2009 WINNERS

Congratulations to the best of East Tennessee journalism published or aired in 2009! The contest was judged by the Cincinnati SPJ Chapter. We are happy the judges’ results coincided with the Pulitzer Prize jury in selecting the overall GPC winner. And for the first time, the Horace V. Wells Jr. Community Service Award was won by a four-way tie. We’re pleased that so much excellent community service reporting is being done in East Tennessee. Many thanks to all who entered.

GOLDEN PRESS CARD: BEST OVERALL ENTRY

“Underfoot, Out of Reach,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“Judges cited this entry for being exemplary in what investigative reporting is all about. Judges are impressed by the depth and scope of the series and the inclusion of an online database.”

DIVISION 1-A: DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Guilty with life in prison,” Chloé Morrison, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Detailed wrap-up of a lengthy trial.”

2. “County law director Bill Lockett in turmoil,” Rebecca Ferrar, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Engrossing account of a mushrooming potential scandal.”

1. “Family feud turns bloody,” Jacqueline Koch, Maddie Burke, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“A brisk recounting of a bizarre shooting. Well-reported under tight deadline.”

No honorable mention for 1-A

DIVISION 1-B: DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

3. “Blount boy dies of E. coli,” Iva Butler, The Daily Times

“A sensitive retelling of a young boy’s sudden death.”

2. “Jury weighs Ghormley attempted murder case,” Chloé Morrison, The Daily Times

“Detailed wrap-up of a colorful and eventful trial.”

1. “Car dealer raided,” Jessica Stith, The Daily Times

“A nice hustle to an unexpected event. The reporter got story despite direct interference from subject. Good instincts!”

No honorable mention for 1-B

DIVISION 1-C: DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

1. “Gun found at CCHS,” Jennifer Caldwell, The LaFollette Press

“Reporter delivered an in-depth, interesting and informative article. Good job!”

No other awards for 1-C.

DIVISION 2-B: DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, TELEVISION

1. “10 News at Five: House Explosion,” Mary Cates, producer, WBIR-TV

“Comprehensive coverage, polished reporting, great use of video; no angle left uncovered.”

No other awards for 2-B

DIVISION 3-A: DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED WEB SITE

3. “Rock Slide,” Staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

2. “Arrest of UT football players,” staff, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Solid reporting of a bizarre crime.”

1. “House explosion in West Knox County,” Don Jacobs, Michael Patrick, Chloe Kennedy and Erin Chapin, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Good hustle on a local emergency. Good detail and eyewitness accounts.”

No honorable mention for 3-A

DIVISION 4-A: GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION >25,000

3. “Magistrate fakes documents …,” Michael L. Owens, Bristol Herald Courier

“Exposes conflict of interest.”

2. “Breach of trust,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“Harrowing tale of abuse of legal position. Exposed misconduct of someone charged with protecting those victimized.”

1. “Underfoot, Out of Reach,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“A hard-hitting investigation into Virginia’s lax oversight of landowners’ escrowed money for gas rights. Also examines the impact to landowners cheated out of access to their money.”

No honorable mention for 4-A

DIVISION 4-B: GENERAL REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

2. “Sharing scripture,” Chloé Morrison, The Daily Times

“A tight-knit community grapples with the disruption of an annual tradition.”

1. “Families say farewell,” Chloé Morrison, The Daily Times

“A sober, tender observance of soldiers off to war and families left behind.”

No other awards for 4-B.

DIVISION 4-C: GENERAL REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

3. State gun bills coverage,” Charles Maldonado and Frank Carlson, Metro Pulse

“Coverage informative with good description and pacing.”

2. “NRR: The plain truth,” Larry Van Guilder, Shopper-News Now

“Lots of solid reporting without being too preachy.”

1. “Facebook gay bashing,” Rose Kennedy, Metro Pulse

“Solid story with all viewpoints covered adequately.”

No honorable mention for 4-C.

