SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) today announced the winners of eight President's Awards in the specialty publications and community news division, an annual competition honoring the best content at McClatchy's non-daily publications.
The winners include HCP Media, the Kansas City Star and the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., for beautiful, sophisticated lifestyle magazines. Also honored are reporters Kevin Manning of the Puyallup Herald in Washington, Michael Harrison of the Fort Mill Times in South Carolina and Mark Schultz of the Chapel Hill News in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer won for an innovative project on the college admissions process, and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif., won for a quarterly magazine that dives deep into local business and trends.
"These awards reflect the excellent work McClatchy employees are doing all across the country – and not just in our largest newsrooms," said Craig Forman, McClatchy's president and CEO. "We are proud to honor such a broad range of innovative projects."
This year's specialty and community news awards were judged by three McClatchy leaders: Tim Grieve, vice president for news; Mark Zieman, vice president for operations; and Kim Nussbaum; vice president for advertising.
The specialty and community news awards follow the announcement in March of President's Awards for McClatchy's daily publications.
Here is the full list of winners in the specialty publications and community news division:
Fort Mill Times
Testing water quality
Michael Harrison, Reporter
As questions about water quality arose across the country, the Fort Mill Times reached out to readers via social media and invited them to have the water in their homes tested for lead and other elements. The judges said they were struck by the ambitious nature of the project – and by the successful attempt to engage deeply with local readers.
Legacy of Krystal Skoda
Kevin Manning, Reporter
High school sports coverage can fade into a blur of scores and stats, but not in the hands of Kevin Manning. In a three-part series, Manning dug deep into the painful story of a family – and a team – that lost its matriarch. Manning's wrenching work transcends sports and touched the hearts of the judges – and of the readers.
The News & Observer
Liza Roberts, Editor/General Manager; Jesma Reynolds, Creative Director; Jessie Ammons, Assistant Editor; and Mimi Montgomery, Community Manager
For the second year in a row, Walter caught the eye of the President's Award judges. A monthly city magazine for Raleigh, North Carolina, Walter offers all the beauty and sophistication of the finest national lifestyle magazines – and it is, unsurprisingly, incredibly popular with readers and advertisers in the Research Triangle.
The Kansas City Star
Zim Loy, Editorial Director; Alice Govert Bryan, Art Director; Judy Revenaugh, Photo Manager; and Aaron Leimkuehler, Senior Photographer
Spaces explores fine living in the Kansas City area. The judges noted that many such magazine are aspirational, but that Spaces works hard to make itself useful. Its second-annual "What the Pros Know" issue offered readers practical insider tips on everything from room design to kitchen tools.
Carlos Martin, Sr. Graphic Designer, HCP Media and Christine Borges, Sr. Editor, HCP Media
Created for the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, Senses uses cutting-edge design and stunning photography to highlight the opportunities for visitors at the luxury resort.
The Charlotte Observer
Roland Wilkerson and Jennifer Rothacker
The college admissions process can be confusing and challenging for students and parents alike. With CarolinaCollegeBound.com, The Charlotte Observer uses weekly newsletters and a website to help families through the process in North Carolina and South Carolina. The innovative effort has been popular with both college-bound high school students, their parents, and the advertisers who seek to reach them.
The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune
With BizBuzz EXTRA, The Tribune provides ambitious, in-depth coverage of local companies and trends in the fast-changing community of San Luis Obispo. The 48-page quarterly has been popular with both readers and advertisers – so much so that it enjoyed a 41 percent gain in advertising revenue in 2016.
The Chapel Hill News
Mark Schultz, Reporter
Over the course of a year, Schultz both entertained and pulled at the heartstrings of readers with beautifully written feature stories on everything from a hard-luck hog to a group that uses music to help people with autism and other developmental issues find their voice.
McClatchy is a publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates 30 media companies in 29 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
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