Reporter wins ninth-straight General Excellence award
FROM STAFF REPORTS
COLUMBIANA – Shelby County Newspapers Inc. earned the Alabama Press Association’s top editorial award for the ninth-straight year during the association’s annual awards banquet on June 20.
Shelby County Newspapers also won the APA’s top advertising award, bringing the company’s total number of APA awards to 48 this year.
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.
Shelby County Newspapers Inc. publishes the Shelby County Reporter, Alabaster Reporter, Pelham Reporter, Helena Reporter, 280 Reporter, Shelby Living and Hoover’s Magazine.
The Shelby County Reporter competes in category C against other large weekly newspapers.
This year marks the ninth-consecutive year the Shelby County Reporter has won the General Excellence award, which is the top editorial award given in the APA’s Better Newspaper Contest.
Shelby County Newspapers Inc. received the following awards in this year’s contest:
Best Lifestyles Page: First place
Best Local News Coverage: First place
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 Newspaper Website: Second place
Best Sports Page: Second place
Best Local Economic Coverage: Second place
Best Local Education Coverage: Second place
Best Use of Photographs: Second place
Best Layout and Design: Second place
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 Presswork: Third place
Best Editorial Page or Section: Third place
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 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