By Kaitlin Candelaria
The staff at Over the Mountain Journal is excited to announce that we have received a whopping 20 awards in the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest presented by the Alabama Press Association. Nine of those are first place editorial awards — more than any other newspaper in our category in the state.
According to the Alabama Press Association, 70 newspapers contributed almost 3,000 pieces to be judged in the contest. The Tennessee Press Association judged this year’s competition.
The first place awards were in the following categories: Best Sports Page, Best Spot News Photo, Best Photo Essay, Best Sports Photo, Best Local Economic Coverage, Best Feature Photo, Best Special Section, Best Human Interest Column and Best Humorous Column.
Over the Mountain Journal also took home second place awards in the General Excellence category, the Best Lifestyle and Family Pages category, the Best Presswork category, the Best Sports Feature category and the Best Use of Photographs/Editorial Content category as well as third place awards in the Best Local Sports Column category, the Best Sports Single Event category, the Best News Photo category, the Best Sports Feature Story category, the Best Local Education Coverage category and the Best Editorial Page/Section category.
In the 2015 APA Advertising Contest, Over the Mountain Journal took home two first place awards for the Regularly Scheduled Special Section and the Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper categories as well as third place in the Best Single Ad 1/2 Page & Under – Color category.
“I’m very pleased and proud of our staff for doing so well in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest competition,” Maury Wald, publisher and editor, said. “There are some really strong newspapers in our category and to bring home the most editorial first place awards is very exciting.”