Times-Journal named among best newspapers in state
The Selma Times-Journal won third place in the General Excellence category in Division B of Alabama Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. The announcement was made Saturday during the Association’s annual meeting in Orange Beach.
In total, the Times-Journal won 32 awards in three divisions – newspaper, advertising and magazine, and included 15 first-place awards, 5 second-place awards and 12 third-place awards. The Virginia Press Association judged the entries.
“I’m very proud of our staff for the work they do, the passion and commitment they have to serve our community through the pages of its newspaper,” said Times-Journal publisher Dennis Palmer. “To receive recognition from your peers for the work you do is indeed special, because those folks know the challenges that come with working at and producing a daily newspaper whose goal is to serve its community well.”
The 15 first-place awards were:
Best lifestyle/ family pages
Best local news coverage
Best production and printing
Best newspaper website
Best spot news story – “Not the Selma I grew up in” by Blake Deshazo
Best business story or column – “What happened: St. James Hotel boarded up” by Justin Averette
Best sports news in-depth coverage – “Champs” by Thomas Scott and Alaina Deshazo
Best sports feature story – “1977 Selma team looks back on championship” by Daniel Evans
Best local sports column – “Celebration long overdue for Concordia basketball” by Daniel Evans
Best feature photo – “Purple Rain” by Alaina Deshazo
Best spot news photo – “Not the Selma I grew up in” by Alaina Deshazo
Online breaking news coverage – “Not the Selma I grew up in” by Blake Deshazo
Best single ad over half page color – “International Paper renewable resources” by staff
Best innovative online advertising (single ad) – “Preferred Eyecare” by staff
Best advertising campaign or series – Boyd Financial” by staff
Sixty-two newspapers participated in the newspaper contest with 39 participating in the advertising contest and 24 in the magazine contest.
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