DIVISION 5-A: GENERAL REPORTING, RADIO

4. “Ash spill coverage ’09,” Matt Shafer Powell, Chrissy Keuper, WUOT-FM

“Good job of simplifying a complex, detailed scenario and relating it to the station’s audience.”

1. “Davidson trial coverage,” Channing Smith, Catherine Howell, Dave Foulk, Chris Hensley and Josh Blanchard, WNOX-FM

“Very good attention to reporting the progression of the legal procedure, trial and testimony – yet doing it in a concise, conversational manner without resorting to a lot of “legalese” verbiage. Excellent blend of reporter narration and courtroom/courthouse sound.”

No second- or third-place awards for 5-A

DIVISION 5-B: GENERAL REPORTING, TELEVISION

1. “Investment deception,” Don Dare and Dave Wignall, WATE-TV

“Easy to follow and understand complex, dry financial information. Viewers will understand churning completely after watching this series of reports. Nice to see follow-ups continued to uncover new information.”

No other awards for 5-B.

DIVISION 6-A: CONTINUING COVERAGE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED WEB SITE

2. “Cheers for God,” staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“A thorough look at a community’s reaction to an important local issue.”

1. “Made in East Tennessee,” Morgan Simmons and Lauren Spuhler, Knoxville News Sentinel

“A sensitive reporting of local craftspeople’s trades. Painstaking attention to deal shines bright in this series.”

No other awards for 6-A

DIVISION 6-B: CONTINUING COVERAGE, INDEPENDENT WEB SITE

1. “Tennessee Voter Confidence Act,” Contributors, KnoxViews

“Good independent coverage of a complex issue, providing insight from several perspectives.”

Only one award for 6-B.

DIVISION 7-A: FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

4. “The sweetest friendship,” Kristi L. Nelson, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Heartwarming story that details the lives of two people who connect in an unusual way.”

3. “A Dream Realized: Matthew’s first Father’s Day,” Kristi L. Nelson, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Sweet story that vividly shares a father’s pain and recovery.”

2. “The Executioners,” Claire Galofaro, Bristol Herald Courier

“The details make this story nearly unbearable but utterly captivating.”

1. “Holding on to hope,” Emily Bregel, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Heartbreaking piece on one family’s struggle to carry on; well researched.”

DIVISION 7-B: FEATURE WRITING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

3. “Foal house,” Melanie Tucker, The Daily Times

“Sweet little story that keeps the reader’s attention.”

2. “Masters of Mayhem,” Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

“Lede sets scene with ‘you are there’ details for great story on band’s journey to discovery.”

1. “Silent no more,” Melanie Tucker, The Daily Times

“Well-researched piece that paints vivid picture of harrowing times.”

No honorable mention for 7-B

DIVISION 7-C: FEATURE WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

4. “Beauty and the Beast,” Charlotte Underwood, The LaFollette Press

“Details survival with care.”

3. “The Cult of Dr. Bass,” Rose Kennedy, Metro Pulse

“Great profile of subject with quirky character.”

2. “Cynic’s Guide to Holistic Healing,” Mike Gibson, Metro Pulse

“Love the imagery; fun way to tell story about ‘new age’ healing.”

No Award of Excellence for 7-C

DIVISION 8-A: FEATURE REPORTING, RADIO

4. “Kingston Coal Ash Spill: What’s in the air?”, Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT-FM

“Good writing and use of narration and audio sound bites to provide detail and answer potential concerns for listeners.”

3. “Brian Wagner’s Sound Booth,” Chrissy Keuper, WUOT-FM

“Good storytelling and wonderful descriptive writing to attract the audience into the story.”

2. “Black Bear Study,” Chrissy Keuper, WUOT-FM

“Good writing and storytelling using soundbites, natural sound and descriptive language. Good job relating a potentially bland topic to the audience and making it interesting.”

