HONORABLE MENTION: The Star, T.J. Lundeen NEWS HEADLINEWRITING FIRSTPLACE:Greenville Journal, Jerry Salley, “Appetite for construction: 2014 saw $100 million in new building permits in Greenville – how will downtown change in 2015?; Crate expectations: After two years has Greer’s Inland Port lived up to its initial projections? ; Poultry in motion: More chickens are crossing the road into local backyards” Judges’ Comments: These heds are excellent – clever and engaging. Well done. SECOND PLACE:The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, “A Hot Mess; Chester Likes Ike; Pick-up Lines” THIRDPLACE:TheSummervilleJournalScene,Monica Kreber,“LowCountrySingingTreetakesitslast bough;DD2mightsteerawayfromdriverseducation; ‘‘Moneycouldn’ttouchit,’ComeApril30alocal hairdresserwilllather,rinse,retireafter45years” FEATURE HEADLINEWRITING FIRSTPLACE:Greenville Journal, Cindy Landrum, “For human cannonball, work is a blast; Coming out flat; Church recycling glass in biblical proportions” Judges’ Comments: Clever wordplay on “blast” and “biblical” heds. Nicely done. SECONDPLACE:The Lancaster News, Christopher Sardelli, “Figuring out life’s equation; You Say You Want a Food Revolution; The Colbert Support” THIRDPLACE:Georgetown Times, Taylor Griffith, “Getting their act together: Actors live learn locally while finding success on bigger ‘stage’; Happy feet: Women’s trek sure to make you smile; In his shoes: Cobbler carries on age-old trade in Pawleys shop” SPORTS HEADLINEWRITING FIRST PLACE:The Horry Independent, Robert Anderson, “Conway fumbles A.D. job search; Aynor’s Elms digs Dolphin volleyball; Kids offered chance to gobble up turkey hunting tidbits” Judges’ Comments: Witty headlines tied in well with the overall article. Superb! SECONDPLACE:Union County News, Brian Whitmore, “USC Union Bantams sent to roost; Will write for food; Whitmire girl helps birth Lady Gamecocks” THIRD PLACE: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, James Denton, “Lightning and a Battle; Eagles Blankety-Blank Newberry; Werts and All, F.C. Downs Dogs” NEWS SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: Union County News, Staff, “World War II, Those who served remember” Judges’ Comments: An incredible amount of effort went into this special section. The many, many well written stories of veterans were spectacular. Hats off to you for doing such a splendid job with this special section! SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Staff, “Mother Emanuel” THIRD PLACE: Greenville Journal, Staff, “Upstate Business Journal, Dec. 19” SPORTS SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Staff, “Game of Inches” Judges’ Comments: Lots of meat on these bones. Good use of photos. Nice cover. SECOND PLACE: Daniel Island News, staff, “Family Circle Cup brings international flair to Daniel Island” THIRD PLACE: The Gaffney Ledger, Staff, “Kickoff 2015” LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SECTION OR SPECIAL EDITION FIRST PLACE: Coastal Observer, Staff, “Beaches” Judges’ Comments: Great concept. Speaks to both locals and vacationers, plus it has a nice shelf life in that it’s good for the entire vacation season. Also allows for lots of ad flow. SECOND PLACE: Carolina Gateway, Staff, “Indian Land Fall Festival” THIRD PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff, “People to Watch” HONORABLE MENTION: Georgetown Times, Taylor Griffith, Clayton Stairs, Mark A. Stevens and Zena Altman, “Lifestyles, Oct. 9” FEATURE MAGAZINE FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Staff, “TOWN Magazine, September 2015” Judges’ Comments: Nice quick hits. Lots of local faces, especially in the “On The Town” section. Variety of subjects covered. Major-league presentation. Excellent magazine. SECOND PLACE: The Press & Standard, Ashley Rohde, “Collette, Fall 2015” THIRD PLACE: Charleston City Paper, Kinsey Gidick, “Dish: The Gullah Geechee Issue” BEST OF THE BEST SPORTS PHOTO: Veasey Conway, Morning News
  10. 10. 10 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: The Gaffney Ledger, Staff, “Community Matters” Judges’ Comments: Nice job tackling topics that are relevant to most communities. SECOND PLACE: Lake Wylie Pilot, John Marks, “Lake Wylie Children’s Charity” THIRD PLACE: The News & Reporter, Travis Jenkins, Brian Garner, Nancy Parsons, “Scam alerts” SPORTS PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle, Michael Smith, “Jan. 15; Dec. 11; Oct. 15” Judges’ Comments: Excellent use of dominant art and a variety of designs. Good mix of college and prep, and even a pro. Nice pages. SECONDPLACE:DanielIslandNews,JanMarvin,“Where intheworldisShelbyRogers?,Jan.15-21;Apowerful ending,April16-22;FamilyCircleCup,April2-8” THIRD PLACE: Georgetown Times, Sandy Schopfer, “April 29; June 26; Nov. 21 FEATUREVIDEO FIRST PLACE: Daniel Island News, Jan Marvin, “Live a better life health and fitness expo 2015” Judges’ Comments: The music and sound effects during transitions match the feel of the event. SECOND PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison, “Carowinds unleashes the Fury 325” THIRD PLACE: Lake Wylie Pilot, Catherine Muccigrosso, “Stinky Corpse Flower blooms in Belmont, NC” NEWSPAPER’S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FIRST PLACE: Fort Mill Times, Michael Harrison Judges’ Comments: Standout entry. Entrant said “Readers are responding” and it sure looks like they are! Terrific engagement, in the form of likes, shares and comments. Also, it looks like followers are increasing at fast rates. Great job live tweeting news, events and sports. Good mix of content. Something of interest for everyone in your town! Keep up the good work! SECOND PLACE: The Moultrie News, Staff THIRD PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene, Staff INDIVIDUAL USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FIRST PLACE: Free Times, Eva Moore Judges’ Comments: Good mix of news and culture/ food/arts tweets, with lots of community engagement. Highlight is coverage of presidential election and local city beat. Quirky, informative and fun to read. SECOND PLACE: Free Times, Chris Trainor THIRD PLACE:The Moultrie News, Frankie Mansfield ASSOCIATE & INDIVIDUAL division NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION FIRST PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate, Jessica Brodie and Allison Trussell Judges’ Comments: Excellent writing and diverse content elevated The Advocate to first place in a very competitive category. SECOND PLACE: Columbia Regional Business Report, Chuck Crumbo, Chris Cox and Emily Matesi THIRD PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Staff MAGAZINE OR SPECIALTY PUBLICATION FIRSTPLACE:The Baptist Courier, Staff, “August 2015” Judges’ Comments: Strong coverage of church massacre both in words and in photographs pushed this magazine to the front in a very competitive competition. SECOND PLACE: Lake Wylie Today, Jenny Peterson and Andrew Sprague, “Fall 2015” THIRD PLACE: SCBIZ, Staff, “Summer 2015” HONORABLE MENTION: Municipal Association of South Carolina, Staff, “Shared Voices, Shared Knowledge, Shared Solutions: A History of the Municipal Association of SC” NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: S.C. Lawyers Weekly, Phillip Bantz, “Playing favorites” Judges’ Comments: Well-written article that is succinct yet includes plenty of relevant data on an incredibly