Statesman Studio earns two Davey Awards

29.11.2018 John Crouch Awards

From an original story by Stateman Studio staff.

Statesman Studio was recently honored with two Davey Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for video production and integrated marketing campaigns it produced for Brookfield Residential.

According the the Davey Awards website, “David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock — the sort of thing small agencies do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the ‘Creative Davids’ who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.”

Studio earned a Gold Davey for online film and video documentary production for “Kissing Tree: the Documentary,” a project that took nearly two years in the making. Studio also earned a Silver Davey for Integrated Campaign Promotional/Branding” for Brookfield’s “Your Life Happens Here” brand campaign.

The pair of Davey’s bring Studio’s awards total to more than a dozen industry awards for Studio over the past 26 months.

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Herald-Tribune, Oklahoman win EPPY awards

25.10.2018 John Crouch Awards

Editor & Publisher magazine recently announced the winners of its 2018 EPPY awards, which included the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Oklahoman.

The Herald-Tribune won in the Best Use of Data/Infographics on a Website category in the under 1 million unique monthly visitors division for its “One War. Two Races.” investigation. The project revealed how laws dating back to the crack cocaine epidemic continue to prejudice black defendants, even as the drug crisis shifts out of minority neighborhoods.

The Oklahoman won in the Best Promotional/Marketing Campaign category in the under 1 million unique monthly visitors division for its Former Subscribers Campaign, which was created to re-engage past subscribers that had ended their subscriptions. The direct mail campaign resulted in the paper regaining 2,419 subscribers.

For the complete list of winners, visit Editor & Publisher.


Providence Journal wins NENPA First Amendment Award

22.10.2018 John Crouch Awards

From an original story by Providence Journal staff.

The Providence Journal recently won the New England Newspaper & Press Association First Amendment Award for its efforts to confirm the free-press principles governing reporters’ access to jurors.

The First Amendment Award is given out to one publication in New England each year “for exceptional work in illuminating and upholding the rights and freedoms of the First Amendment.”

The Journal filed a complaint in April against Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel, the state Superior Court, and Jury Commissioner Eugene J. McCaffrey III.

The newspaper alleged Vogel had violated First Amendment guarantees when she ordered reporters, including The Journal’s Katie Mulvaney, not to contact jurors after a murder trial. A Superior Court administrator also refused to provide a Journal reporter with the identities of the empaneled jurors in the case.

The Journal took its case to federal court in June, and it remains pending in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire.

The NENPA judges wrote: “When a Rhode Island Superior Court judge banned reporters from speaking to jurors at the completion of a high-profile murder trial, The Providence Journal immediately recognized the order for what it was: an extraordinary overreach by the court and a clear violation of the First Amendment.

“During the next several months, the Journal fought the order both in court and through its newspaper editorial pages. It became an advocate for the First Amendment right of journalists and citizens to speak with their community members about participating in a trial.”

In addition to the First Amendment Award, NENPA awarded Distinguished Newspaper designations to the weekday and Sunday editions of The Journal. The winners are selected by jury panels of newspaper readers who evaluate the quality of reporting and writing, use of photos, design and presentation, online offerings, and overall utility and value.

“I’m delighted at this recognition, which speaks to the strong contributions of our entire staff,” said Alan Rosenberg, executive editor of The Journal. “Every reporter, photographer, editor, producer and assistant can be proud.”

Read the original story here.

GateHouse newspapers named as EPPY finalists

18.10.2018 John Crouch Awards

Editor & Publisher magazine recently revealed the finalists for its annual EPPY Awards.

Congratulations to these GateHouse contenders:

Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* One War. Two Races. | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* Cape Cod hurricanes: Preparing for the worst / Are We Ready? | Cape Cod Times/WCAI
* Rising Seas | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Best News or Event Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* MLK 50 years later / Race on the Cape | Cape Cod Times

Best Innovation Project with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* Architect / Narrative | GateHouse Media

Best Use of Data/Infographics with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* Cape Cod shark extravaganza | Cape Cod Times
* One War. Two Races. | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Best Podcast with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* The Cape Cod Fun Show | Cape Cod Times

Best Promotional/Marketing Campaign with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
* The Oklahoman’s B2B Lead Generation Campaign | The Oklahoman Media Company
* The Oklahoman’s Be Campaign | The Oklahoman Media Company
* The Oklahoman’s Former Subscriber Campaign | The Oklahoman Media Company

See the full list of finalists here.

Winners will be announced live on Wednesday. Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m. EST.