1. “Ol’ Brushy,” Catherine Howell, WIVK-FM

“Excellent descriptive writing and use of natural audio and soundbites to detail a historically significant story. Very good research and background and very good focus for a feature story.”

DIVISION 8-B: FEATURE REPORTING, TELEVISION

1. “Service & Sacrifice: Legacy of Leadership,” Steve Coy and John Becker, WBIR-TV

“Great use of natural sound; story takes viewer inside the process. Nicely shot and written. Good initiative to follow class through the process.”

No other awards for 8-B

DIVISION 9-A: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Chopped,” J.J. Stambaugh, Knoxville News Sentinel

“A diligent dive into FBI records and brought home by the connecting to police.”

2. “Breach of trust,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“A shocking talker – only gotten with good shoe-leather reporting.”

1. “Underfoot, Out of Reach,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“What investigative reporting is all about. The depth and scope of the series was only (?) by the complexity of the issues in question. The online database was a nice touch.”

No honorable mention for 9-A

DIVISION 9-C: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

2. “Scoring system revealed,” Charlotte Underwood, The LaFollette Press

“A good look at the inspector biz.”

1. “Farragut town administrator resigns,” Heather Mays, Farragut Press

“Close attention to a local scandal. Good job.”

No other awards for 9-C

DIVISION 10-B: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, TELEVISION

3. “Trustee’s office investigation,” Anthony Welsch, WBIR-TV

2. “Protecting patients,” Don Dare and Dave Wignall, WATE-TV

No Award of Excellence or honorable mention; no judges’ comments

DIVISION 11-A: SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Cheated out of childhood,” Don Jacobs, Knoxville News Sentinel

“A surprise story for the newsroom followed through with precision and compassion.”

2. “Underfoot, Out of Reach,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

“Investigative work at its best.”

1. “Celebrating 75 years: Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” Staff, Knoxville News Sentinel

“An awe-inspiring exercise of investigative history and relevant reporting. Great stuff.”

No honorable mention for 11-A

DIVISION 11-B: SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

1. “Wasted: People, money, lives,” Mark Boxley, The Daily Times

“A thorough look at the impact drugs have on a small community. The story goes beyond statistics and explores tracing a recovering addict’s harrowing tale.”

No other awards for 11-B

DIVISION 11-C: SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

3. “LaFollette government coverage,” Staff, The LaFollette Press

“The several reporters who have written about the conflict between LaFollette council and city administrator David Young have done a good job of reporting a set of tales with many twists and amazing turns. The consistency of quality in coverage of a complicated story is commendable, for both reporters and editors. The reporting should, however, have expanded to include appraisals and critiques by national organizations dealing with local governance issues and by commentary from scholarly experts.”

2. “Big Ears ’09: Adventures in Modern Music,” Matthew Everett, Alan Sherrod, John Sewell and Eric Dawson, Metro Pulse

“Metro Pulse has done a thorough presentation of an original musical event. The articles on composers and musicians nicely balance good biography with illuminating discussion of the music and/or musical genres.”

1. “John Murphy series,” Larry Van Guilder, Shopper-News Now

“Van Guilder performed a great public service by raising serious questions about federally subsidized housing developed by John Murphy, including Murphy’s parallel role as chair of the Knoxville Public Building Authority and his use of County Mayor Mike Ragsdale to approve city housing. Van Guilder has served the public interest extremely well. It is such journalism our country’s founders intended to encourage through the First Amendment. Van Guilder should pursue these matters, especially by pressing for further response from Murphy, Ragsdale and Knoxville’s elected officials.”

No honorable mention for 11-C

DIVISION 12-A: DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, RADIO

4. “The Time,” Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT-FM

“Very good mix of styles and variation of styles of a specific cultural entity, pertinent to the audience of this station.”

No other awards for 12-A

DIVISION 13-A: SPORTS REPORTING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Taking center stage,” Brian T. Smith, Bristol Herald Courier

“Reporter wrote a great article that shows his excellent writing skills. This was a great read.”

