A partial list of winners in the 2013 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest was released this week by the APA Better Newspaper Contest Committee, naming the Opelika-Auburn News as the recipient of 13 editorial awards.

Among its accomplishments, the News won 10 first-place honors, including all four sportswriting categories.

“I am extremely proud of but not the least bit surprised by the variety and quantity of the awards received by the O-A News team,” said Opelika-Auburn News Publisher Rex Maynor. “This newspaper has a long history of providing quality local news that is relevant to our community, and a sports staff that is second to none.”

Seventy newspapers submitted 2,668 entries in the annual contest. The Kentucky Press Association judged the entries.

Winners in the General Excellence, Best Public Service, Freedom of Information, Most Improved, Best Presswork, Photo of the Year, and Story of the Year categories will be announced at the 2013 Alabama Press Association Convention awards banquet June 22 at the Hilton Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.

The Opelika-Auburn News won the following editorial awards in Division B:

   » 1st place, Best Spot News Story, for coverage of the University Heights shooting and suspect manhunt;

   » 1st place, Best In-Depth News Coverage, for Joe McAdory’s coverage of the parole hearing of Eddie Seibold, convicted of murdering three Auburn girls in 1967;

   » 2nd place, Best News Feature Story Coverage, for Chris Anthony’s coverage of The Railyard arts and music event in Opelika;

   » 1st place, Best Human Interest Column, for Mike Szvetitz’s column “A full heart, broken,” reflecting on the fatal December shooting in Newtown, Conn.;

   » 1st place, Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage, for “Female coach wanted to lead Hornets,” regarding Beauregard High School’s softball team, by Mike Szvetitz;

   » 1st place, Best Sports Single Event Story, for “Chizik becomes 1st coach fired within 2 years of national title,” by Ryan Wood;

   » 1st place, Best Sports Feature Story, for Ryan Wood’s “Defining Courage,” on the establishment of the James Owens Courage Award, honoring Auburn University’s first black scholarship football player;

   » 1st place, Best Local Sports Column, for “Remembering April 27 an important act,” by Jason Galloway;

   » 2nd place, Best Feature Photo, for “The Definition of Courage,” by Vasha Hunt;

   » 1st place, Best News Photo, for “Ex-AU player Goodwin sentenced to 15 years,” by Vasha Hunt;

   » 3rd place, Best Spot News Photo, for “Welcome Back?,” by Laura Chramer;

   » 1st place, Best Sports Photo, for “Just not enough,” by Vasha Hunt; and

   » 1st place, Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations.

2013 APA Advertising Contest

Announced earlier this month were the winners of the 2013 APA Advertising Contest, also judged by the Kentucky Press Association. Thirty-five newspapers submitted 1,036 entries in this year’s contest.

The Sweepstakes and Ad of the Year awards will be announced at the June 22 banquet.

The Opelika-Auburn News won the following advertising awards in Division B:

   » 3rd place, Best Single Ad ½ Page and Under – Color, for Event Center Downtown ad, by Emily Wilkins;

   » 1st place, Best Single Ad Over ½ Page – Color, for East Alabama Arts ad, by Emily Wilkins;

   » 3rd place, Best Single Ad Over ½ Page – Color, for Ware Jewelers ad, by Emily Wilkins;

   » 3rd place, Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper, for “Back 2 School Sweepstakes” ad, by Emily Wilkins;

   » 1st place, Best Advertising Campaign, for Opelika Sportsplex campaign, by Emily Wilkins; and

   » 3rd place, Best Signature Page, for the creative services department’s Buy Local page.


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