Times-News wins 8 awards at state press association contest

12.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Times-News took home eight awards from the 2018 North Carolina Press Association Editorial Contest, drawing praise for its website, newspaper design, prep football preview section and writing, from investigative reporting to education and feature reporting.

“I’m proud of our staff and all of the hard work and dedication they put into covering our community,” Managing Editor Jennifer Heaslip said. “It’s always nice to be recognized by fellow journalists, but our main goal is, as always, to serve our readers with quality reporting about issues important to them in Henderson County.”

First place winners were:

  • Education Reporting: Andrew Mundhenk

Second place winners were:

  • Education Reporting: Derek Lacey
  • Special Section: Dean Hensley, Joey Millwood

Third place winners were:

  • News Feature: Joey Mundhenk
  • Investigative Reporting: Derek Lacey
  • Feature Photography: Derek Lacey
  • General Excellence for Websites: Times-News staff
  • Best Feature Section Design: GateHouse Media Center for News and Design

Five from GateHouse named as E&P’s 25 Under 35

5.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

GateHouse Media is proud to celebrate five employees who were recently named among Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 in the media profession.

According to E&P: “This year’s list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren’t afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they’re working hard to make sure it has a future.”

GateHouse employees recognized were:

Zach Dennis, 26

Multimedia content editor

Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Ga.

Stephanie Highfill, 29

Multimedia sales executive

Hot Springs Village Voice

Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Hunter Ingram, 28

Food, drink and leisure editor and TV columnist

StarNews and

Wilmington, N.C.

Rob Miller, 33

Digital editor

The Bulletin

Norwich, Conn.

Brittany Prendiville, 27

Digital marketing strategist

GateHouse Media

Worcester, Mass.

To view the other winners and to read Q&As for each, visit E&P’s website.

GateHouse investigative team wins innovation award

5.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

GateHouse Media’s national investigations team was recently given the Innovation award by The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, as part of its 24th annual Best in Business competition, which recognized outstanding business journalism from 2018.

The award was for the investigative project, Failure to Deliver. The data-rich series revealed how the rise of out-of-hospital births puts mothers and infants at risk. The project has won several other coveted awards, including first place for Best Digital News Project under 750,000 unique visitors, from Local Media Association.

According to The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, Submissions for the Best in Business content came from 175 news organizations.

Winners will accept their awards during The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s annual conference in May.

Dispatch wins national award for prescription-drug reporting

1.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Dispatch Side Effects series on the cost of prescription drugs is being honored with a national award.

The National Institute of Healthcare Management Foundation announced Friday that the on-going series won the foundation’s 25th annual Print Journalism Award. Among the finalists were The New York Times, The Washington Post and others.

“The competition for our print journalism awards this year was among the most intense we’ve seen in our 25-year history, and we commend the winners and all the finalists for their powerful reporting,” foundation CEO Nancy Chockley said in a statement.

The year-long Dispatch series examines how pharmacy benefit managers such as CVS Caremark, OptumRx and Express Scripts, use opaque pricing and rebate practices to bill more than they’re paying many pharmacies that dispense the drugs.

The reporting also has shown how CVS cut reimbursements to independent pharmacists and then offered to buy their stores. In addition, the series has examined “patient steering.” For example, pharmacy benefit managers in some instances have forced cancer and AIDS patients to stop obtaining their complex medications from their local clinics and instead require them to get medicine from the PBMs’ own mail-order pharmacies despite problems with the practice.

As the series unfolded, the Ohio legislature began work on several law changes to address issues revealed in the series, multiple other states launched their own investigations and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost initiated what he says was the first of what he expects will be several lawsuits.

At the same time, the Trump administration has set a priority of creating transparency in the prescription-drug supply chain, particularly around the functions of pharmacy benefit managers.

Details revealed in the stories also have been cited as concerns by groups such as the American Medical Association in their efforts to stop the merger of the CVS pharmacy chain and Aetna, the insurance company.

Dispatch reporters Catherine Candisky, Marty Schladen and Lucas Sullivan have worked on the project with Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland, along with many other members of the Dispatch staff. Web producer Rachel Kilroy created and maintains the website and worked with Sullivan to create and maintain an online drug-price look-up tool that allows consumers to check baseline prices of prescription drugs.

The award will be presented on May 13 in Washington, D.C.

