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TPI wins Best Public Service, top awards in APA state contest

Published 2:01pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc. has secured several additional top awards in the 2013 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Most notably, the Alexander City Outlook was awarded first place for Best Public Service in the contest for its coverage of the 2012 municipal election in Alexander City.

“This newspaper made covering the election their mission,” one judge wrote. “News articles, columns, editorials (and) a community forum all focused on involving the public in the election by thoroughly examining candidate backgrounds and positions. Good bit of investigative reporting. Strong effort all around.”

This is the second consecutive year The Outlook has achieved top honors in the Best Public Service category.

“I’ve very pleased that our peers have recognized The Outlook’s efforts to serve our community as the Best Public Service exhibited among Alabama’s smaller daily newspapers in 2013 and 2012,” said publisher Kenneth Boone. “That’s a big honor for us, because I believe that’s the ultimate goal of any newspaper. It is an honor that our entire staff shares.”

The Kentucky Press Association judged this year’s entries.

The awards were presented June 22 at the 2013 Alabama Press Association Summer Convention at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Fla.

Other awards included the following:

Alexander City Outlook

- Second place, Best Layout and Design

- Second place, Best Presswork

- Third place, Best Local Education Coverage

- First place in Best Headline by Austin Nelson and Virginia Spears

- First place in Best Editorial Column by Austin Nelson

- Second place in Best In-Depth News Coverage for Eagle Creek tornado coverage by Jessica Hargett, Austin Nelson and Virginia Spears

- Second place in Best Human Interest Column by Kenneth Boone

- Second place in Best Spot News Photo by Kenneth Boone

- Second place in Best Sports Photo by Kenneth Boone

- Third place in Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations by J.D. Cowart and Audra Spears

- Third place in Best Local Sports Column by J.D. Cowart

- Third place in Best Niche Publication for Lake Martin Living Magazine

The Outlook also won third place in the best single ad over 1/2 page in the 2013 APA Advertising Contest.

Dadeville Record

- Most Improved. One judge wrote, “Although most papers in this category made substantive changes, the layout and content improvements by The Dadeville Record are a clear step above the rest. Congratulations on the hard work and effort.”

- Second place, Best Local News Coverage

- First place in the Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations

- Second place in Best News Feature Story for “Despite home’s destruction, Berrys are thankful” by Virginia Spears

- Second place in Best Editorial Column by Roger Steele