2. “More than just a name,” Spencer Campbell, Bristol Herald Courier

“Reporter did an amazing job conveying J. Wright’s story.”

1. “Prep Blitz,” Sports staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Each article was in-depth, interesting and well-written. Great job.”

No honorable mention for 13-A

DIVISION 13-C: SPORTS REPORTING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

4. “Coaching them up,” Stefan Cooper, Blount Today

3. “The Prodigal Vol,” Matthew Everett, Metro Pulse

“In-depth article that grabs your attention – insightful, interesting and an amazing read.”

2. “Henry still celebrating,” Ken Lay, Shopper-News Now

“Great job conveying Bobby Henry’s story; good writing and details.

1. “On the line,” Matthew Everett, Metro Pulse

“Fantastic – grabs the reader’s attention and holds it.”

DIVISION 15-A: EDITORIAL WRITING, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Honoring unknown Civil War soldier …; Long hard look at reducing crime…; Taking goodies…,” Hoyt Canady, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Tells it how it is. Great job offering a point of view, but also providing facts.”

2. “1,804 subsidies/Politics of destruction,” Editorial staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“An interesting take on the news; sharp and informative.”

1. “Our View,” J. Todd Foster, Bristol Herald Courier

“Top-notch, interesting take on the news.”

No honorable mention for 15-A

DIVISION 15-C: EDITORIAL WRITING, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

3. “Knox County government editorials,” Larry Van Guilder, Shopper-News Now

“Nice, witty pieces that give a flavor of local politics and personalities.”

2. “My Turn,” Jennifer Caldwell, The LaFollette Press

“Writer gives thoughtful opinions on local issues in clear, direct language that is refreshing and can be subtly persuasive.”

1. “Health Care Confidential,” Dean Novelli, Carole A. Borges and Dr. Mark Green, Metro Pulse

“Well-written, nicely presented opinion pieces that thoughtfully present aspects of health care reform that many voters – and officials – may not have considered.”

No honorable mention for 15-C

DIVISION 16-A: COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

4. “’Tis the season; Obamacare; The people’s park,” J. Greg Johnson, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Johnson provides an imaginative play on ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ He is particularly good with the flavor of the people and places of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, when Johnson writes about national issues, he forsakes his strength. Those pieces are unoriginal, undigested regurgitation of others’ commentary.”

3. “Pothead; Marine; Bro-mance,” J. Todd Foster, Bristol Herald Courier

“Foster offers a personal but fair evaluation of still-new President Barack Obama. … However, his concluding opinion is an out-of-left-field zinger that should be the subject of a separate opinion piece.”

2. “Virtues of baseball; Golly wow; Fillow pights,” Mark Kennedy, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Kennedy artfully reprises the tumult and tragedy of the 21st century’s first decade, then gently leads the reader to think about how the good in life can vastly outweigh rot in the ‘big world.’ Kennedy’s columns are uniformly well-crafted to draw purposeful lessons from ‘life stories.’”

1. “Chicken house full of memories; Choking on all the baloney; Did they use a condiment?” Sam Venable, Knoxville News Sentinel

“In this first-rate opinion piece, Venable leads the reader easily but craftily into comparing his experience in business travel with the Knox County sheriff’s gift of take-home vehicles to staffers. Having given the readers a graphically clear distinction between frugality and lavish spending of public funds, Venable slams home his message: ‘Cut out all the frills.’ A great piece of writing! Columns offer down-to-earth touch to generally serious subjects.”

DIVISION 16-B: COLUMNS, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

4. “Sleepin’ Single,” Amanda Greever, The Daily Times

3. “Sometimes getting the worm…; Celebrating two lives …; Smiles, tears …,” Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

“Colorful, vivid writing; heartfelt.”

2. “Coming to terms with Alzheimer’s,” Melanie Tucker, The Daily Times

“Tucker takes the fear of any child and finds hope for us all.”