GateHouse Media earns APME Innovator of the Year award

17.09.2018 John Crouch Awards

Tyson Bird, left, and Mara Corbitt, right, accepted the APME’s Innovator of the Year award at the 2018 News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas. They are joined by Bill Church, middle, Gatehouse Media’s senior vice president of news.

GateHouse Media’s news innovation team, de//space, recently won the Associated Press Media Editor‘s Innovator of the Year award at the 2018 News Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas. The award recognizes cutting-edge work that enhances the viability and mission of news organizations and which can be successfully adopted by others. Attendees of the conference had the chance to select one of three finalists.

De//space designers Mara Corbett and Tyson Bird described building two solutions, Architect and Narrative, as scalable solutions for long-form journalism and native advertising content. The two designed and coded the platforms, which allow even the smallest newspaper sites to present editorial projects that showcase journalism with impact.

A few facts from the GateHouse presentation that captured editors’ attention:

• 32 editorial projects have used Architect to date
• On average, readers spend about three times as long on editorial projects than on a regular story template
• 16 native campaigns have used Narrative, with twice the click-through rate

Conference attendees also saw examples of the elegant design and learned some of the back-end functionality that allows people to track analytics and campaigns. The open-source code makes these platforms available to help the entire industry, which positions Gatehouse Media as a leader in marrying technology and content to benefit our audience.

For more information, visit de//space.

Tuscaloosa News wins top awards in APA contest

27.07.2018 John Crouch Awards

From an original story by Tuscaloosa News staff.

The Tuscaloosa News won first place in the General Excellence category in Division A of the Alabama Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest.

The News also won first place in the Best Public Service and Freedom of Information-First Amendment categories and the Story of the Year award in the annual contest.

Overall, The News won 34 awards, including 14 first-place, nine second-place and 11 third-place awards. The contest recognized work done in 2017. Division A includes the state’s largest newspapers and media organizations.

Sixty-two newspapers submitted 2,129 entries in the contest, which was judged by the Virginia Press Association.

In the APA’s Better Advertising Contest, The News captured 12 awards, including third place in the Advertising Sweepstakes category for overall performance, and in a new segment, the APA Better Magazine Contest, Tuscaloosa magazine, a quarterly publication produced by The Tuscaloosa News, won six awards, including a tie for first place in the Magazine of the Year category.

The awards were presented Saturday night during the APA summer convention in Orange Beach.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort our employees give every day, and being recognized by your peers is certainly gratifying,” said News Publisher Jim Rainey.

“But the greater reward is the support we continue to receive from this community, our readers and advertisers.”

The General Excellence award is based on points awarded for issues submitted in that category, and awards won in eight general categories for news, sports and photo coverage, single-event category winners and advertising and magazine contest awards.

The News’ special section, “Should Your Kid Play Football?,” won the Best Public Service award. The section, spearheaded by Executive Sports Editor Tommy Deas and published in October, took an in-depth look at the dangers of the sport in light of evidence linking it to traumatic brain injury, but also the positive impact it has on participants, its importance in society and other benefits.

“To Play or Not to Play,” Deas’ lead story for the section, was named Story of the Year, which the judges award to the top story among all stories submitted in all divisions of the contest.

The FOI-First Amendment Award went to staff writer Stephanie Taylor for her comprehensive report on how law enforcement and the University of Alabama handled an allegation of sexual assault made by a UA student. Taylor combed through voluminous records, most of which had to be obtained by a court order, and her efforts revealed that crucial information was omitted from a story about the controversial case by a national media outlet.

The News also won first-place awards for:

• Best Newspaper Website (

• Best Local Economic Coverage

• Best Use of Photographs/Editorial Content

• Best Layout and Design

• Best Business Story or Column for “Farmers Assess Disaster’s Toll,” staff writer Ed Enoch’s story on the financial impact of an extended drought on Alabama farmers

• Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage for “Should Your Kid Play Football?”

• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations for “Concussion awareness has shot through the roof”

• Best Headline for “Alabama says no Moore” by City Editor Ken Roberts for a story on the results of the state’s special Senate election

• Best One-Time Special Section – Newsprint or Glossy for “Should Your Kid Play Football?”

• Best Niche Publication – Newsprint or Glossy for “Running Wild,” The News’ college football preview magazine

The News won second-place awards for:

• Best Lifestyle/Family Pages

• Best Sports Coverage

• Best Production and Printing

• Best Sports Single Event Story for “Byrne Introduced as Tide AD” by staff writer Ben Jones and Aaron Suttles

• Best Local Sports Column for “Remembering a dad who took pride in being a father” by staff writer Joey Chandler

• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations for “A future without football?”

