T-G claims 2 firsts in state press contest
The Times-Gazette captured two first places and won a total of 15 awards in this year's University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association newspaper contest.
Judges from Arkansas newspapers awarded the T-G first places in the Community Lifestyles and Best News Photograph categories.
The Community Lifestyles award was for three February 2013 Life & Leisure sections edited by Sadie Fowler with stories by Fowler, city editor John I. Carney, staff writer Jason Reynolds, columnist Doug Dezotell and contributors Sherri Frame and Whitney Danhof. The contest judge described the section as containing "good content that is well-displayed."
A photograph of a firefighter, framed in a singed doorway, walking away from a blaze at a Deason storage facility in July 2013 won the Best News Photograph award for copy editor David Melson. "This shot is beautiful," the judge said.
The T-G also took third place in the category for several pages of photos of the Southern Energy explosion in November 2013 taken by Melson, Fowler, Reynolds, publisher Hugh Jones, photographer Jim Davis and staff writer Brian Mosely.
The T-G was awarded second places for Best Web Site and Public Service, and both third and fifth places in the categories of Best Single Feature and Investigative Reporting.
Other awards included thirds in the Feature Photograph, Headline Writing and Spot News Coverage categories and fourths for Education Reporting, Sports Coverage and Make-Up and Appearance
The T-G competes in the category of newspapers with total weekly circulation between 10,000-50,000.