1. “Where I Come From,” Linda Braden Albert, The Daily Times

“A wonderful voice, especially when recalling her father.”

DIVISION 16-C: COLUMNS, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

4. “Secret History,” Jack Neely, Metro Pulse

“The gift of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ is a gift that for Neely has kept on giving. His search for his grandparents’ neighbor Signe Chamberlin is a charming tale. Neely’s more topical columns on Knoxville’s apparent lack of concern for its history would apply to many American cities. And his resurrection of Knoxvillians who created the Great Smoky Mountains National Park truly tells a “secret history” of which all Knoxvillians should be aware and be proud – and from which we can all learn a lesson of civic involvement.”

3. “Frank Talk,” Frank Cagle, Metro Pulse

“Cagle brings to the fore a significant issue in discussing Tennessee’s political primaries. He properly criticizes Republicans and Democrats for abusing the power they have legislated for their own benefit. (It is not immediately obvious, however, that every citizen has the ‘right’ to run for public office. The U.S. Constitution, for example, sets limits on who can seek federal office.) On a different note, Cagle’s sharp comments on former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin are well-argued and deserve serious attention at the University of Tennessee.”

2. “A Sharper View,” Susan Sharp, The LaFollette Press

“Of particular note is Sharp’s column on lessons from her father. A close second is her humorous piece on frying the goldfish. Every parent should identify.”

1. “Emily’s Place,” Emily Schoen, Shopper-News Now

“From ‘the hamper will always be full’ to the first mammogram and the stripping of the back porch, Schoen brings a nice sense of humor to serious as well as everyday subjects. This is the kind of bright writing a reader seeks out among the necessarily drabber (but important) news stories of the day or week.”

“This category attracted many good, colorful writers. They treated subjects ranging from politics to family to values. It was difficult to choose the Award of Excellence winner.”

DIVISION 17-A: REVIEWS/CRITICISMS, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

1. “Music/concert/book reviews,” Joe Tennis, Bristol Herald Courier

“Fine storytelling with a dash of review.”

No other awards given for 17-A

DIVISION 17-B: REVIEWS/CRITICISMS, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

2. “The Avett Brothers…; It’s our annual…; Local CD review,” Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

“Just the right mix of attitude and information.”

No Award of Excellence or other awards for 17-B

DIVISION 17-C: REVIEWS/CRITICISMS, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

3. “Spoiler Alert,” Lee Gardner, Metro Pulse

“Writer is as much as storyteller as a reviewer.”

2. “Digital Hackery,” Dave Prince, Metro Pulse

“Writing is young and hip.”

1. “Backstage,” Kieron Barry, Metro Pulse

“Writer’s witticisms mesh well with reviews.”

No honorable mention for 17-C

DIVISION 18-A: BEST USE OF SOUND, RADIO

1. “Memories of the S&W,” Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT-FM

“Excellent mixing of primary audio-soundbites and several levels of music and support natural sound enhancement. Very good job with the flow of storytelling using interview sound bites and support audio.”

No other awards for 18-A

DIVISION 19-A: HEADLINES, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION >25,000

1. “Teens play show and cell; Countdown 5, 4, tweet, 2, 1; Pa rumpa pum yum,” Donna Cruze, Knoxville News Sentinel

“‘Show and Cell’ – clever double play on words. ‘Pa rumpa pum yum’ – eyecatching, witty and fits material. ‘Countdown’ – sharp and imaginative.”

No other awards for 19-A

DIVISION 19-C: HEADLINES, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

4. “Waking up is hard to do; Ouch of prevention; Dim sum serves up sadness,” Emily Schoen, Shopper-News Now

2. “Sick and fired; Fat like me; Haslam’s primary problem,” Leslie Wylie, Rose Kennedy and Coury Turczyn, Metro Pulse

“All three headlines, especially the first two, showed an especially bright, adroit ability to turn a phrase without risking treading on old turf. They also complement the artwork nicely.”

