The annual Alabama Press Association Summer Convention was held last weekend at Perdido Beach Resort. Throughout the weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with publishers from newspapers all across the state to learn what they’re doing at their own publications. The classes were fantastic, and I brought home ways to improve our own news organization (look for changes coming your way).
The convention concluded with the awards dinner. A number of awards aren’t revealed until the night of the convention. To our excitement, the staff won four additional awards. We brought home First place for Best Website, First place for Best Sports Coverage, Third place for Most Improved, Third place for Lifestyle/Best Family Pages, and Third place for General Excellence.
In May, the APA announced the first round of awards. The Citizen won: Third place Best Spot New Story for “Town Recovering After Tragedy, Community Comes Together” by Denise DuBois; Third place best Business Story for “Possum Trot” by DuBois; First place for “Empower the Next Generation” by DuBois; Third place for “Chad, We’re Praying for You” by DuBois; First place Best Sports News In-Depth for “Road to the Championship” by Mark Clark; Third place Best Sports Single Event for “Central Wins, Finished” by Clark; Second place Best Feature Photo for “Butch Anthony Possum Trot” by DuBois; First place Best Sports Photo for “Raines has Helmet Turned” by Tyler Melton; Second place Best Headline for “Nothing Sour about Pickleball” by Clark; Third place Best Single Ad under half-page by Bradley Beasley; Second place Best Single Ad over half-page by Beasley; First place Best Regular Special Section for “Who’s Next Football Guide;” Third place for One Time Special Section for “F1NISHED;” Third place for best In-Paper Promotion by Beasley; Second place for Best Signature Page for “Eat Local” by Beasley; Third place for Best Presentation of Online Advertising” by Beasley, and Third place for Best Innovative Online Advertising by Beasley.
We are so happy to bring East Alabama news to our community every week. While these awards are nice to look at, we know that we serve our community first.
By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor
Correction: On last week’s front page of the Citizen of East Alabama the photo of the 11-year-old Phenix City Cal Ripken Jr. 11U photo misidentified one of the players. The correct name of the player is Cameron Dawson. We are sorry for this error.