In Today’s Herald: Generally Excellent

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7-TIME WINNER | Strong showing at NCPA Awards

The North Carolina Press Association’s “General Excellence” awards are much coveted. We won 2nd place in our circulation category at the NCPA Winter Institute last night, recognition for which we’re extremely proud. We also had a number of individual winners…here’s the story from today’s edition…

CARY — The Herald was winner of seven North Carolina Press Association awards handed out Thursday night at the NCPA’s Winter Institute including second place in the general excellence category.

The seven awards are The Herald’s most in a single year since 2000.

Each year, newspapers are judged in a number of categories, ranging from news reporting to sports photography, and winners are chosen in specific circulation categories. The Herald falls under the 15,000-or-less daily circula­tion category and competes each year against nearly 30 other newspapers annually.

Herald reporter Jonathan Owens received two awards Thursday, one second-place award for headline writing and a third-place award in sports writing for a story on Tobacco Road being named the 10th most difficult golf course in the nation.

Community Editor Jamie Stamm won second place in the criticism category for her book reviews. Brooke Wolfe received a third place award in news photography for a photo she shot of a family that had just escaped a house fire in Sanford.

And Herald movie critic Neil Morris won first place in the criticism category for his reviews, including “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

The Herald news staff received a third-place award in the feature writing cat­egory for a series of stories it did about cancer survivors for the Relay For Life event.

The highlight of the evening was the general excellence award, which honors the newspaper as a whole.

“Our newsroom was pleased with the recogni­tion, and we’re hoping to increase that number in the coming years,” said Herald Editor Billy Liggett, who joined the paper in Febru­ary 2007. “Our individual awards show we have a talented staff here, but the general excellence award shows we work well as a team.We’re very excited about that.”

The NCPA Winter Insti­tute awards ceremony was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary. A complete list of winners from all North Carolina newspa­pers in all categories can be found online at www.ncpress.com.

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