“This award has become probably the most prestigious award you can win for health care journalism,” said John Carreyrou, a Wall Street Journal reporter who has won the award and who served on this year’s selection panel.

Fayetteville Observer earns 45 awards, including top honor, in state contest

22.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Fayetteville Observer recently took home 45 journalism and advertising awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including top honors for coverage of Hurricane Florence, local government reporting, photography and sports.

Among the first-place awards was General Excellence, a category in which the Observer competes with other newspapers its size across the state.

Staff photographer Melissa Sue Gerrits, winner of eight awards, was named the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year.

A separate award, from The Associated Press, recognized the Observer’s legal fight against courthouse secrecy. The newspaper challenged the sealing of a Cumberland County civil case involving Fayetteville automobile dealer Mike Lallier and allegations of sex abuse of minors. In December, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled in the Observer’s favor, reaffirming the public’s right to access court records in a case that likely sets precedent in this state. For the work of former senior reporter Greg Barnes, who covered the Lallier case for nearly two years, the Observer earned the the first place Senator Sam Award for outstanding open government reporting, competing against the largest newspapers in the state.

In all, the Observer won 18 first-place honors from the N.C. Press Association, including general news reporting and online breaking news coverage of Florence in September, when the Observer’s entire newsroom under senior news editor Lorry Williams operated 24 hours a day to provide updates during the flooding disaster.

Gerrits, the photographer of the year, also won first and second-place for photo essays; first place for feature photography; first and second place for spot photography; and third place for sports feature photo and general news photography.

“I am incredibly proud of the work that every member of our newsroom has done in the past year,” said Matt Leclercq, the Observer’s executive editor. “This is the most number of awards the Observer has ever earned from the press association, as far as I know, and they reflect how dedicated all of our journalists are to telling our community’s stories.”

Other first-place awards given Tuesday night were:

  • City/county government reporting: Monica Vendituoli and Greg Barnes, for coverage of Fayetteville City Council violations of the state’s Open Meetings Law.
  • Sports enterprise writing: Sammy Batten, for his “Game Changers: The Rise of Football in North Carolina” series, for which Batten and Hrisanthi Kroi also won best multimedia project.
  • Election/political reporting: Paul Woolverton
  • Arts and entertainment reporting: Monica Holland, who also won third place for another arts and entertainment entry, feature writing and lighter columns.
  • Business writing: Monica Vendituoli
  • Lighter columns: Myron B. Pitts, who also won second place for Serious Columns and third place for editorials.
  • General news photography and sports feature photography: Andrew Craft.
  • Advertising, best newspaper promotion: Eddie Harris for the FayWhat? project. Harris also earned second place for special sections and third place for advertising use of color.
  • Best illustration or graphic

Additional second-place awards were:

  • Deadline news reporting: Nancy McCleary and Michael Futch for their coverage of the arrest of the alleged Ramsey Street rapist.
  • News enterprise reporting: Barnes for his series “In the Dark: The Story Behind GenX.”
  • Editorials and best editorial page: Tim White.
  • General news reporting: Amanda Dolasinski.
  • Best sports coverage
  • Special section: “Hurricane Matthew: Stories from the Storm.”
  • Advertising institutional ad

Other third-place awards were:

  • Online breaking news coverage
  • Sports enterprise writing: Jaclyn Shambaugh, for her report on Cumberland County taking steps to bar “hot” bats. She also placed third for sports news reporting
  • Best multimedia project: The sports team’s 2018-19 high school football season preview
  • Special section: “Fort Bragg: 100 Years”
  • Sports columns: Rodd Baxley
  • Illustration: Mariano Santillan
  • Beat news reporting: Steve DeVane and Greg Barnes for coverage of the GenX contamination

GateHouse wins LMA Digital Innovation Awards

7.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Local Media Association recognized GateHouse in its honored annual contest recognizing the best digital innovation in the media industry, with newspapers, radio and TV stations, and news websites all vying for these coveted awards.

Rebecca Capparelli, GateHouse Media’s Vice President of Promotions, was awarded top honors as Local Media Digital Innovator of the Year, which “recognizes a digital media rock star that delivers fantastic results for their company by pioneering new concepts and experimenting in new and creative ways.” Judges cited Rebecca’s inspiring leadership and her phenomenal work in driving promotions revenue growth from $0 to $20 million in just three years.

Other LMA award winners included:

The Austin American-Statesman: First place for Best Local Website above 750,000 unique visitors.

