For the awards, newspapers across the state submit articles, photos, graphics and more from the previous year to be judged by journalists from another press association. This year, the judges were from West Virginia.
The Press won first place in the Best Special Issue or Section category for our “A Day in the Life” section. In this section, we chronicled scenes and stories from all across Johnson City and Elizabethton during one 24-hour period. We’re planning on bringing the section back later this year.
We won second place in three categories, Community Lifestyles, Local Features and Editorials. Each of these categories looked at a selection of newspapers over the course of several editions.
Our business coverage of the Johnson City Industrial Development Board’s decision to amend NN Inc.’s tax abatement agreement for its million-dollar headquarters and our in-depth reporting of the merger between Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance won us third place.
Only three points separated us from the first-place winner in that category. Sports writer Tanner Cook also won third place in the Best News Photo category for his photograph of skydiver Angela Alley landing at the Turkey Trot 5K.
We also had fourth-place finishes in Sports Coverage, Makeup and Appearance, Feature Photo, Best Editorial and Investigative Reporting. We took fifth in Education Coverage, Best Personal Humor Column and Public Service.
Our sister paper, the Kingsport Times News, won first place for Best Breaking News Coverage, for its staff’s stories about an explosion at Eastman Chemical Co. last year.
The Jonesborough Herald & Tribune, also part of the Northeast Tennessee Media Group owned by Sandusky Newspapers, won first place for Investigative Reporting, and the Erwin Record won first place for its Education Reporting.
Congratulations to all of our employees for their dedication to producing quality journalism for our readers every year!