important issue. SECOND PLACE: S.C. Lawyers Weekly, Phillip Bantz, “A law school on the brink” THIRD PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Liz Segrist and Ashley Heffernan, “Redefining Moment” HONORABLE MENTION: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Liz Segrist, “Investors plan to jump-start Magnolia project” FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: Municipal Association of South Carolina, Reba Campbell, “Life’s a Bike” Judges’ Comments: I went along for the rides from the first sentence to the last. Writing that made me want not only to ride my bike a lot more, but to actually sense, feel what it was like to do what she did. SECOND PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Liz Segrist, “A mayor’s perspective: 40 years of changing Charleston” THIRD PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Ashley Heffernan, “They Come in Peace” SPORTS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Columbia Regional Business Report, Chris Cox, “Hitting Paydirt” Judges’ Comments: Well-written and a strong summary of the impact of a coach and college program on a community SECOND PLACE: Ron Aiken, “No More B-Teams? SCHSL Decision Changes High School Football” THIRD PLACE: Ron Aiken, “USC: Gamecocks, Wildcats Prepare to Battle” EDITORIAL/OP-ED COLUMN FIRSTPLACE:The Catholic Miscellany, Alison Blanchet, “The grass is always greener at the Joneses” Judges’ Comments: An engaging story makes a point and the reader doesn’t see it coming. All the better to make the point mean something. SECOND PLACE: The Baptist Courier, Rudy Gray, “Domestic Abuse Is Sin” THIRD PLACE: Columbia Regional Business Report, James T. Hammond, “Haley, most lawmakers rose above partisanship” BUSINESS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Ashley Heffernan, “Everyone Eats” Judges’ Comments: Soul food for business news readers! Engaging storytelling around a unique business proposition–feeding customers because it’s the right thing to do, and letting them decide what to pay. The story delivers important and generous insight into the cultural ties between a business and its community. SECOND PLACE: GSA Business, Bill Poovey, “No noise about tax increase” THIRD PLACE: GSA Business, Matthew Clark, “Flag vote: Lawmakers express dissent” HONORABLE MENTION: Columbia Regional Business Report, Chris Cox, “Midlands on Tap” FAITH REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Catholic Miscellany, Amy Wise Taylor, “Faith & fungi” Judges’ Comments: This story easily stood out from the rest. It’s what faith writing should be about: telling the story of a group of faithful people serving man and God with brevity and humanity, and even humor. SECOND PLACE: The Baptist Courier, Butch Blume, “From childhood to retirement, Connie Maxwell has always been home” THIRD PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate, Jessica Brodie, “Jesus Christ 101”
  11. 11. 2015 News Contest Winners | 11S.C. Press Association PHOTOGRAPH FIRST PLACE: SCBIZ, Kim McManus, “Rodney Scott of Scott’s BBQ” Judges’ Comments: The composition is great here and I love that it’s shot straight on. I do wish his hand were more in focus, but overall great capture of a simple subject in an unusual and interesting way. SECONDPLACE:Columbia Regional Business Report, Chuck Crumbo, “A student at Midlands Technical College practices welding in preparation for a career in a field where there’s a shortage of workers.” THIRD PLACE: The Catholic Miscellany, Deirdre C. Mays, “Faith & Fungi” HONORABLE MENTION: The Catholic Miscellany, Mic Smith, “Church shooting” GRAPHIC DESIGN FIRST PLACE: SCBIZ, Emily Matesi, “S.C. Road Problems in Numbers” Judges’ Comments: Standout in competitive category. Edgy, clean design. Good use of colors, fonts and background art. Well done. SECOND PLACE: The Baptist Courier, Butch Blume, “By the Numbers: The Graying of America” THIRD PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Andrew Sprague, “The Road to Ridgeville” HONORABLEMENTION:Charleston Regional Business Journal, Ryan Wilcox, “Vaping Regulation Unclear” WEBSITE FIRST PLACE: Municipal Association of South Carolina, Meredith Houck, Mary Brantner, Reba Campbell, masc.sc Judges’ Comments: Attractive, organized site containing a bevy of information and resources for members and the public. The association’s site has much relevant information displayed in a approachable format. Widgets feature latest news and events with social media. Search functions are well-incorporated and contest is easy to find. Site looks great on desktop and mobile. Well done! SECONDPLACE:S.C. United Methodist Advocate, Jessica Brodie and Allison Trussell, AdvocateSC.org ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION FIRST PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Staff Judges’ Comments: Informative daily email digest with news briefs and features. Compelling content encourages click-throughs, which likely grows your print and digital audience. Mobile optimized template allows readers to stay in the know regardless of device used. Great product. Only suggestion would be to add higher priority to visuals. SECOND PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate, Jessica Brodie and Matt Brodie EVENT MARKETING FIRST PLACE ONLY: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Jane Mattingly, “Health Care Heroes” Judges’ Comments: Staff worked hard to create a cohesive experience for our readers and event guests... and it paid off! Every detail was well-designed, well-written and thoroughly incorporated into the theme. Great job! PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM FIRST PLACE ONLY: S.C. Farm Bureau Federation, Bill Johns, “Member Benefits Campaign” Judges’ Comments: Good use of limited resources to create a successful campaign. Marketing materials – especially copy and design – were well done. AP PHOTO/JOHN BAZEMORE SouthCarolinaGov.NikkiHaley signs a bill into law to take down the Confederate flagfromtheStatehouse grounds as former South Carolina gov- ernors and officials look on Thursday. AP PHOTO/JOHN BAZEMORE SouthCarolinaGov.NikkiHaley signs a bill into law to take down the Confederate flagfromtheStatehouse grounds as former South Carolina gov- ernors and officials look on Thursday. YOUR LO C AL NE WS SOURCE SINCE 1867 75₡ “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.” – Governor Nikki Haley Our state’s history and its future will always be intertwined. This morning’s seminal moment of the grounds won’t change that reality. L o make this change represents a triumphant way forward for our state. This has clearly been a hard-fought battle – one 50 years in the making. While the compromise reached 15 years ago by the General Assembly was done in ’s clear it was incomplete. Tragedy – the shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17 – has brought our state back to it. - ger We will continue to do so with the monument that will and others around Whether you supported all with respect and understanding for each position. taught the world a lesson about reconciliation and un- It is also appropriate that the thousands of souls who fought and died in battle continue and a monument is a symbol of what is past. With that also with any attempt to rename buildings or city streets or . The Legislature’s decision to it furled is both powerful and responsible. Robert E. both come together as one strong and united nation. There is no doubt a lesson in those words for our future. EDITORIAL Time to unite, heal in the Palmetto State Calendar..................5C Crossword ...............4C Comics.....................3C Dear Abby...............4C Editorials.............. 