GateHouse Media’s National Investigations Team, GateHouse Media’s de//space and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: First place for Best Digital News Project under 750,000 unique visitors, Failure to Deliver

GateHouse Media Promotions: Second place for Best Contest and/or Promotion above 750,000 unique visitors, Ultimate Bucket List Challenge Sweepstakes

GateHouse Media Digital Audio: Second place for Best Audio and/or Voice Strategy, From the Newsroom

GateHouse newsrooms honored with more than 40 APSE contest wins

5.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

Numerous GateHouse Media newsrooms were recently named winners in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest. The APSE awards are judged by sports editors from across the United States, and honor work published in 2018.

Ten media organizations in each of the four size categories won triple crowns, with multiple top 10 honors. GateHouse Media winners were The Oklahoman, in Category B, and The Tuscaloosa News, in Category D. Awards will be presented in June at the APSE summer convention, to take place in Atlanta.

Other GateHouse Media winners included:

Daily Sections

The Oklahoman, Category B

Peoria Journal Star, Category C

The Tuscaloosa News, Category D

Sunday Sections

The Oklahoman, Category B

Special Sections

The Oklahoman, Category B

Daytona Beach News-Journal, Category B

Peoria Journal Star, Category C

The Tuscaloosa News, Category D


The Hawk Eye, Category D

The Tuscaloosa News, Category D

Action Photo

Ricardo Brazziell, Austin American-Statesman, B Category

Philip Hall, Savannah Morning News, C Category

Beat Writing

Adam Kemp, The Oklahoman, B Category

Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Terrin Waack, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Breaking News

Alex Riley, Wilmington StarNews, C Category

Travis Hines, Ames Tribune, D Category

Dylan Montz, Ames Tribune, D Category

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, D Category


Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman, B Category

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, D Category

Joey Chandler, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category


Nathan Ruiz, The Oklahoman, B Category

Wes Huett, Peoria Journal Star, C Category

Dave Reynolds, Peoria Journal Star, C Category

Alex Riley, Wilmington StarNews, C Category

Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, D Category


Alex Riley, Wilmington StarNews, C Category

Feature Photo

Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, B Category

Nick Wagner, Austin American-Statesman, B Category

Ron Johnson, Peoria Journal Star, C Category

Gary Cosby, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Game Story

Joey Chandler, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

Ryne Dennis, Athens Banner-Herald, D Category

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, D Category


Staff, The Oklahoman, B Category


Jenni Carlson, Adam Kemp and Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman, B Category


Dave Morris, The Oklahoman, B Category

Mike Foster, Wilmington StarNews, C Category

Joshua Jones, Athens Banner-Herald, D Category

Sa’Riah Ponder, The Tuscaloosa News, D Category

GateHouse Live wins 2019 Mega-Innovation Award at Key Executives Mega-Conference

5.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

LAS VEGAS — GateHouse Live Events & Promotions won the 2019 Mega-Innovation Award at the Key Executives Mega-Conference, announced recently in Las Vegas. The award identifies and rewards companies that are successfully transitioning their businesses to take advantage of emerging trends in media and marketing.

GateHouse Live specializes in delivering world-class live and digital events for the media industry and the communities they serve. In 2015, before the live events and promotions division was created, GateHouse Media generated less than $1 million in event and promotion-related revenue. GateHouse Live rolled out in 2016 and grew that revenue to $11 million the first year. GateHouse Live ended 2018 with more than $44 million in revenue.

“Events and promotions remain perfect fits for media companies,” said Jason Taylor, president of GateHouse Live. “By leveraging our local media assets we are able to attract and engage audiences while creating meaningful return for our sponsors through leads and data. Our promotions offer local sponsors the opportunity to engage potential customers in creative ways that are generating excitement and results.”

GateHouse Live is creating meaningful experiences for hundreds of thousands in communities all over the country, from community choice and high school sports awards to kids expos to obstacle course races.

With the addition of Rugged Events, a Shark Tank success story, GateHouse Live now hosts more than 460 events in more than 300 markets in North America, with 650,000 annual attendees, and a database of more than 5.1 million users. GateHouse Live is also the only national media events and promotions company to own and operate a network of endurance events across the country.

“Owning both events and media outlets in local markets allows us to deeply connect with communities while also providing a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind platform for our partners to engage with consumers in a meaningful and impactful way,” said Taylor.