No third place or Award of Excellence for 19-C

DIVISION 20-A: PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION >25,000

4. “911 operators; Ramping it up; King College medical school,” Jerry Shell and Keith O’Dell, Bristol Herald Courier

“Very good-looking pages – reader-friendly, but too top-heavy.”

3. “Flu hits home; Write like Cormac; Kingston one year later,” Melanie Horton, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Very clean design ‑ very reader-friendly.”

2. “A new era; Bullets; Ragsdale cleared,” Design Desk, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Typographically pleasing to the eye; all have great lines and promote the inside contents very well.”

1. “State of the Arts, etc.,” Lin Parker, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“All reader-friendly and show definite variety. All convey lots of information in a clear, attractive design.”

DIVISION 20-B: PAGE ONE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

2. “1,000; Cross ties; Suspect eludes officers,” Richard Dodson, The Daily Times

“Clear, clean design ‑ page accommodates 3 to 4 articles and as many pictures without being cluttered. Use of color is very good.”

No other awards for 20-B

DIVISION 20-C: PAGE ONE DESIGN, NON-DAILY NEWSAPERS

No award givens (“Cluttered, confusing designs. Nameplate is good.”)

DIVISION 21-A: INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

3. “Beyond the eggs; Author’s omen; Pressed to impress,” Amanda Martin, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Very easy to navigate – attractive design. Especially liked the local page with Jackson story.”

2. “Life & Home,” Lin Parker, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Very interesting graphics that attract readers to a variety of articles. Excellent job of holding attention.”

1. “Dowsing; Artistic expression; 1969,” Jennifer Dedman, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Bold, eye-catching pages. Very few gimmicks used. Excellent effort at making pages reader-friendly without clutter.”

No honorable mention for 21-A

DIVISION 21-B: INSIDE PAGE DESIGN, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

3. “Celebrating women,” Amanda Greever, The Daily Times

“Pages are very easy to navigate. Pages have very clean lines. Art heds are not as effective as they might be.”

2. “Eight was enough; Give ’em six!; Vols’ slippery situation,” Gabriel Garcia, The Daily Times

“Designs are varied – show variety. Lines are defined and very clean. Inside agate is very easy to navigate.”

1. “Community contributor; In the groove; Swimming stars,” G. Alan Sieve, The Daily Times

“Lines are very clean. Information is extremely easy to read. The detail shots add interest to the pages.”

No honorable mention for 21-B

DIVISION 22: INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC, NEWSPAPERS

3. “Anatomy of a concussion,” Beck Towery, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Focal point of graphic illustration was a bit unclear. Zooming in tighter on skull and providing more detail would help.”

2. “What went wrong?,” Dan Proctor and Don Wood, Knoxville News Sentinel

“This infographic does a good job of laying out the different theories in a clear and comprehensive way. Perhaps a bit text-heavy.”

1. “The ‘I Want a Drink’ flowchart,” Matthew Everett and Nathanna, Metro Pulse

“Fun and energetic flow chart takes the read through a dizzy maze to answer the question, ‘Can I get a drink?’ The approach is novel and eye-catching.”

No honorable mention for 22

DIVISION 23: ART ILLUSTRATION, NEWSPAPERS

3. “My Santa Train,” Steven Shortridge, Bristol Herald Courier

“Fun and colorful, a good addition to the package.”

2. “Surviving the crash,” Don Wood, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Good concept and nicely executed background, but ‘hurricane’ main image feels a bit flat and lacking in a storm-like energy/motion.”

1. “The Perfect Catch,” Laura McNutt, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Clean, simple and well-executed. This illustration gets the message across quickly and cleanly. Headline works well with the ‘hook.’”

No honorable mention for 23

DIVISION 24: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION, NEWSPAPERS

3. “Financial readiness,” Daryl Sullivan, The Daily Times

“Great job. The bills in the mail are a familiar reminder of financial problems.”

