The Daily Mountain Eagle and Walker Magazine were recently
recognized by the Alabama Press Association (APA) in its Better Newspaper Contest (BNC),
earning statewide awards for editorial …
The Daily Mountain Eagle and Walker Magazine were recently recognized by the Alabama Press Association (APA) in its Better Newspaper Contest (BNC), earning statewide awards for editorial content, advertising and magazine work.
Winners of the 2018 awards were presented at the BNC Awards Banquet during the APA Summer Convention on Saturday at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Publisher James Phillips, a member of the APA Board of Directors, was on hand to accept awards for the Daily Mountain Eagle.
“We had a good showing in this year’s awards,” Phillips said. “It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers. The Daily Mountain Eagle considers itself to be one of the best small daily newspapers in our state, and earning awards is one way to measure that claim. Our award count has grown in each of the last two years, and I fully expect us to be competing for General Excellence (the top award) within the next two years.”
In the editorial contest, 64 newspapers submitted 2,132 entries. The Daily Mountain Eagle earned a third place award for Best Editorial for an editorial on the 1-cent tax vote by Ed Howell, a third place award for Best Humorous Column for “Some holiday traditions happen by accident” by Phillips, a second place award for Best Sports Feature Story for “Wrestling a perfect fit” by Johnathan Bentley and a third place award for Best Sports Photo for “Oakman leap” by Bentley.
In the advertising contest, 39 newspapers submitted 803 entries. The DME earned a third place award in Best Original/Creative Idea for “Friday the 13th” by Phillips and Malarie Brakefield and a first place award for Best Presentation of Online Advertising.
In the editorial and advertising contests, the Daily Mountain Eagle competed in Division B, which included papers from Selma, Cullman, Alexander City, Auburn and others.
In the magazine contest, 24 magazines submitted 274 entries. Walker Magazine earned a second place award for Best Single Feature Story for “Secrets of a Storyteller” by Jennifer Cohron and a third place award for Best Advertising Campaign or Series for “City of Jasper” by Brakefield.
The magazine contest only had one division, with Walker Magazine competing against other magazines from Tuscaloosa, Vestavia Hills, Selma, Hoover, Birmingham and other areas across the state.
“In my opinion, our newspaper and magazine have improved greatly in the last year, and our showing in the contest is a testament to that,” Phillips said. “Our staff works extremely hard to present honest, truthful and factual hard news stories, creative feature stories and eye-catching ad designs. We were awarded in all three of those areas. I am always proud to be a small part of the great team we have at the Daily Mountain Eagle.”