Joining GateHouse Live as one of the three finalists for the award was the Austin American-Statesman, a GateHouse Media publication. The Statesman was recognized for its Austin 360 Studio Sessions: a live stream, ad-sponsored, half-hour music show capitalizing on Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.

The Mega-Innovation Award is sponsored annually by the Inland Press Association, Local Media Association, News Media Alliance and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

About GateHouse Live Events & Promotions

GateHouse Live is an event production company based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that specializes in delivering world-class events for media industry and the communities they serve. Their events fall into four main categories: expos, awards, races and music. For additional information, visit

GateHouse Media Publications Receive Several Recognitions at 10th Annual Second Street Awards

5.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

Pittsford, New York — GateHouse Media recently took home the top honor and a multitude of other accolades at the 10th Annual Second Street Awards. The awards honor the biggest and brightest promotions success stories from more than 4,000 Second Street media partners.

GateHouse Media had more than 30 nominations and won numerous categories, including Best Group-Wide Strategy, Campaign of the Year and People’s Choice Award for most creative promotion.

“We are honored to be recognized with the Best Group-Wide Strategy for the third year in a row,” said Rebecca Capparelli, Vice President of Promotions. “In this extremely competitive field, it is a high honor and a reflection of the good work our markets are doing with promotions — and the great results we are bringing to our advertising partners.”

GateHouse Media’s Seacoast Media Group landed the honor of Campaign of the Year with its advertiser campaign for Harbor Eye, a local eye care center. Seacoast Media Group pitched a quiz bundle about eye health, resulting in three months of revenue for Seacoast Media Group and about 250 new patients.

GateHouse Media also won the following Second Street Awards:

● Best Advertiser Campaign: Seacoast Media Group’s Harbor Eye Vision Health Quiz Bundle

● Best Multi-Market Campaign: GateHouse Media’s Blockbuster Bucket List Sweepstakes

● People’s Choice Award: Holland Michigan’s Doggie Dating Contest

● Best Advertiser Program: Pocono Record

● Best Mid-Market Performance: Rockford Register Star

● Best Market Best Group-Wide Strategy: GateHouse Media

● Best Birthday Email: Aberdeen American News

In addition, GateHouse Media and its publications were named finalists in 22 categories. Those titles included the Columbus Dispatch, Florida Times-Union, Seacoast Media Group, Akron Beacon Journal, Savannah Morning News, Columbus CEO, Canton Repository, Rockford Register Star, Northwest Florida Daily News, Pocono Record, Aberdeen American News, Gonzalez Weekly Citizen, Holland Sentinel, Lubbock Avalanche Journal and the Providence Journal.

About GateHouse Media, LLC

GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing and business services. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, as measured by its 146 daily publications. As of December 30, 2018, the company operates in over 580 markets across 37 states, reaching over 22 million people on a weekly basis and serves over 199,000 business customers. For more information regarding GateHouse Media, please visit

About Second Street Media

Second Street is an audience engagement software platform used by more than 4,000 media companies and marketers to run contests and interactive content — such as personality quizzes, sweepstakes, photo contests, and more — to generate digital revenue, grow email databases, and engage audiences. For more information, please visit


GateHouse Media

Lori Catron, Vice President Marketing Strategy & Communications


GateHouse newsrooms among E&P’s “10 Newspapers That Do It Right”

5.03.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

Edior & Publisher recently named its annual “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” recognizing some of the most diverse ideas in the industry. Three GateHouse newsrooms were among those recognized, with two others receiving honorable mention.

GateHouse winners included:

The Cape Cod Times experimented with new digital engagement initiatives including Facebook-podcast hybrids, a show highlighting local events and Curious Cape Cod, which encourages readers to submit questions for investigative reporting. These efforts resulted in nearly 20 percent page view growth.

The StarNews’s multifaceted readership initiative led to a new magazine, multiple event sponsorships, an aggressive digital subscription drive, and a commitment to creating additional content aimed at driving key demographics in the Cape Fear market.

The Columbus Dispatch was recognized for its investigative series on prescription drug pricing — the culmination of months of reporting, source development and the building of an impressive drug price database that is updated monthly and has been used by thousands of people.

Newspapers that received honorable mention were the Hot Springs Village Voice of Hot Springs Village, AK, and the Journal Star, of Peoria, IL.

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