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The Daily wins 11 Alabama Press Association honors

By Scott Morris
smorris@decaturdaily.com · 340-2431

Competing against the largest newspapers in the state, The Decatur Daily won 11 awards in the 2007 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The Daily captured both the first- and second-place awards for Best In-Depth News Coverage or Series.

The first-place award was for a special project called “Decatur’s Hispanic Influx: Fusion Cultural.”

Staff writers Eric Fleischauer, Martin Burkey, Bayne Hughes, Michael Wetzel, Chris Paschenko and Melanie Smith shared in the top award. Metro Editor Regina Wright coordinated the project.

Winning second place in the category was Staff Writer Sheryl Marsh with articles about how Alabama sheriffs profit personally from their inmate food programs.

Staff Photographer Jon-athan Palmer won first place in the Best Feature Photo category for an entry titled “Bang the drum for Daikin.” (Photo reprinted on page D1.)

Staff Photographer Emily Saunders took third place in the same category for a feature called “Model for a day.”

Other awards

Other Daily awards were:

  • Best Presswork: second place.

  • Best Editorial Page or section: second place.

  • Best Local Economic Coverage: second place.

  • Best Editorial: third place, “Close nightclubs or control activities” by Executive Editor Tom Wright.

  • Best News Photo: second place, “Answer to our prayers?” by Staff Photographer John Godbey.

  • Best Sports Photo: second place, “Austin misses shots, but collects victory” by Staff Photographer Gary Cosby Jr.; third place, “A league of their own” by Godbey.

    Seventy-one newspapers submitted 2,779 entries in the annual contest. Louisiana Press Association judged the entries.

    The awards will be presented July 21 at APA’s 136th summer convention in Orange Beach.

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