by Jordan Green

News and views from inside the media bubble 

Clarey, Green and Snyder win NC Press awards for YES! Weekly

YES! Weekly took home four awards in the 2012 North Carolina Press Association awards last week. News Editor Jordan Green and music writer Ryan Snyder attended the awards ceremony in Chapel Hill on behalf of the paper, and both came back with prizes. Editor Brian Clarey received Second Place for his profile feature “Broach: the subject,” a profile of Greensboro entrepreneur Allen Broach. “What a fascinating combination of compelling of storytelling and solid reporting,” the judges wrote. “There’s a lot of information in this piece, but the reader breezes through because of the deft storytelling. Brian Clarey has taken the life of a fascinating man and done justice to it.”

The Chapel Hill News won First Place in the category.

Green, who is also our Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County reporter, placed third in the serious columns category (as opposed to lighter columns). The category was judged on three columns that covered civic engagement among young people, economic development and reasons that poor people don’t vote.

The judges wrote: “Intelligent, incisive pieces told with apparent ease. They’re local, they’re important and they’re well written. Obvious passion for the community on display by Mr. Green. Close third.”

Green placed behind Scott Yost with the Rhinoceros Times, who placed second, and the Pilot in Southern Pines, in first place.

Snyder received Third Place for criticism, with two writers for the Independent Weekly in Durham coming in first and second. YES! Weekly also came in third for general excellence for websites, placing behind the Independent Weekly, in Second Place, and the Waynesville Smoky Mountain News.

YES! Weekly competed in Division C, a category for community weeklies with circulation over 10,000. The Independent Weekly, an alternative weekly based in the Triangle, swept the category. Mountain Xpress, an altweekly in Asheville, took home second place in investigative reporting for a story about a union drive and second place in news feature writing for a piece about a homicide cold case.

The Jamestown News, which is owned by YES! Weekly Publisher Charles Womack, also took home several awards in Division A, for community weeklies with circulation under 3,500. Ogi Overman won first place for news enterprise reporting and second place for serious columns. Lenise Willis won first place for education reporting. Carol Brooks won second place for sports news reporting. Norma Dennis won third place for news feature writing and third place for feature writing. Staff at the newspaper won second place for a special section on a visit by President Obama.

In Guilford and Forsyth counties, YES!

Weekly’s coverage area, the News & Record topped the Winston-Salem Journal in Division F, for daily newspapers with circulation over 35,000. Both newspapers are owned by investor Warren Buffett.

For the News & Record, Margaret Moffett Banks, Taft Wireback, John Newsom, Dioni Wise took Third Place for general news reporting on the Mary Ann Holder killings. Mike Kernels and Jeri Rowe respectively won second and third for feature writing. Allen Johnson placed third in editorials. Joe Gamm, Travis Fain and Nelson Kepley took Third Place for online breaking news. Jeff Mills took First Place for sports news reporting. David Morrison placed first for sports feature writing. Ed Hardin took Third Place for sports columns.

Jerry Wolford won Second Place for both sports feature photo and photo page. Tim Rickard and Margaret Baxter respectively won first and third for illustration/photo illustration. Baxter also placed second for graphics. The newspaper’s staff also won First Place for best community coverage, Third Place for editorial page, Second Place for sports coverage and second place for news section design.

For the Journal, Lauren Carroll won the prestigious Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award. Bruce Chapman took Third Place for sports photography. John Railey won First Place for serious columns. Mason Linker, Lenox Rawlings, John Dell and Doug Mead took Third Place for sports coverage, for reporting on the tennis open. Cassandra Sherrill placed third for graphics. And staff won Third Place for general excellence for websites.

The High Point Enterprise won seven awards in Division E, a category for dailies with circulation between 12,500 and 35,000.

Paul Johnson won First Place in deadline reporting for stories about High Point Regional Hospitals’ merger with UNC Hospitals and third place for business writing. Jimmy Tomlin took First Place for both sports feature writing and headline writing, and Third Place for news feature. Don Davis Jr. won Second Place for general news photography. And the staff won Third Place for special sections for a project about Christmas in the Triad.