• Best Headline for “Glazed and enthused” by Ken Roberts for a story on the Krispy-Kreme Challenge charity run

• Best One-Time Special Section – Newsprint or Glossy for “Ten: A Decade of Dominance,” a retrospective on Nick Saban’s 10 years as the University of Alabama football coach

• Best Use of Social Media for The News’ Twitter feed

The News won third-place awards for:

• Best Local News Coverage

• Best Editorial Page or Section

• Best Spot News Story for “A larger than life legacy,” staff writer Mark Hughes Cobb’s story on the death of Jack Warner

• Best Editorial for “A courageous response sends a strong message” about a man’s reaction after his sister was murdered

• Best Human Interest Column by Joey Chandler

• Best Editorial Column or Commentary for “Roy Moore was not the only loser on Tuesday” by Tommy Stevenson

• Best Spot News Photo for “Claybrook Fire” by Erin Nelson

• Best Photo Essay for “Honor Flight” by Photo Editor Gary Cosby Jr.

• Best One-Time Special Section – Newsprint or Glossy for “A Driving Force,” a look at the 20-year anniversary of production at Mercedes-Benz’ Tuscaloosa plant

• Best Niche Publication – Newsprint or Glossy for “2018 Photo Calendar”

• Best Creative Use of Multimedia for “Your Guide to Tuscaloosa Regional Softball” by Tommy Deas and Molly Walsh

In the APA advertising contest, The News won first-place awards for:

• Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper for “Amazing Teachers”

• Best Classified Display Ad for “Another Broken Egg”

• Best One-Time Special Section – Newsprint or Glossy for “Mercedes”

Second-place awards in advertising went to:

• Best Single Ad Over Half-Page – Color for “Tuscaloosa Tire”

• Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper for “Impact”

• Best Presentation of Online Advertising

• Best Innovative Online Advertising – Single Ad for “Piggly Wiggly”

• Online Revenue Builder for “Amazing Teachers”

Third-place awards in advertising went to:

• Advertising Sweepstakes

• Best Classified Page or Section for “Career Expo 2017”

• Best Single Ad Half-Page and Under – Color for “Ervin’s”

• Best Signature Page for “Martin Luther King”

In the APA magazine contest, Tuscaloosa magazine won first-place awards for:

• Magazine of the Year (tie with Vestavia Hills magazine)

• Best Photo Essay for “Dressing the Part” by Gary Cosby Jr.

• Best Single Ad for “Get Beach Ready” for the Locker Room

The magazine won a second-place award for:

• Best Photo Essay for “Healing Hands” by Gary Cosby Jr.

The magazine won third-place awards for:

• Best Personality Profile for “Fuller Goldsmith” by staff writer Drew Taylor

• Best Business Feature for “Sold!” by magazine Editor Becky Hopf

The News was also recently honored with 33 awards in the annual Alabama Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest, including nine first-place, 12 second-place and nine third-place awards. The paper also won the Freedom of Information, Newswriting Sweepstakes and Sportswriting Sweepstakes awards.

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Monroe News honored by Michigan Press Association

14.05.2018 John Crouch Awards

From an original story by Monroe News staff.

The Monroe News recently won seven awards in the Michigan Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest featured 2,967 entries by 100 Michigan newspapers and was judged by members of the Missouri Press Association.

The Monroe News was in Class B for papers with circulations between 11,001 and 20,000. The contest was for work published Aug. 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

Monroe Magazine’s summer edition 2017 took first place in the special section category. Judges recognized the layout of the magazine, which was done by Holly Laginess, photographs by Tom Hawley and stories by reporters Danielle Portteus and Pam Meade. That issue featured stories on Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, the corner of flowers maintained by Paul Livernois in Monroe, Frank Connolly’s jewelry designs and a Bedford Township’s couple’s backyard and home.

“Beautifully laid out magazine,” the judge said. “Vibrant photos played particularly well. Absolutely loaded with info.”

Sports editor Niles Kruger was presented with two awards, first and second place, in sports writing. His piece “Next Stop, Ford Field,” about Whiteford’s football team reaching the state championship took first place. The second place entry, “Levicki carries load” about Ida’s Nick Levicki, was recognized as “a very close second. Great game story,” the judge said.

Hawley’s photo story “Courage with a Smile” about Elyse (Elly) Wickenheiser’s cancer battle took second place.

“Photos here did a nice job to telling an overall story and it was strongly edited to clearly focus on the subject,” the judge said. “Each photo had a good emotional pull.”

Portteus took third place in the spot news category for her work covering the fire at BridgePoint Church in Temperance.

