T-G claims 2 firsts in state press contest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Members of the T-G news staff gather for a group photo with the newspaper's awards. First row, from left, are photographer Jim Davis, editor Sadie Fowler, sports editor Chris Siers, paginator Mary Cook and city editor John I. Carney; second row, from left, staff writer Brian Mosely, copy editor David Melson, staff writer Jason Reynolds and paginator Carol Spray. (T-G Photo by Dee Womble)

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.

T-G Editor Sadie Fowler accepts an award plaque from Dr. Tonjanita Johnson of the University of Tennessee. (TPA Photo by Donn Jones)

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.

This photo of a Bedford County firefighter walking away in the aftermath of a blaze at a Deason storage facility won a first-place award for Best News Photograph. (T-G Photo by David Melson)