15A Living OnThe Go .....1C Sports .................... 1B Television................2C Mostly sunny. High 99. Low 71. Complete 5-day forecast, 6C General offices.....................803-648-2311 Newsroom.............................803-644-2401 INDEX CONTACT US Billy Ray Johnson, Warrenville David A. McGee, Fort Mill James Key, Jackson Deaths and Funerals, 6A AREA DEATHS WEATHER LOCAL REACTIONS Aiken County legislators react to Confederate flag removal from Statehouse location Local News, 7A South Carolina Gov. Nikkie Haley: Confederate flag coming down today, 10 a.m. State News, 8A Find out how your legislative representative voted on the Confederate flag bill Local News, 7A AROUND THE STATE Family members of nine Charleston shooting victims will receive pens used in signing of flag bill State News, 8A THIRD PLACE PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO, DAILY UNDER 16,000: Tim O’Briant, Aiken Standard FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS PHOTO, DAILY OVER 45,000: Grace Beahm, The Post and Courier
  12. 12. 12 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association UNDER 16,000 daily division BREAKING NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Arborist on Aiken oak: ‘A hazard and a liability’” Judges’ Comments: Clean writing, appropriately dealt with the subject matter, well-sourced stories. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Martha Rose Brown, Gene Zaleski, Dionne Gleaton, Princess Williams, “Man, woman, two children slain in Holly Hill” THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, The Times and Democrat Staff, “S.C. State University: Crisis comes to a head” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Rick Carpenter, “Patience required” Judges’ Comments: Thinking outside the box. Reporter talked to transportation officials in other states to find out how they dealt with flooded roadways. Valuable information and good enterprising. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Thinking Outside the MOX: A closer look at disposal alternatives” THIRD PLACE:Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Are malls dying? Outdoor retail centers now favored” REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Aiken, Edgefield hit by three tornadoes” Judges’ Comments: Strong coverage of severe weather and its aftermath, including opening a window into the work of law enforcement and EMS to prepare and respond to citizens’ needs. Strong writing. On the ground reporting. The storytelling is engaging and informative, showing readers–even those caught in the severe weather–something about their community they would not have otherwise seen. It’s what community papers should be doing, done well. SECOND PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Carlos Galarza-Veve, “Zachary Hammond” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Tim O’Briant, “Former Gov. Hodges closed S.C. to nation’s waste, hopes it stays that way” SERIES OF ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “Vietnam: They Served With Honor” Judges’ Comments: Good to get these memories, no matter how foggy, on the record while they can still be collected. Not pure-play history, but a microphone turned over to the person who lived the Vietnam War. Overwhelming in this format, but probably held readers interests when spread out over three or so months. SECONDPLACE:The Journal, Seneca, Greg Oliver and Steven Bradley, “Growth in Clemson: boom or bust?” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Savannah River Site celebrates 65th anniversary” BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Savannah River Site” Judges’ Comments: Good clear writing on difficult subject. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Konstantin Vengerowsky, “Chicken murders” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Derrek Asberry, “Body cams, domestic violence” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sumter Item, Matt Bruce, “Family feud” BUSINESS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Rick Carpenter Judges’ Comments: Carpenter does local news reporting a service with his intense look into everyday life. Whether its employees banding together or how to paint a water tower, his stories are entertaining and informative. SECONDPLACE:The Times and Democrat, Gene Zaleski THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Colin Riddle NEWS FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Gene Crider, “The tragic death of ‘Eddie Moe’” Judges’ Comments: Well told story about the loss of a local icon in a seemingly random traffic accident. SECOND PLACE:Aiken Standard, Maayan Schechter, “A village for Skylar: Local man who went through trials to adopt his daughter tells his story” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Woman seeks her missing dog” LIFESTYLE FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Dionne Gleaton, “No limit” Judges’ Comments: A well-written article that genuinely makes a reader feel good. A subject who displays toughness and a writer who handled things deftly. This barely beat out the second-place article, written by the same talented writer. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Dionne Gleaton, “Beary big heart” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Maayan Schechter, “Gloves up, guns down: Local couple helping youth through boxing” PROFILE FEATUREWRITING OR STORY FIRSTPLACE:The Beaufort Gazette, Stephen Fastenau, “Historic Pruitt’s Grocery in Beaufort to close” Judges’ Comments: Really nice storytelling. Loved the little details and the characters. Hits just the right note. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Ariel Gilreath, “Anderson nurtures flowers, children” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Mary Kate McGowan, “From the heart” SHORT STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jim Hilley, “Mayesville store heist foiled by poor planning” Judges’ Comments: I couldn’t stop laughing as I read this. You turned what could have been an average cop story into something that readers probably rushed to share on Facebook. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Ariel Gilreath, “Circle of life” THIRDPLACE:The Times and Democrat, Gene Zaleski, “Mechanics didn’t know birds, but knew to help” HONORABLE MENTION: The Times and Democrat, Gene Crider, “Saving people from collapsing bridge, firefighter plunges into water” COLUMNWRITING FIRSTPLACE:Aiken Standard, Tim O’Briant, “S.C.’s Confederate Flag flies high, keeps us low; Brian Williams may have crashed and burned after all; A small step for Hotel Aiken, a leap for John Klimm” Judges’ Comments: Three well-written columns, some local, some national, but all relevant to news at the moment. Column on Confederate flag made reasoned arguments without being overly passionate, while still capturing the emotions of the moment. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Graham Osteen, “Time to end Confederate flag discussion; Friday was a monumental day in America; Stop offshore drilling in the Atlantic” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Chris Trainor, “Pendulum can swing for Calhoun Falls; While I Breathe, I Hope; The Quiet Drive into God’s Country” HONORABLE MENTION: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting, “He is one of many, but a special one; Why you shouldn’t turn away from images of Roanoke killings; Huckabee applies beliefs with broad brush”
