Herald staff, website collect 22 state press association awards

Staff reportsMarch 23, 2013 

The Herald and heraldonline.com earned 22 awards – including 10 first-place honors and a third place for general excellence – Saturday in the South Carolina Press Association’s annual contest.

Heraldonline.com, led by online editor Shannon Greene, was named the best website for medium-sized daily newspapers for the third consecutive year.

Columnist Andrew Dys earned three first-place awards – for column writing, news feature writing and reporting in depth.

Public safety reporter Jonathan McFadden won two first-place awards – for beat reporting and for a series of articles he and freelance journalist Julie Graham wrote about the history of newspaper comic strips, pegged to a Peanuts exhibit at the Museum of York County.

The Herald swept the reporting in depth category, winning first, second, third and honorable mention.

“Our foremost goal is to deliver to our readers top-notch, original reporting of local news,” said Debbie Abels, the newspaper’s president and publisher. “It’s not an overstatement to say our journalistic team is driven by a belief in First Amendment rights.

“These awards are icing on the cake.”

• Other first-place honors went to: Shawn Cetrone, education reporting among all daily newspapers (second consecutive year); Darin Gantt, sports feature writing; Noelle Edwards, page one design; Rebekah Lewis, inside page design; Dys, Cetrone, Jamie Self and Nicole Smith, reporting in depth, for the newspaper’s coverage of a tornado that struck York County.

• Second-place awards went to: Don Worthington, health reporting for all daily newspapers and column writing; Dys, sports columns for medium and large newspapers and beat reporting; and Self, reporting in depth, for coverage of a convicted murderer’s inadvertent release from the York County jail.

• Third-place awards went to: Anna Douglas, enterprise reporting, for reporting on Rock Hill’s practice of providing incentives to boost downtown development; Dys, reporting in depth, for coverage of a Korean War veteran’s battle with the town of Clover over his junk-filled yard; McFadden, spot news coverage; Ellyn Ritterskamp, sports headline writing for all daily newspapers; and Self, assertive journalism award, for coverage of a convicted murderer’s inadvertent release from the York County jail.

Honorable mention award: McFadden, reporting in depth, for stories about a 12-year-old Rock Hill boy’s recovery from a dog attack.

Weekly winners

The Herald’s sister weekly newspapers won a combined 17 awards:

Fort Mill Times won 10 awards, including three first-place honors: weekly newspaper website, Facebook page and feature specialty magazine.

• Lake Wylie Pilot won six awards, including a first place to reporter John Marks for a series of articles about fighting childhood cancer.

• Enquirer-Herald won a second-place award for faith reporting.

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