Cary News

Staff wins N.C. press awards

Panther Creek’s Nubian Spann shatters the backboard during the boys basketball game against Apex on Jan. 10, 2014. The game was suspended in the second quarter, and Panther Creek was leading Apex 20-14 with 6:54 remaining in the first half. The video made ESPN’s SportsCenter that night. Apex won the game 74-61.
Panther Creek’s Nubian Spann shatters the backboard during the boys basketball game against Apex on Jan. 10, 2014. The game was suspended in the second quarter, and Panther Creek was leading Apex 20-14 with 6:54 remaining in the first half. The video made ESPN’s SportsCenter that night. Apex won the game 74-61. newsobserver.com

The staff of The Cary News and Southwest Wake News was honored Thursday at the 2014 North Carolina Press Association annual awards ceremony.

Sports Editor J. Mike Blake earned first place for overall sports coverage for Southwest Wake News. This is the first NCPA award the newspaper has received since it was founded five years ago.

Reporter Paul A. Specht received two third place awards for stories in The Cary News. One story, about a local food truck owner, won third place for Profile Feature. Another story, about how the area’s growth and school crowding have affected the real estate market, earned third place in Education Reporting.

Freelance photographer Christine Adamczyk won second place in Sports Photography for a photo of Panther Creek basketball player Nubian Spann shattering the backboard during a boys basketball game against Apex.

Both newspapers compete against the state’s community newspapers with a circulation of 10,000 or more.

The awards were given at the Hill Alumni Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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