Shelby County Newspapers Inc. earns 40 APA awards

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Shelby County Newspapers Inc. earned a total of 40 editorial, advertising and magazine awards in the preliminary results of the Alabama Press Association’s Media Awards, which were announced on May 17.

SCNI publishes the Shelby County Reporter, 280 Reporter, Alabaster Reporter, Helena Reporter, Pelham Reporter, Shelby Living, Vestavia Hills Magazine, Mountain Brook Magazine, Homewood Life and Hoover’s Magazine.

The APA has announced winners in several categories, but many categories, such as story of the year, ad of the year, general excellence, magazine of the year and advertising sweepstakes, will be announced at the APA Summer Convention in Orange Beach on June 29.

This year, 90 publications submitted 3,394 entries in the editorial and magazine contest, and the entries were judged by the Illinois Press Association.

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

Shelby County Newspapers Inc. received the following awards:

Editorial contest:

-First place in the Best News Feature Story category for “People are dying” by Neal Wagner

-First place in the Best Local Sports Column category for “JJ Evans’ story is an inspiring one” by Alec Etheredge

-First place in the Online Breaking News Coverage category for coverage of the fatal Galleria police shooting by Stephen Dawkins

-First place in the Best Niche Publication category for “Shelby County football 2018” by Alec Etheredge

-Second place in the Online Breaking News Coverage category for Kat West murder coverage by Briana Harris

-Second place in the Best Niche Publication category for “Profile 2018” by staff

-Second place in the Best Local Sports Column category for “Fred Yancey deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame” by Alec Etheredge

-Second place in the Best News Photo category for “Celebrating America” by Keith McCoy

-Second place in the Best Humorous Column category for “Shelby County’s dragstrips” by Neal Wagner

-Second place in the Best Editorial Column or Commentary category for “We’re all part of the solution” by Neal Wagner

-Second place in the Best Sports News In-depth Coverage category for “U.S Women’s Open” by Alec Etheredge and Keith McCoy

-Second place in the Best Photo Essay category for “Fun in fair weather” by Keith McCoy

-Second place in the Best Sports Feature Story category for “Witnessing his father’s death fuels JJ Evans” by Alec Etheredge

-Second place in the Best Sports Photo category for “Legends on the links” by Keith McCoy

-Third place in the Best Use of Social Media category for “Weekly football show” by Alec Etheredge

-Third place in the Best News Photo category for “Having fun with faith” by Keith McCoy

-Third place in the Best Sports Feature Story category for “Playing for three hearts” by Alec Etheredge

 

Magazine contest:

-First place in the Best Single Feature Story category for “Homewood’s Gentleman’s Quarter” in Homewood Life by Melanie Peeples

-Second place in the Best Personality Profile category for “A Force of Nature” in Vestavia Hills Magazine by Melanie Peeples

-Second place in the Best Themed Issue category for “Homewood’s Best” in Homewood Life

-Third place in the Best Single Photograph category for “New Crops in Familiar Places” in Shelby Living by Dawn Harrison

-Third place in the Best Individual Website category for Homewoodlife.com

-Third place in the Best Single Ad category for “Ditsy Daisy” in Homewood Life

 

Advertising contest:

-First place in the Best Classified Page or Section category

-First place in the Best Classified Display Ad category for “Kelly Services” by Rachel Henderson

-First place in the Best Use of Humor category for “280 Animal Medical Center” by Kim McCulla

-First place in the Best Presentation of Online Advertising category

-First place in the Best Innovative Online Advertising – Single Ad category for “Shelby Humane Society” by Kim McCulla

-First place in the Best Niche Publication category for “Shelby County Football 2018”

-First place in the Best Advertising Campaign category for “J&M Tank” by Kim McCulla

-First place in the Best Single Ad over half-page black and white category for “CityFest” by Daniel Holmes

-Second place in the Best Innovative Online Advertising – Single Ad category for “Chelsea Orthodontics” by Kim McCulla

-Second place in the Best Niche Publication category for “Shelby County Visitors and Newcomers Guide”

-Second place in the Best One-Time Special Section category for “Election Guide”

-Second place in the Best Use of Humor category for “280 Animal Medical Center” by Kim McCulla

-Second place in the Best Original/Creative Idea category for “Andrews Family Dental” by Kim McCulla

-Third place in the Best Original/Creative Idea category for “Chelsea Chiropractic” by Kim McCulla

-Third place in the Best Single Ad over half-page black and white category for “Chamber”

-Third place in the Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section category for “Profile 2018”

-Third place in the Best Advertising Campaign category for “280 Animal Medical Center” by Kim McCulla