Winners of the 2013 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest were announced Saturday night at the organization’s summer convention in Destin, Fla., where the Opelika-Auburn News received General Excellence and other honors in its division.

The O-A News staff took home first place for General Excellence, best editorial page or section category, best sports page, best layout and design and third place for best lifestyles/family pages in Division B. The News' coverage of the University Heights shooting in July 2012 was named Story of the Year.

The O-A News also received first place in General Web Excellence; first and second places in Creative Use of Multimedia; second and third places in Online Breaking News Coverage; first place for Continuing Web Coverage of the University Heights shooting; second place for Best Presentation of Online Advertising; second place for Best Presentation of Online Advertising; third place for Best Innovative Online Advertising – Single Ad; first, second and third places for Best Online Advertising Campaign; and second and third places for Online Revenue Builder.

Other awards announced Saturday included Best Public Service, Freedom of Information, Most Improved, Best Presswork, Photo of the Year and eight other categories.

General Excellence awards are based on total points earned in five areas: issues submitted for the general excellence category; awards in eight general categories; awards in the public service and FOI categories; awards in single event categories; and awards from the advertising contest.

The APA announced the O-A News as the recipient of 19 editorial and advertising honors from the Better Newspapers Contest in May.

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