The Sun News takes second in General Excellence, brings home 29 awards at press association banquet

March 22, 2014 

The Sun News brought home the President’s Cup in addition to 29 awards Saturday in the South Carolina Press Association’s annual awards banquet, including second place in General Excellence for its division.

The newspaper is in the daily division of those with circulation numbers between 18,000 and 45,000.

Twelve of the 29 awards were first-place ribbons. Reporter Maya Prabhu won a first-place award for enterprise reporting in her November 2012 piece titled “Emails indicate 2 former Coast RTA employees worked to oust CEO.” Reporter Steve Jones won for overall Business Reporting, columnist Issac Bailey won for Column Writing and photographer Janet Blackmon Morgan won three first-place awards, in addition to three second place and one third-place award.

Additional first-place winners included Steve Palisin for feature writing, Ryan Young for sports feature writing, Caroline Evans for page one design, Charles Slate for humorous photo, and The Sun News tied with two other newspapers for daily newspaper online design. Reporter David Wren won a first-place award for in-depth reporting.

Evans, features editor and specialty sections editor, brought home second place for the Kicks! section, as well as her portfolio of page one designs and a single feature page design. Bailey brought home two second place awards for his series on the Geathers family and sports writer Alan Blondin took home a second-place award for a sports feature story. Wren captured a second-place award for enterprise reporting, as well.

Third-place winners include Vicki Grooms, who took third place in education reporting in the entire state, designer Amanda Criswell for a photo page design against all papers in the state, reporter Amanda Kelley for her coverage of the Windsor Green fire and reporter and designer Claire Byun who took third place for lifestyle feature writing in her Pawleys Island special section.

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