Johnson City Press receives 4 awards in AP contest, including 1st for Trump coverage

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 29, 2019 at 7:37 PM

The Johnson City Press received four awards in the annual Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast Media & Editors Awards, including the top award for daily deadline news coverage.

The Press’ news staff was awarded first place in the category for its comprehensive coverage of President Donald Trump’s visit to Johnson City on Oct. 1.

The judges commented: “The Press did an excellent job of covering the president's visit and objective readers could see the effort to balance the coverage. It covered the politics, the people and the local logistical challenges very well. Nicely done.”

• Senior Reporter Becky Campbell received two second-place awards. She was honored in the multimedia category for her article with photos and video about former athlete Katie Jenkins’ return to the track after receiving a prosthetic for her amputated leg. She was assisted by newsroom video specialist Jared Bentley.

The judges wrote: “Shining example of good community journalism. Video and photos helped tell a story of strength and inspiration.”

• Campbell also earned honors for her spot news photos from the University School walkout regarding school gun violence.

The judges commented: “Nice emotion. Being able to clearly read the sign gives the readers what's going on immediately. Well done.”

• Press Content Director Sam Watson was awarded second place for editorial writing.

The judges wrote: “The editorial package reveals the paper's deep knowledge of its community. The editorial, ‘Don't Shortchange Langston’ is especially impressive. It is moving without being overly emotional.”

The Press competed with medium-sized daily newspapers in Tennessee, including newspapers in Bristol, Kingsport, Maryville, Clarksville and Maryville. The awards were presented Saturday in a banquet at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.

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