The Johnson City Press earned 10 awards in the annual state newspaper contest, including first-place finishes in news reporting and promotion of newspapers.
Winners in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2011 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, were announced Friday in Nashville.
The Press received first place in news reporting for Staff Writer Becky Campbell’s coverage of the Howard Hawk Willis murder trial, as well as third place in the news reporting category for coverage of the Steven Rodriguez and Natasha “Star” Collins murders on East Pine Street.
The Press also captured a first-place honor in promotion of newspapers for a series of advertisements featuring the news department’s staff.
Other awards for the Press included second-place finishes in local features and make-up and appearance; third-place honors in best single editorial and best issue or special section; and fourth-place finishes in editorials, best personal column and best personal humor column.
Other Tennessee publications owned alongside the Press by Sandusky Newspapers also fared well in the competition.
The Erwin Record won the general excellence award for its circulation group for the ninth consecutive year, as well as 21 awards in specific categories. Eight were in first place: best education reporting, best sports photograph, best website, community lifestyles, best personal humor column, best single editorial, public service and best news photograph.
The Herald and Tribune, Jonesborough, won 10 awards, including two in first place for local features and promotion of newspapers. The Tomahawk, Mountain City, received three honors, including first place in make-up and appearance.
The Kingsport Times-News, a Sandusky-owned daily publication, won six awards, including first place in editorials.
In Middle Tennessee, Sandusky’s the Lebanon Democrat won nine awards, including three first-place honors in best issue or special section, best feature photograph and public service. The Mt. Juliet News, a weekly newspaper, won 10 awards, including first-place honors in best single feature and investigative reporting. The Hartsville Vidette won two awards.
As part of the ceremony, UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation honored newspapers — including the Erwin Record, the Kingsport Times-News and the Lebanon Democrat — with $300 awards for their first-place finishes in the editorial and public service categories.
The Georgia Press Association judged a total of 1,487 entries from 76 of the association's 125 member newspapers. Publications are separated into five groups by circulation, and prizes are awarded in each group.