  13. 13. 2015 News Contest Winners | 13S.C. Press Association HUMOR COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Richard Whiting, “Seriously? Are you nuts?; As Van Halen said, go ahead and jump; I know it’s Sunday, but give me a drink ‘cause there’s a horse in my bathtub” Judges’ Comments: Like Goldilocks’ perfect bed, these columns are ‘just right’ – Just the right amount of self- deprecation to make me smile. Easy to read and relate to. I look forward to the next column. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Chris Trainor, “Woodstock at the cellphone store; I’ve Fallen (and fallen), but I keep getting up; Weapon of choice: A Pottery Barn catalog” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dan Brown, “Just like Willie Nelson’s laptop; A monster haircut; A big man drives a little car” SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “The Comeback” Judges’ Comments: The writer had a great story and knew it ... and gave it the great treatment it deserved. Wonderful use of drama and tension to turn a game story into a human drama. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “Johnson, Dixie hold off McCormick THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Kyle Dawson, “Sweet Sauce: Mustangs capture state crown” SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Eric Sprott, “Day by day: Tigers’ Schmidt continues cancer battle” Judges’ Comments: A well-written, excellent read. Full of details. SECONDPLACE:Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “All Lakelands: Swearinger thrives despite her obstacles” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Ethan Joyce, “Helping hands” HONORABLE MENTION: Index-Journal, Ethan Joyce, “In honor” SPORTS COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Robbie Tinsley, “And now we come to the airing of grievances...; When is it OK to fire a Hall of Fame coach?; Bobcats have yet another win to build upon” Judges’ Comments: Excellent storytelling, draws the reader in. SECOND PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Eric Sprott, “Not goodbye, see you over in the News pages; Saying goodbye far too soon; Tigers’ Stoudt enjoys perfect closing note” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Andrew Macke, “Deciphering the Region 2-AA playoff picture, Joyce style; Hopefully football brings back some normalcy; It’s all in a name, or a nickname” HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard/Spurs & Feathers, Brian Hand, “Spurs & Feathers in Connecticut: An adventure we’ll never forget; South Carolina showing how special it is in face of devastation, tragedy; As a lifelong Gamecock I will forever be thankful to Steve Spurrier” PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Aron Agerton, “June 23; July 11; Aug. 12” Judges’ Comments: The kick out of the frame is a great combination of image and type, as is the story package over the flag image. Very impressive skill shown. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Amy Hunter, “June 7; June 23; June 27” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Tim O’Briant, “April 28; April 29; July 10” SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRST PLACE:Aiken Standard, Amy Hunter, “June 1” Judges’ Comments: Using supporting photos to frame the lady and her crop is great, as is using the “dead space” in the main photo to place the Headline. This page is very well done. The main story is not the only one that has good design, the treatment of the header as well as the bottom story are well thought out as well. SECONDPLACE:Index-Journal, Aron Agerton, “June 23” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Melanie Smith, “June 23” FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Zack Mauldin, “April 28, May 26, Aug. 1” Judges’ Comments: The effect created by using only colors found in the images draws the whole page together very nicely. Also the use of white space and contrast to move the eye around the page is splendid well done. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, Kyle Semones, “April 9; May 7; May 14 THIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “March 22: Birders’ Paradise; Aug. 9: Back to Basics; Nov. 15: Beary Big Heart” SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “July 5, Catch the Vision” Judges’ Comments: The combination of the faint rugged back ground and the photo treatment pulled the page together in such a way that there was no doubt the story would be interesting. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Aron Agerton, “Stitch by Stitch: Aug. 9” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Amy Hunter, “Chiropractic care for children” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT, DAILY OVER 45,000: Matt Walsh, The State
  14. 14. 14 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association SPORTS PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Index-Journal, Aron Agerton, “March 5; Sept. 2; Oct. 14” Judges’ Comments: The use of the photos to emphasize but not overtake the story is great. The ability to make all the stories on the page look good not just the main story is well done. SECOND PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Robbie Tinsley, “Feb. 17; March 7; Oct. 24” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Eric Russell, “March 29; April 10; June 28” SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN FIRSTPLACE:Index-Journal,BobSimmonds,“Sept.26” Judges’ Comments: Oversized cutout jumps off the page and hammer headline grabs your attention. Design makes you want to read the page. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds, “Sept. 25” THIRDPLACE:Index-Journal, Aron Agerton, “Oct. 10” HONORABLE MENTION: Aiken Standard, Eric Russell, “March 29” INSIDE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jade Reynolds, “Witness wildlife migration events, Aug. 27” Judges’ Comments: Great use of dominant and supportive photos adds energy and harmony to the page. Elements are clearly defined but work together. Well done! SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Bob Simmonds, “Aug. 21” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Melanie Smith, “Tuning his racing skills to the MAX, Aug. 8” PHOTO PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Kristin Coker, “June 28, Emanuel Nine” Judges’ Comments: Sometimes, less is more, and that’s the case in this photo page. A strong dominant photo with nine smaller portraits is all that is needed to evoke a response from the reader. Text on the page complements the photography and does not distract. Also, good use of white space. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Melanie Smith, “Home on the range” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Jessica Stephens, “This weekend, it’s all about the Iris Festival” SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Larry Hardy, “Flea Market Fire” Judges’ Comments: The very definition of a “fully involved” structure fire. Good framing. SECOND PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Nelms, “Becky Burrell is embraced by her husband Russell after arriving at the scene and discovering her father, Franklin Hester was killed after being struck by a box truck.” