Shelby County Reporter wins 34 APA awards

Published 12:44 pm Friday, May 22, 2015


COLUMBIANA – Shelby County Newspapers Inc. earned 34 editorial and advertising awards in the preliminary results of the Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The APA announced results in several categories on May 20, but many categories, such as story of the year, ad of the year and general excellence, will be announced at the APA Summer Convention on June 20.

Seventy newspapers submitted 2,888 entries in the editorial contest, and 44 newspapers submitted 1,032 entries in the advertising contest. The entries were judged by the Tennessee Press Association.

The Shelby County Reporter competes in category C against other large weekly newspapers.

Shelby County Newspapers Inc. received the following awards:


Editorial awards


Best Special Section: First place for Profile


Best Photo Essay: First place for “Winner take all” by Jon Goering


Best News Feature Story: First Place for “A City’s Love” by Neal Wagner


Best Sports Feature Story: First place for “One-Wheeled Warriors” by Neal Wagner


Best In-Depth News Coverage: Second place for 2014 winter storm coverage by staff


Best Feature Story: Second place for “One-Wheeled Warriors” by Neal Wagner


Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage: Second place for “Sullivan cycling record” by Drew Granthum


Best News Photo: Second place for “Purple versus Gold” and third place “Students cheer” by Jon Goering


Best Sports Photo: Second place for “Rider on bucking bronco” by Jon Goering


Best Use of Graphics and Illustrations: Third place for “In your neighborhood” by Jamie Dawkins and Amanda Porter


Best Headline: Third place for “Building character”


Best Niche Publication: Second place for Shelby Living


Creative Use of Multimedia: Third place for interactive special sections
Best Online Breaking News: Second place for 2014 winter storm coverage by staff and third place for “Missing diver” by Molly Davidson


Best Use of Social Media: Second place for “Trending” and third place for “Spotted”


Best Presswork: Third place


Advertising awards


Best Classified Section: Second Place


Best Single Ad over 1/2 Page Color: First and third place for Rhett McCreight’s Vulcan Termite ads


Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section: First place for Profile, second place for Football magazine and third place for Buck Creek Festival Guide


Best One-Time Special Section: First Place for Election Guide, second place for Pelhambration Guide


Best Advertising Campaign: Second Place for Rhett McCreight’s Vulcan Termite campaign


Best Original/Creative Idea: Second Place for Rhett McCreight’s Vulcan Termite campaign


Best Classified Display Ad: Second place for Kim McCulla’s USA Tax Service ad


Best Niche Publication: Second place for Hoover’s Magazine


Best Presentation for Online Advertising: First place


Best Innovative Online Advertising: First place for Meagan Mims’ Coolbox ad, second place for Rhett McCreight’s Re/Max ad, third place for Ashley Duckett’s Heart of Dixie Railroad ad


Best Online Revenue Builder: Second place for daily emails

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