2. “Health care substance abuse,” David Crigger, Bristol Herald Courier

“The multiple images tell how drugs are abused. The addition of color to black-and-white pictures is a plus.”

1. “A new Tennessee Dawn,” Rey Pineda, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Multiple elements that are combined well to tell the story of a new era of Tennessee football.”

No honorable mention for 24.

DIVISION 25-A: DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

4. “Leon Houston found not guilty,” Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Picture does excellent job of showing dejection of family members at jury’s verdict and elation of accused shooter. Catches range of emotions.”

3. “Euclid Avenue wreck,” Andre Teague, Bristol Herald Courier

“Picture of trapped woman really does good job showing emotion of the accident and impact on those involved.”

2. “Mail run,” Dan Henry, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“This entry does a great job telling the story – man wading through high water to mail a letter tells story of flood well.”

1. “Rainbow Kayaker,” Matt Fields-Johnson, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Great picture – really tells a story on its own (but would have liked to see caption to get full details of the story).”

DIVISION 25-B: DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

3. “Arm-ful Rebound,” Joy Kimbrough, The Daily Times

“The photograph showed good sports action.”

2. “Robbery suspect causes school lockdown,” Daryl Sullivan, The Daily Times

“The escape scene captured a sense of urgency that told the whole story.”

1. “Façade falls, hurts 2,” Mark A. Large, The Daily Times

“The scene is captured well. The photograph was able to tell the information without the reader reading the story.”

No honorable mention for 25-B

DIVISION 25-C: DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

4. “Gridiron apostle,” Dwane Wilder, The LaFollette Press

“Fantastic job capturing the message.”

3. “Fire destroys Cherry Bottom home,” Susan Sharp, The LaFollette Press

“Good job showing the devastation.”

2. “Any Questions? (Monday Morning Quarterback),” Jenifer Clark, Blount Today

“Talk about a good action shot – this delivers.”

1. “Ashley Kerr slides safely home,” Brandon Shin, Blount Today

“Great moment – the action and elation were captured in great detail.”

DIVISION 26-A: FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION > 25,000

4. “Shouting Match,” Allison Kwesell, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Great humor.”

3. “Practice Jump,” Dan Henry, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Dramatic silhouette gives a hint of terror felt by jumpers.”

2. “Running start kite flying,” Earl Neikirk, Bristol Herald Courier

“The kite-flying sequence allows viewers to experience the elation of a youngster getting his kite to fly. Nice moment!”

1. “Born to race,” Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Provides a dominant action picture supported by detail shots that tell an interesting story.”

DIVISION 26-B: FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWSPAPERS WITH CIRCULATION < 25,000

4. “What I Lost,” Mark Boxley, The Daily Times

“The detail pictures are good.”

2. “Blount honors fallen vets,” Mark A. Large, The Daily Times

“The reflection shot adds interest to an awards ceremony.”

No third-place or Award of Excellence for 26-B

DIVISION 26-C: FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

2. “Are you going to eat all that?,” Ruth White, Shopper-News Now

“Great! Expression on face really grabs reader and leaves little to the imagination.”

No other awards for 26-C

DIVISION 27: EDITORIAL CARTOON, NEWSPAPERS

4. “Knox Triage,” Elizabeth Bricquet, Metro Pulse

“Very effective in its relating intent to reader.”

3. “Obama onboard,” Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Good effort in taking a well-known historical image and using it to relate to current situation.”

2. “Scarlet Letterman,” Charlie Daniel, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Good job focusing on a high-interest/high-visibility story and finding a well-known satirical tie-in for the reader. Artwork is appropriately exaggerated.”

1. “UT police escort,” R. Daniel Proctor, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Excellent job of taking a topical local interest story and putting a satirical, yet humorous angle on it. Excellent artwork – simple but effective.”