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Teddy Kulmala, “Jaime Rabon and Louis Taylor who are neighbors in a Eutaw Street apartment that caught fire Wednesday Place: embrace as crews worked to finish extinguishing the blaze.” GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Sumter Item, Rick Carpenter, “Ten-year-old Trace Adams asks President Obama how old he was when he decided he wanted to be president.” Judges’ Comments: Great moment as the youngster questions the President. You focused on the child, which makes the picture. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Keith Gedamke, “Pastor Betty Deas Clark, Mount Pisgah AME Church, wipes a tear away as Reverend Marion Newton holds his head during the community prayer service at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday.” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Rick Carpenter, “Jennifer Clark wipes a tear as she explains to Gov. Nikki Haley how she and husband Curtis Clark lost everything at their residence on Browning Ridge Road in Sumter. FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “Homecoming surprise” Judges’ Comments: Now that’s a priceless moment. Her reaction is great, and is the “I’m not sure what I should do” look on the face of her escort. Great work on this one. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Rick Carpenter, “Cinda Kammermann, a minister at the Sumter First Church of the Nazarene and a breast and lung cancer survivor, gets a hug from Spiderman during the Sumter Relay For Life.” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “Tuba, Tuba, Tuba” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Theophil Syslo, “Beaufort High’s Jay Hawley gets pinned by West Oak’s Daniel Ibanez in the 145-pound match.” Judges’ Comments: The clear view of the wrestler’s face adds volumes to this well-composed image. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Donny Knight, “Armonte Prioleau of Timberland stretches out for a touchdown run at Lake Marion High School.” THIRD PLACE: The Sumter Item, Keith Gedamke, “Wilson Hall second baseman Robert James and shortstop McLendon Sears try to field an overthrow as Hammond’s Thomas Middleton dives back to second during the Barons’ 5-4 victory over Hammond in the SCISA 3A state semifinals at Baron Field.” SUNDAY MAGAZINE SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015 / C1 THE TIMES AND DEMOCRAT | WWW.THETANDD.COM AP Pallbearers release doves over the casket of Ethel Lance during her burial service in Charleston. EMANUEL NINE Rev. and Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Ethel Lance Susie Jackson Myra Thompson The Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr. Tywanza Sanders Sharonda Coleman- Singleton DePayne Middleton- Doctor Cynthia Hurd See more photos ❱❱ C6 FIRST PLACE PHOTO PAGE DESIGN, DAILY UNDER 16,000: Kristin Coker, The Times and Democrat
  15. 15. 2015 News Contest Winners | 15S.C. Press Association SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRSTPLACE:Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “Layla Williams, 2, cheers for the Fox Creek Homecoming Queens during half-time against Williston Elko.” Judges’ Comments: Glad you looked into the stands and found this child cheering. Nicely done. SECONDPLACE:Aiken Standard,Mike Adams, “Cheers” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Eric Russell, “Par 3 contest” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Amy Banton, “Paul Volz, shelter director for The Salvation Army of Aiken, stands in the middle of tent city, a small area where Aiken’s homeless sleep.” Judges’ Comments: Shooting the man in his element, in an encampment of the homeless, was a great idea. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Keith Gedamke, “From tree to treasure” THIRDPLACE:Aiken Standard, Cindy Kubovic, “Breanna Eubanks had some fun Saturday at the Aiken County Rec Center’s back-to-school giveaway.” PICTORIAL FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Mike Adams, “The North Augusta Jackets enter the playing field amid the smoke.” Judges’ Comments: A great photo that just screams to be run 6 columns. Photog in right place at right time to capture excitement of players taking the field. SECOND PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette, Delayna Earley, “The GEICO Skytypers fly in formation during the MCAS Beaufort Air Show at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Cindy Kubovic, “Village for Skylar” HONORABLEMENTION:The Beaufort Gazette, Delayna Earley, “Swampy land as seen at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area in the ACE Basin.” HUMOROUS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Dede Biles, “Jordan Pruiksma and her 3-year-old bay gelding, Fullback, are preparing for the Retired Race Horse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover competition in October.” Judges’ Comments: OK, Fullback knows how to horse around for the camera. Good shot. SECOND PLACE: The Sumter Item, Konstantin Vengerowsky, “Jamie Ridgeway holds a live striped bass as Miss Clarendon Teen Addison Hicks kisses it at the 2015 Striped Bass Festival opening ceremonies.” THIRDPLACE:The Sumter Item, Keith Gedamke, “Pastor Dan Barber, of First Baptist Church, talks about seeing God’s power every time he goes fishing.” NEWSPAPER WEBSITE FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, Staff, aikenstandard.com Judges’ Comments: Has what most would want from a website. It has aesthetic appeal, information you’re looking for and is easy enough to navigate. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, thetandd.com THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Billy Dunlap and Staff, indexjournal.com ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “Water everywhere: week of historic flooding” Judges’ Comments: A flood is big news. By posting this gallery, you shared, essentially, a dump of the visual information gathered by your staff. A great public service. Very well photographed and presented. SECOND PLACE: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Ben Terry Jr. Funeral” THIRD PLACE: The Journal, Seneca, Jessica Nelms, “East Brown Street House Fire” 2-3 TIMES WEEKLY & DAILY UNDER 16,000 divisions combined NEWS VIDEO FIRST PLACE: Aiken Standard, James Grigsby, “Aiken County Public Schools Honor Court” Judges’ Comments: Excellent visuals, interviews, and some humor, too. Gives the viewer a great insight into the great things happening in the school system. SECOND PLACE: Aiken Standard, James Grigsby, “Graniteville Cross Dedication” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, James Grigsby, “Battle of Aiken Education Day” INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal, Staff, “Upstate Business Journal print/Web coverage” Judges’ Comments: Great integration of social, multiple platforms, with video and web — cross-promoting with print. The flipbook was helpful, and an email newsletter shows thoroughness. UBJ turned a fairly standard story topic into a well-strategized project. SECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “Vietnam: They Served With Honor” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Staff, “Game of the Week high school football coverage” WEEKLY OVER 4,500 & Daily Under 16,000 divisions combined FIRST PLACE CARTOON, OPEN: Robert Ariail, The State
