Johnson City Press earns General Excellence, eight 1st-place honors in State Press Awards

Johnson City Press • Jul 18, 2019 at 4:34 PM

CHATTANOOGA — For the second time in three years, the Johnson City Press earned the coveted General Excellence Award in the annual State Press Awards on Thursday.

The Press received a total of 21 honors, including eight first-place awards, in the annual newspaper contest sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Press Association.

The Press also received the General Excellence Award for its division in 2017.

Among the first-place honors was the Public Service Award from UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation for its series regarding cultural diversity in the Johnson City area and conflicts of interest in local government and business. The Press also received first place for Investigative Reporting for the cultural diversity series.

Senior Reporter Becky Campbell earned the newspaper three first-place honors: Best Personal Humor Column for writing about squirrels stealing from her bird feeders, Best News Photograph for an image of a police standoff, and Best Breaking News Coverage for the same standoff story.

Other first-place honors came for Best Business Coverage, Best Sports Writing and Best Local Features.

The Press received five second-place awards: Best Sports Coverage, Best Sports Photograph (by Tanner Cook), Best Feature Photograph (by Joe Avento), Best Special Issue or Section (“A Day in the Life”) and Best Community Lifestyles.

Third-place honors came in Best Single Feature (by Becky Campbell) and Makeup and Appearance.

The Press received fourth place for Best Education Reporting. Rounding out the honors were fifth-place honors in Best Feature Photograph (by Brandon Paykamian), Best Personal Column (by Robert Houk), Headline Writing and Investigative Reporting.

Other newspapers in Northeast Tennessee Media Group joined the Press in receiving honors. The Kingsport Times News won a second-place award in Best Editorials, third-place awards in News Reporting and News Photography, and fourth place for Best Website, Local Features, Feature Photography, Headline Writing and Best Single Editorial.

The Erwin Record received third place for Best Sports Coverage, fifth place in Make-Up and Appearance, fourth place in Local Features and second place in Breaking News Coverage. The Herald & Tribune in Jonesborough received second place in Best Single Feature and fifth place in Best Feature Photograph.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville), the Hendersonville Standard and the Gallatin News also received the General Excellence awards in their respective divisions. The honors were awarded in a luncheon Thursday at the Read House in Chattanooga.

The Texas Press Association judged 1,406 entries from 72 of the Tennessee Press Association’s 129 member newspapers.

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