DIVISION 28-A: FREELANCE WRITING FOR PRINT

2. “A personal touch: Mac’s pharmacy stays independent,” Mary Leidig

“Folksy look at health care on a micro level.”

No other awards for 28-A

DIVISION 29-A: OVERALL SITE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED WEB SITE

4. “www.lives-wasted.com,” Mark Boxley, The Daily Times

“Excellent effort of providing a source of information in an important social service area.”

3. “www.govolsxtra.com,” Sports staff, Knoxville News Sentinel

“A very good effort at providing a ‘niche’ site for a specific audience that readily absorbs the multi-levels of information and background.”

2. “www.timesfreepress.com,” Staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Lots of tools on this site to easily lead site users to the information or specific story they’re seeking. Overall design is clean, simple and not overwhelming to user.”

1. “www.knoxnews.com,” Jack Lail, Jigsha Desai, Erin Chapin, Talid Magdy and Lauren Spuhler, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Excellent effort at providing site-user with easy navigation. Information categories are well-organized – site user has quick access to specific stories or categories without cutting through a lot of layers.”

DIVISION 30-A: ONLINE USE OF PHOTO, MEDIA-AFFILIATED WEB SITE

1. “Sgt. Davis posthumous award,” Dan Henry, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Beautiful photos and great audio. Together they told a story beyond words on a page. Nice job.”

No other awards for 30-A

DIVISION 31-A: ONLINE USE OF VIDEO, MEDIA ORGANIZATION-AFFILIATED WEB SITE

4. “TVA Coal Ash Spill,” Patrick Smith, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Video presentation gave viewer a very good perspective on the total impact of the incident on the surrounding community.”

3. “Swan Pond Lost,” Erin Chapin, Talid Magdy and Lauren Spuhler, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Good job of using documentary storytelling techniques to track the progression of the story and detail the total impact and current situation.”

2. “Mysteries of the Missing series,” Talid Magdy, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Good job of integrating video/audio storytelling techniques to enhance elements of the stories. Those involved also took initiative to develop ‘target’ audience for the stories.”

1. “Death on Chipman Street,” Erin Chapin, Jigsha Desai, Talid Magdy and Lauren Spuhler, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Excellent storytelling using compelling video/audio/editing components – style of documentary, or mini-doc, is effective in keeping viewer’s interest without going into too many layers.”

DIVISION 32-A: BEST BLOG, AFFILIATED WITH MEDIA ORGANIZATION

4. “No Silence Here,” Michael Silence, Knoxville News Sentinel

“Would like to see more content – links are good; however, add more of your own writing for each entry.”

1. “The Daily Pulse,” Staff, Metro Pulse

“Creative and interesting blog. This is something I would go back to every day. It’s fresh, witty and just on the edge of sarcastic. Love it!”

No other awards for 32-A

DIVISION 32-B: UNAFFILIATED BLOG

1. “Oh, That Reminds Me,” Emily Schoen

“Creative blog idea – taking your work out of the newsroom. Beautifully written as well as witty, this should be partnered with your news column.”

No other awards for 32-B

DIVISION 33: COLLABORATIVE REPORTING

2. “Memories of the S&W,” Matt Shafer Powell and Carly Harrington, WUOT-FM and Knoxville News Sentinel

“A fond look back at a local landmark.”

1. “Nursing home sexual abuse,” Michael L. Owens and Dana Wachter, Bristol Herald Courier (with WJHL NewsChannel 11)

“If only the nursing home officials followed through like the Bristol Herald Courier and NewsChannel 11. Thorough coverage – well done!”

No other awards for 33.

DIVISION 34: HORACE V. WELLS JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Four-way tie:

“Protecting Patients,” Don Dare and Dave Wignall, WATE-TV

“The Shape We’re In ,” Staff, Chattanooga Times Free Press

“TVA ash spill coverage,” Charles Maldonado and Frank Carlson, Metro Pulse

“Underfoot, Out of Reach,” Daniel Gilbert, Bristol Herald Courier

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