  16. 16. 16 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association 16,000-45,000 daily division UNDER 16,000 & 16,000-45,000 daily divisions combined PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat, Staff, “Dramatic year at S.C. State University” Judges’ Comments: You faced stiff competition from another paper in this division but the fact that you used FOIA and had been covering this issue for 10 years made you the winner. Kudos to a paper that puts this much time and effort into an issue important to its readers. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Staff, “Public safety during Memorial Day weekend” THIRD PLACE: Aiken Standard, Maayan Schechter, “Aspirational Cities Tour” HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Shamira McCray, “DHEC investigates bedbug infestation” SPORTSENTERPRISEREPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Bret McCormick, “Gray area” Judges’ Comments: Way to shed some light on this “gray area.” SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young, “CCU leaders share insight on talks with Sun Belt Conference” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Bret McCormick, “How plays get their names” PHOTOSERIESORPHOTOSTORY FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Little League Coach” Judges’ Comments: Really liked the way you told the story of the coach. Nice selection of pictures, well composed. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Faces of February” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Jayden Morrison” FEATURE VIDEO FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Delayna Earley, “The Sum of its Parts: Activities in the ACE Basin” Judges’ Comments: This video was the clear winner in this category. I was skeptical it could hold my attention given the length, but the production quality and organization around 3 types of ACE Basin visitors kept me glued to the screen. It also inspired me to think more deeply about the recreational places I visit and how they might be appreciated differently by others. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Jason Lee, “The Bee Preacher” THIRD PLACE: Index-Journal, Maddy Jones, “Margaret’s Wish” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Josh Mitelman, “Power of a pig: Lila bolsters Bluffton woman through cancer ” SPORTS VIDEO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Robby Cox, a blind bowler from Townville, bowls with Special Olympics friends at Boulevard Lanes in Anderson.” BREAKING NEWS REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “Friends, family remember North Myrtle Beach contractor killed in Afghanistan” Judges’ Comments: There were MANY well-written and well-researched entries in this category but this one stood out because Charles made readers feel like they were right there, sharing the awful news with the widow. And, he weaved a touching love story into the mix as well. Well done. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Staff, “ONE SCHOOL? District 5 looks at Hanna Westside merger” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Staff, “Four killed at Rock Hill home” ENTERPRISE REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Dan Burley and Rebecca Lurye, “Rough roads” Judges’ Comments: Approach, voice really compelling in this story — backed up with good information captured by reporters. You can tell they know the community, and thought about what kind of story would matter. The writing holds your attention well throughout. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Daniel J. Gross, Kim Kimzey, “Neighborhoods on edge - Threat to safety, property values troubles residents” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Gavin Jackson, “Crumbling buildings” Judges’ Comments: A fantastic perspective on sports from an inspirational young man. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Jason Lee, “Battle for the Bell: Conway takes back the Victory Bell from rival Myrtle Beach.” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Deandre Hopkins is one of the NFL’s best receivers, and during a few weeks of his summer, he returns to hometown Central, South Carolina to teach boys skills of the game.” NEWSPAPER’S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Staff Judges’ Comments: Record likes, shares and comments in this contest. Great interaction with readers. Good mix of newsworthy and entertaining content. Great work! SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Staff THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Staff REPORTING-IN-DEPTH FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis, “Identifying the officer in the Zachary Hammond shooting” Judges’ Comments: The reporter’s tenacity made this entry stand out. Refusing to settle for what little information authorities wanted to trickle out has paid off and will continue to pay off. Keep digging. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Nikie Mayo, “Troubled disabilities agency” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Zach Murdoch and Dan Burley, “Property Administrators” HONORABLE MENTION: The Herald, Anna Douglas, “Chester superintendent resigns” SERIES OF ARTICLES FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Bristow Marchant, “Chester County landfill fire” Judges’ Comments: Thorough, balanced coverage. Included the most important voices – those of residents, which reporters sometimes fail to include. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Anna Douglas, “Jamie Williamson/Winthop University” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Alan Blondin and Steve Jones, “Chinese investors”
  17. 17. 2015 News Contest Winners | 17S.C. Press Association BEAT REPORTING FIRSTPLACE:Morning News, Joshua Lloyd, “Public Safety” Judges’ Comments: The reporter elevated the bread-and-butter cops and courts beat with an eye for trends and timely localization. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Daniel J. Gross, “Public Safety” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “Public Safety/Crime” HONORABLE MENTION: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis, “Courts” BUSINESS BEAT REPORTING FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry Judges’ Comments: Even while telling the story of a business venture turned sour, Perry has a knack for telling the history of the business’ current situation that informs the whole issue. That interest in the history of the issue comes alive in both stories about farmers, those reeling from drought and floor, and most vividly in “Farmers seek to preserve heritage, grow family business.” All of the pieces are well researched and beautifully written. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Dan Burley THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Zach Fox HONORABLEMENTION:Independent Mail, Kirk Brown NEWS FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Island Packet, Liz Farrell, “The Crucible: No Parris Island recruit can become a Marine without surviving this test” Judges’ Comments: Richly detailed. The author hooks you from the opening line. This article stands out as the best in a deeply competitive group. