Northwest Florida Daily News and StarNews were recently recognized at the Local Media Association’s Digital Innovation Contest, which was judged by the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin’s Engaging News Project.
Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was awarded first-place in the Best Contest and/or Promotion category in the sites with 250,001 – 750,000 monthly unique visitors group for its “Home for the Holidays” promotion.
Judges noted: The company teamed up with a regional airport to award a local veteran in the area code a free airplane trip for the holiday season. There were around 972 entries and one winner. The airport invested $9,375 for the promotion and it came with success. They did a great job focusing their audience on veterans since that demographic uses the airport services quite frequently. They made great use of their outlets by dominating both print and digital media to advertise the campaign. The airport and Northwest Florida Daily News now have a valuable partnership that could go a long way in the future.
StarNews in Wilmington, North Carolina, was awarded first-place in the Best Strategy to Grow Digital Audience category.
Judges noted: StarNews Media strategies focus on a couple different things, including scheduling and direct involvement between reporter and reader. They keep track of running social media posts early in the morning when traffic tends to be the highest. Average Facebook Likes have increased by 42 percent and their Twitter followers have increased by 42 percent. They manage a rewards program for the reporters in having their personal pages viewed most often.
Sherry Jones, StarNews’ managing editor, was named as the competition’s Local Media Digital News Innovator of the Year.
Judges noted: It’s clear that Sherry has had an incredible impact on her news organization. While her nomination mentions digital initiatives that she has played a role in for years, we were particularly impressed with the work she did this year, including helping the web team adopt a new website template and the Reporter Audience Growth program. We look forward to seeing what new innovation Sherry comes up with next!
Propel Marketing was awarded first-place in the Best Digital Agency category.
Judges noted: We really liked Propel Marketing’s consumer reach and growth as an agency: they operate in 32 states and reach 19 million people every single week. Additionally, they have great third-party connections that drive their agency forward.
More more information and a completed list of winner, visit the Local Media Association.
Congratulations to the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at Editor & Publisher’s 2016 EPPY Awards.
The newspaper’s “Shortcut to the American Dream,” which focuses on a little-known immigration program, won for Best Business Reporting on a Website in the Under 1 million unique monthly visitors category.
For more information and the complete list of winners, visit editorandpublisher.com/eppy-winners-2016.
Congratulations to all the GateHouse Media papers recently honored at the 2016 New England Newspaper & Press Association luncheon in Natick, Massachusetts.
Daily Newspaper of the Year winners included The Providence Journal of Providence, Rhode Island, in the 35,000-plus circulation group; The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, in the 20,000-35,000 circulation group; The Standard-Times of New Bedford in the 15,000-20,000 circulation group; The MetroWest Daily News of Framingham in the 10,000-15,000 circulation group; and the Taunton Daily Gazette was named a distinguished newspaper in the less than 10,000 circulation group.
Weekly Newspaper of the Year winners included the Sunday Telegram of Worcester in the 45,000-plus circulation group; the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis was named a distinguished newspaper in the 30,000-45,000 circulation group; and The MetroWest Daily News was named a distinguished newspaper in the less than 20,000 circulation group.
The Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket was named a distinguished newspaper in the Weekly Community Newspaper of the Year category in the 3,500-8,000 circulation group.
Publick Occurrences Award winners included The Providence Journal for “Race in Rhode Island” and The Herald News for “Future of Fall River.”
For more information, visit nenpa.com.
Congratulations to the Journal-Standard of Freeport, Illinois, for earning its second Community Journalism Public Service Initiative grant from the Associated Press Media Editors.
The $2,500 grants are awarded to media companies that have websites and serve a metropolitan area of less than 100,000 people.
The Journal-Standard’s submitted project, modeled after television’s “Shark Tank,” looks to help revitalize Freeport’s downtown core.
Projects can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy and should be considered entrepreneurial in nature with the potential for use in other areas.
“The Journal-Standard is ambitiously looking at community engagement in a new way,” wrote judge Summer Moore of The Times of Northwest Indiana. “By inserting themselves in a community project such as this, they are letting Freeport know they will be more than observers in the redevelopment of their downtown.
For more information, visit bit.ly/2c03JNR.
“Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” the Herald-Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times is a finalist for Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, which will be presented at the Online News Association’s 2016 conference in Denver.
The multi-part piece was written after the state of Florida made a $100 million cut to mental health hospital funding.
For more information, visit: bit.ly/2b3DkeQ
By Providence Journal news staff | Read full story here
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Journal’s series “Race in Rhode Island” has won a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award.
Alisha A. Pina, the series’ chief writer, accepted the award at the association’s gala on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
The yearlong multimedia series by a team of writers, photographers, editors and producers, included articles and videos about racial gaps that impact the quality of life and economy in Rhode Island, and introduced ideas and people who are working to close the gaps.
