News & Observer and its community papers reap awards

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2013 

The News & Observer and its community publications won 36 awards this year from the N.C. Press Association. The awards were presented Thursday in Chapel Hill.

Among the prizes was first place for public service for the series “Prognosis: Profits,” which examined hospital costs. The N&O produced the series, and shares the award, with its sister paper, The Charlotte Observer.

N&O writers J. Andrew Curliss, Jane Stancill and Dan Kane won first place in deadline news reporting, and Stancill and Kane, along with writers Jay Price and Andrew Carter, won the Duke University/Green-Rossiter Award for Work in Higher Education.

Luke DeCock won first place in sports feature writing

The N&O staff also won first place awards in online breaking news and for a special section on the opening of a new wing at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Chapel Hill News won the General Excellence award for non-daily newspapers with circulation over 10,000. The Cary News placed second and North Raleigh News third. The N&O placed third in General Excellence for daily newspapers with circulation over 35,000.

Also among The N&O’s community papers, J. Mike Blake of The Cary News won first place in sports columns, and Greg Mintel of The Cary News won first place in sports photography. Tammy Grubb of The Chapel Hill News won first place for a profile feature.

For The Durham News, Harry Lynch won first place in feature photography, and he shared a first place with Mark Schultz for use of photographs.

Second- and third-place awards won by The N&O and its community papers:

• Arts and entertainment reporting, second place: Adrienne Johnson Martin.

• General news photography, second place: Shawn Rocco.

• Illustration/photo illustration, second place: Tim Lee.

• Headline writing, second place: Adrienne Johnson Martin.

• Appearance and design, second place: Staff.

• Special section, second place: Staff.

• Deadline news reporting, third place: Martha Quillin and Amanda James.

• Education reporting, third place: Thomas Goldsmith and T. Keung Hui.

• Investigative reporting, third place: Mandy Locke and David Raynor.

• Best video, third place: Travis Long and Amanda James.

• Criticism, third place: John Murawski.

• Feature section design, third place: Staff.

• Sports news reporting, Community Division, second place: J. Mike Blake of The Cary News.

• Sports coverage, Community Division, second place: J. Mike Blake of The Cary News.

• News coverage, Community Division, second place: Staff of The Cary News.

• Feature writing, Community Division, second place: Chelsea Kellner of the North Raleigh News.

• Use of photographs, Community Division, second place: Staff of the North Raleigh News.

• Education reporting, Community Division, second place: Rebecca Putterman of the Clayton News-Star.

• Feature writing, Community Division, third place: Chelsea Kellner of the North Raleigh News.

• News feature writing, Community Division, third place: Sarah Mansur of the Chapel Hill News.

• Arts and entertainment reporting, Community Division, third place: Dave Hart of the Chapel Hill News.

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