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “A month after wreck claims two popular brothers, Loris still trying cope” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Amy Coyne Bredeson, “The deepest loss” HONORABLE MENTION: Herald-Journal, Daniel J. Gross, “Gardens help prisoners grow as people” LIFESTYLE FEATUREWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “For this Horry County family, riding in a hearse is an everyday experience” Judges’ Comments: A cleverly-told tale about a local family’s love for the family hearse. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Mike Ellis, “Faint shadows from centuries ago will be made public Saturday” THIRDPLACE:The Herald, Teddy Kulmala, “‘Pure magic’: Rock Hill teen dazzles at sweet 16 celebration” PROFILE FEATUREWRITING OR STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Charles D. Perry, “Eddie Dyer retiring from Coastal Carolina University after 39 years” Judges’ Comments: This story rose to the top because it contained lots of comments and quotes from others about the subject–something many entries lacked. Lots of anecdotes and quotes complimented a complete profile. SECOND PLACE:Independent Mail, Abe Hardesty, “Smith answers call of double duty in Honea Path” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Claire Byun, “Horry County Teacher of the Year known for digging ‘into soul of a child’” SHORT STORY FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Itinerant man finds a space on Myrtle Beach fishing pier” Judges’ Comments: A small story that packs a big punch. In not so many words, I felt like I got to know Franklin Cook and why home is on a fishing pier in Myrtle Beach. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Joshua Lloyd, “Florence bailiff still going strong after 71 years” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Erin Heffernan, “The Unclaimed: David “Fish Man” Myers” COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, David Lauderdale, “Mosses must go, so credibility returns; Some advice for the president as he speaks in Charleston; The day we took Daddy to the nursing home” Judges’ Comments: Direct and clear writing on important topics. If I lived in Hilton Head, I’d be looking for Lauderdale’s columns. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, James Werrell, “Lying about brave deeds is a fool’s game; Do boycotts accomplish anything?; Lowering the flag is more than symbolism” THIRD PLACE: Morning News, Don Kausler Jr., “Remember this titan of SC journalism; This bud’s for you, Mom, on this special day; An embarrassing, enduring lesson about ‘that flag’” HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News, Issac J. Bailey, “Let’s be clear: The Confederate flag has always been demeaning to black South Carolinians, even during quiet periods; Police in Myrtle Beach and elsewhere should not automatically be believed; Black defendant, white victim and the role of race in the verdict” SPOT SPORTS STORY FIRSTPLACEANDBESTOFTHEBEST:Herald- Journal, Eric Boynton, “Spieth Shines” Judges’ Comments: Eric Boynton takes the reader around Augusta National with Justin Spieth in the first round of the Masters giving us a sense of the amazement of both the crowd and the other players in Spieth’s group as the young golfer tore through Amen Corner in the opening round. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Todd Shanesy, “Terriers upset ‘Pack at buzzer” THIRD PLACE:Herald-Journal, Kevin Melton, “Rivals have fond memories of ‘The American Dream” SPORTS FEATURE STORY FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Ryan Young, “CCU’s Moglia teaching ‘Life After Football’” Judges’ Comments: Great story. It’s a great topic that I haven’t seen elsewhere and well told. SECOND PLACE:The Island Packet, Dan Burley, “Meet the man who’s changing the Bluffton golf industry” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton, “Who needs a seat?” HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Scott Chancey, “High school hero” BEST OF THE BEST NEWS PHOTO: Ken Ruinard, Independent Mail
  18. 18. 18 | 2015 News Contest Winners S.C. Press Association SPORTS COLUMNWRITING FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Bob Dalton, “An open letter to the Dolphins; No reason to fight over Rebels nickname; Dutch Fork’s Colburn got a raw deal from Louisville Petrino” Judges’ Comments: A sports columnist that uses his platform to fight for social justice, amazing. This writer takes the reader beyond the field of play and makes his work more about the common good than the scores, it is a refreshing approach. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Andrew Dys, “York teen’s ‘beautiful heart’ beats after death; ‘Be the ball?’ Golfers turn to yoga to help their game; Girl, 12, dedicates her golf game to memory of dad - lost in Iraq war” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Eric Boynton, “Harbour Town’s Stoic King; Leggett’s run at Clemson nears end; Clemson, SC blew it on Dorman standout” PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Abigail Westcott, “Aug. 9; Aug. 16; Aug. 23” Judges’ Comments: Three pages that demand a passerby or reader to engage in their content. Strong balance and structure while making a bold statement. (It’s too bad that some of these were not entered as singles and the same for pages who finished second and third in this category.) SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Sandra Ross, “Oct. 5; Aug. 7; July 11” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Kate Sievers, “Jan. 29; March 1; Nov. 7” SINGLE PAGE ONE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Mandy Buff, “July 11: A new era begins” Judges’ Comments: The headline. “A new era begins” sums up why this page from the Morning News was the clear winner. There was forethought from the newsroom on what the message was that day and the photographer captured a powerful moment as the honor guard carries the flag away from an empty flag pole while hundreds watch. The designer leaned forward with their community. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Kate Sievers, “Jan. 29: Finally Justice” THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet, Sandra Ross, “May 17” FEATURE PAGE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, R. Keith Hatchell, “Desserts around the area: Dec. 28; Marshall Tucker Band: April 2; Traveling through a time warp: June 28” Judges’ Comments: Each of the three pages shows a different approach to feature design. The designer let the stories and images set the design path. The table-top images of the many desserts tantalizes the reader, the bold illustration for the band grabs the reader, while the documentary images from Cuba tells its own story. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, Sandra Ross, “Sept. 20; Oct. 3; Oct. 24” SINGLE FEATURE PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: The Island Packet, Lindsay Trapp, “Aug. 14” Judges’ Comments: Fresh and inviting, this design brings the main illustration, headline and breakout boxes of info together for the reader. Nicely done, “For the reader” item that separates itself from the other content, while drawling the readers attention to the correction. