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TLN wins 19 SCPA awards

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By Chris Sardelli

The Lancaster News won 19 awards for news and editorial content at the annual S.C. Press Association winter meeting in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

The newspaper won several awards for its coverage of the Lancaster County Courthouse fire last August.

Reporters Jenny Arnold and Jesef Williams won the first-place award for reporting in-depth in the multi-weekly category of newspapers, while the newspaper won second place for best photo gallery on its Web site.

Features editor Greg Summers won the most awards of any staff member, with six.

He won second place for profile feature writing and photo page design, and third place for photo page design, health reporting, feature writing and profile feature writing.

The newspaper won five first-place awards, five second-place awards and nine third-place awards.

Arnold won a first-place award in the enterprise reporting category for her story on women in elective office in Lancaster County called “Who Rules?”

Williams won first-place for beat reporting for his coverage of local law enforcement.

Former staff reporter Johnathan Ryan won the first-place award in the spot news category for his story on the fire at Brenda Kay’s Cafe last May.

News editor Jamey Shepherd won a first-place award for page-one design in the multi-weekly category. He also won a third-place award in the open division (all newspapers, including dailies) for an informational graphic depicting the alleged crime spree of Martavious Carter, who is accused of setting fire to the courthouse on Aug. 4.

Publisher Susan Rowell said the recognition the paper received shows how hard the staff has worked over the last year.

“It feels great to have the state press association recognize the diverse talent of the editorial staff at The Lancaster News,” Rowell said. “They work hard every day to capture the essence of our community and these awards validate their efforts. I am very proud of the entire news team and their dedication to Lancaster.”

Barbara Rutledge, editor of The Lancaster News, said she was not surprised by the number of awards the news staff won this year, and considered it “an honor to work with them.”

“The article beneath the byline and the look of each page don’t reveal just how much work is involved producing your community newspaper. But those are the traits of good journalists – the ones working at The Lancaster News,” Rutledge said. “They are talented, dedicated and committed to keeping readers informed about what is going on in their community.”

Complete awards list

The Lancaster News won 19 awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual news/editorial awards competition. The awards were handed out Saturday in Myrtle Beach. Seventeen of the awards were in the two or three-times a week newspaper category. One was in the all-weekly category, and one was in the open division, which includes all dailies.

Here’s a list of the awards the paper received:

–  Jenny Arnold: first place, enterprise reporting

– Jenny Arnold and Jesef Williams: first place, reporting-in-depth; third place, spot news reporting

– Robert Howey: second place, sports headline writing; third place, sports feature story; third place, sports column writing

– Aaron Morrison: second place, photo series or photo story

– Johnathan Ryan (former staff member): first place, spot news reporting

– Jamey Shepherd: first place, page-one design; third place, news graphics in open division

– Greg Summers: second place, photo page design; second place, profile feature writing or story; third place, photo page design; third place, health reporting; third place, feature writing; third place, profile feature writing or story

– Jesef Williams: first place, beat reporting

– Staff: second place, best photo gallery on Web; third place, Today’s Woman for special publication in all-weekly division

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416