Sports reporter Ryan Loren received an honorable mention in the sports feature category for his piece “Living his dreams” about Milan baseball player Denver Jackson.

Staff received an honorable mention for best newspaper design for “Trump wins.”

“The centerpiece on the presidential election is a unique way to present an event that everyone else had,” the judge said. “Overall, the News does a great job using photos throughout the paper.”

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Monroe News’ Tom Hawley, Niles Kruger honored by Michigan Associated Press Media Editors

27.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Original text by Monroe News staff. 

Monroe News photographer Tom Hawley was recently honored with two first-place awards and one second-place award in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.

Hawley received a first place award in the spot news category for “Tearful Fire.”

His photo story, “A Mother’s Strength” also won first place. The photo story featured Lesley Daniels, a Flat Rock resident who learned to walk again after an accident.

Hawley took second place in the sports photo category with his picture “Foul Catch.”

Niles Kruger, Monroe News sports editor, earned a second-place award for best sport column, “A Long, Memorable Day.”

Twenty-eight daily newspapers submitted 978 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017.

Entries were judged by editors from The Canton (Ohio) Repository and The Chronicle Telegram in Elyria, Ohio.

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Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Ken Willis honored with national SPJ writing award

27.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Original text by Jim Abbott, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Ken Willis, sports columnist and senior staff writer at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, was recently named a winner in the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Willis was honored in the category of Feature Writing among daily publications with circulations from 50,001 to 100,000 for “Lightning: A Survivor’s Tale,” an A1 story published in the Aug. 27, 2017 edition of The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The narrative feature recounted the dramatic story of James Church, a 55-year-old Port Orange resident nearly killed by an early-morning lightning strike on the Ponce Inlet fishing jetty. The story offered Church’s recollection of the incident as well as a window into a difficult recovery from injuries that included the loss of two fingers and perforation of part of the colon and part of the small intestine.

“It’s no secret to News-Journal readers that Ken Willis is an exceptional reporter with a great and distinct voice as a writer,” Editor Pat Rice said. “James Church’s near-death experience with lightning was the perfect match for Ken’s skill with language and his attention to detail. This SPJ national award for ‘Lightning: A Survivor’s Tale’ is well-deserved high praise.”

Willis, meanwhile, offered thanks to Church for sharing his story.

“No matter where you go, everybody has a story to tell. Sometimes, you find somebody with a story that’s much better than most,” Willis said. “And if you find an amazing story with the right person recounting all of the circumstances, that’s when you’ve got something. James Church’s story of survival was amazing, so frankly there wasn’t much to do but get out of the way and let it unfold.”

For a complete list of winner, visit SPJ.

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Herald-Tribune’s ‘One War. Two Races.’ named as Hillman Prize finalist, wins Sigma Delta Chi award

27.04.2018 John Crouch Awards

Original text by Herald-Tribune staff. 

The Herald-Tribune’s “One War. Two Races.” series was a finalist for the 2018 Hillman Prize, which recognizes journalists “who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good.”

The project by investigative reporter Josh Salman, investigations editor Michael Braga and web developer Dak Le showed how laws dating back to the crack epidemic continue to prejudice black defendants, even as the drug crisis shifts out of minority neighborhoods. The project also revealed how blacks have been left behind as the conversation turns to treatment.

“One War. Two Races.” also recently won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Sigma Delta Chi Award in investigative reporting.

The 2018 Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism — awarded by The Sidney Hillman Foundation, named for a noted American labor leader — went to USA Today Network for its series “Rigged: Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing,” which exposed the abusive and illegal working conditions suffered by 100,000 port truck drivers in Los Angles, where nearly half of all imports enter this country.

“One War” along with the Herald-Tribune’s “Bias on the Bench” project in 2016 sparked legislation requiring sweeping, new courthouse data collection. Supporters say the new law will home in on rampant racial disparities in sentencing exposed by the Herald-Tribune’s reporting. The measure will create a uniform databank containing information on arrest and bail proceedings and criminal sentencing, and will be searchable by the public through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website.

“Bias on the bench” found that judges throughout Florida sentence black defendants to harsher punishments than whites charged with the same crimes under similar circumstances.

Other Hillman winners this year were Richard Rothstein for his book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” New York Times Magazine, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and the Washington Post, Univision News/El Faro and Slate.

Judges for the Hillman Prize included Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic; Jelani Cobb, a contributing writer for The New Yorker and an instructor at Columbia University; Alix Freedman, global editor, ethics and standards for Reuters; Hendrik Hertzberg, an editor and staff writer at The New Yorker; Harold Meyerson, executive editor of The American Prospect; and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.

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