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, R. Keith Hatchell, “retrofest 2015: Feb. 5” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Jeff Nowak, “Honey, we’re home; Feb. 7” SPORTSPAGEDESIGNPORTFOLIO FIRST PLACE: The Herald, Matt Memrick, “Sept. 4; Sept. 25; Nov. 9” Judges’ Comments: Clean and very readable with excellent use of photography. The use of subheads and other breakout elements helps the reader move through the content and easily come away with lots of tidbits of information sports fans love. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Stephen Guilfoyle, “Nov. 29; Jan. 3; Jan. 23” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Chris Noble, “March 20; Aug. 25; Oct. 7” SINGLE SPORTS PAGE DESIGN FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Stephen Guilfoyle, “Nov. 29” Judges’ Comments: Lots of elements, almost complete lack of gray space, good use of photos both in boxes and in cutouts, and a variety of headline types are what makes this page stand out. SECOND PLACE: The Island Packet, John Hansen, “Sept. 28” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Maegan Smith, “June 28” INSIDE PAGE DESIGN FIRSTPLACE:The Island Packet, Lisa Wilson, “July 18” Judges’ Comments: Excellent use of feature photo, nice layout of stories. SECOND PLACE: The Herald, Tracy Yochum, “Sept. 20 Insight” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Kody Timmers, “Sept. 24 Insight” SPOT NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Smoke and flames” Judges’ Comments: Nice eye, finding an interesting picture of firefighters at work. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Restaurant fire” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “Firefighters with multiple departments battle a fire at a fatal accident involving a tanker on Interstate-26.” Image from Daily Photojournalist of the Year Gerry Melendez’s portfolio, The State
  19. 19. 2015 News Contest Winners | 19S.C. Press Association GENERAL NEWS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr, “The look of a child” Judges’ Comments: Quite a picture. He certainly doesn’t look 18 years old as he makes his first appearance before a judge. Really nice work. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Spelling Bee Woes” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Animals seized” FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “Steve Jennings has a riding partner as he mows at his home in the Mayo community.” Judges’ Comments: That’s just an amazing situation to capture. Nicely composed. SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr, “Ice Cream at the County Fair” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “Father Daughter Dance” SPORTS ACTION PHOTO FIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Lake City High School’s Keenan Graham is tagged out – and upended – by Wilson High School’s Mason Park as he tries to hurdle his way to home plate.” Judges’ Comments: Wrestling or baseball? Looks like this runner is about to get body slammed in addition to being tagged out. The expression on the umpire’s face adds a lot to the image. Great moment! SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Diving catch” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Head Over Heels” SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr., “Coach and the high jumpers” Judges’ Comments: You turned away from the action and found a revealing sidelight on the bench. Great job! SECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Spot light Cam” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “The Spartanburg Methodist College Pioneers battle the Surry Community College Knights.” PERSONALITY PHOTOGRAPH OR PORTRAIT FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Queen Quet” Judges’ Comments: One of the most unusual portrait/personality shots I’ve ever seen. The hands tell a lot about the person. Good work! SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Digital man” THIRD PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Trumpet” PICTORIAL FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Amphitheater” Judges’ Comments: The rows of seats radiate outward like ripples in a pond. A very serene photograph. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Ken Ruinard, “Picture perfect” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “A tiny flower, covered with ice, stands in the newly- fallen snow.” HUMOROUS PHOTO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Mohawk” Judges’ Comments: Graduations are not the staid events they once were, as this almost-graduate demonstrates. Great shot. SECOND PLACE: The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan, “A squirrel steals a bag of Fritos from an unguarded golf cart.” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Rabid Panther Fan” PHOTO ILLUSTRATION FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal, Tim Kimzey, “Child Abuse” Judges’ Comments: Quite well done, on a subject that’s huge for all of us. Nice lighting and composition. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Veasey Conway, “Deflategate” THIRD PLACE: Herald-Journal, John Byrum, “Distracted Driving” NEWSPAPERWEBSITE FIRST PLACE: Morning News, Matthew Robertson and Justin Johnson, scnow.com Judges’ Comments: Local content is easy to find, as are features that engage readers, such as contests and an opinion poll. Navigation options are varied, allowing for different user preferences, and options are clearly marked. Site includes lots of community content and photos, and a searchable calendar. SECOND PLACE: Independent Mail, Staff, independentmail.com THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Staff, myrtlebeachonline.com INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE FIRST PLACE:Morning News, Justin Johnson, Melissa Rollins and Shamira McCray, “Biggest Loser” Judges’ Comments: An ambitious, well-thought-out, wonderfully executed project with a mix of print and digital pieces that makes it easy for the audience to stay interested. A great way to involve members of the community while inspiring others. Great work. SECONDPLACE:The Island Packet, Staff, “Parris Island” THIRDPLACE:The Island Packet, Staff, “Reader photos” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Staff, “Reader comments” NEWSVIDEO FIRST PLACE: Independent Mail, Sefton Ipock, “Baby Leonna still missing” Judges’ Comments: Good video. Good audio. The audio was more even compared to some other videos submitted. A heartfelt story with touching moments but not too long. Well done. SECOND PLACE: Morning News, Justin Johnson, “Dancing with the Stars of Florence” THIRD PLACE: The Sun News, Jason Lee, “Good Samaritans of Pitch Landing” HONORABLE MENTION: The Island Packet, Theophil Syslo, “Life over Limb” ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY FIRST PLACE: The Sun News, Jason Lee, “Friday Evacuations from Dunbar” Judges’ Comments: In addition to getting photos that showed what was happening, you caught the expressions in people’s faces – especially the worry and sense of “what now?” SECONDPLACE:TheSunNews,JasonLee,“BeePreacher” THIRD PLACE: The Herald, Jeff Sochko, “UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Finals” HONORABLE MENTION: Morning News, Joshua Lloyd, “Lynches River Flooding” THIRD PLACE PHOTO SERIES OR PHOTO STORY, DAILY 16,000-45,000 & UNDER 16,000 COMBINED: Janet Blackmon Morgan, The Sun News

×