“The Race In Rhode Island series reflects a commitment from the Journal to inform and spark conversations that are important to our community,” said Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson. “I’m thrilled our journalists have received national recognition by the NABJ.”
Read The Journal’s full #RaceinRI series at providencejournal.com/RaceInRI
Congratulations to the Hannibal Courier-Post’s managing editor Eric Dundon, who was recently slated to receive the 2016 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association in October.
Dundon has worked for the Hannibal Courier-Post since February 2015, and has helped completely rejuvenate the paper and reintroduce social media philosophy, in addition to covering news, features and writing editorials.
“The Courier-Post saw a great change in 2015 under Eric’s leadership. This award has typically been awarded to a nominee who excels in one area of journalism. Eric excels in many, and it’s evident by the success the Hannibal Courier-Post experienced in 2015,” publisher Mike Murphy said.
Dundon graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
For more information, visit bit.ly/29U6JX8.
Congratulations to Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Florida, which was recently honored at the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.
The Herald-Tribune, along with the Tampa Bay Times, won the Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting for “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” their Pulitzer Prize-winning joint series about budget cuts in Florida’s mental hospitals.
Investigative reporter Josh Salman, who recently investigated the federal government’s EB-5 visa program in “Shortcut to the American Dream,” was named Journalist of the Year. Reporter Billy Cox placed third in the Journalist of the Year category.
Other individual award winners included Elizabeth Johnson, who earned first place for Non-deadline News Reporting; Rachel S. O’Hara, who earned first place in the Photography Story category and second in the Feature Photography category; Emily Le Coz, who earned second place in the Best Reporting — Hardship Issues category; Ron Borresen, who earned second place in the Art of Photo Illustration category; Barbara Peters-Smith; who earned third place in the Commentary & Criticism category; and Carrie Seidman, who earned third place in the Special Publication or Section category.
Billy Cox, Jennifer Borresen and Dak Le earned third place in the online Package category.
For more information, visit bit.ly/29UcoRl.
Congratulations to The Register-Mail of Galesburg, Illinois, which was recently honored by both the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors at two separate ceremonies in Springfield.
The Register-Mail was named the second best small daily newspaper in Illinois by the Illinois Press Association in addition to the 23 other awards it received.
First-place awards included General Excellence, News Reporting, Government beat, Single page design, Sports Feature, Original Column and Sports Photo.
Second-place awards included Sports Column, Right to Know, Feature Photo, Sports Section and Newspaper Design.
Third-place awards included Lifestyles section, Single page design and Headline Writing.
Honorable mentions included Feature Photo, two Informational Graphic mentions, General News Photo, Website, Government beat and Business/Economic Reporting.
The Register-Mail earned nine awards at the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors contest.
First-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Steve Davis for Features Photo and Mobile Visual.
Second-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Features and Columns or Blog, Tom Martin for Editorial Writing and Steve Davis for Mobile Visual.
Third-place award winners included Tom Loewy for Business Story and Lewis Marien for Sports Feature Photo.
For more information, visit bit.ly/1ZWFXQl.
Congratulations to the Dispatch Magazines publications Columbus CEO, Columbus Alive and Columbus Monthly, which all received honors at The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2016 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 3.
Columbus CEO received a first-place award for the second year in a row in the Best Business Publication in Ohio category and a second-place award in the Best Magazine Website category. Columbus Alive received a first-place award in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper category for alternatives.
Individual first-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Criticism and Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for Sports, Alyse Kordenbrock for Single-Page Magazine Design and Joel Oliphint for Best Freelance Writer in Ohio; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Infographics and AABP Gold for Feature Layout; and Columbus Monthly’s Beth Stallings for Food Writing.
Individual second-place award winners included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Personality Profile and Alyse Kordenbrock for Covers and Page Design; Columbus CEO’s Yogesh Chaudhary for Cover Design – AABP Silver, Tim Johnson for Pictorial and Photojournalism and Kitty McConnell for Technology Writing; and Columbus Monthly’s Betsy Becker for Single-Page Design, Tessa Berg for Portrait/Personality Photography and Beth Stallings for Food Writing.
Individual third-place awards included Columbus Alive’s Andy Downing for Arts & Entertainment, Brad Keefe for General Features and Criticism and Jill Moorhead for Public Service; Columbus CEO’s Mary Yost for Features (General); and Columbus Monthly’s Joel Oliphint for Features (Personality Profile) and Will Shilling for Photojournalism.
Columbus CEO also won gold and silver awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards in Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information, visit bit.ly/1Xpvijc.