The Jackson County Sentinel won a total of 16 awards in the 2019 Alabama Press Association Media Awards Contest.
Dee Ann Campbell, chairman of the AMA Contest Committee, said 90 publications submitted 3,394 entries in the annual contest. The awards were presented Saturday, June 29 at the 2019 APA Summer Convention at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.
The Sentinel captured four first place awards, eight second place awards and four third place awards in the advertising, editorial and magazine contests.
“I am very proud of the honors our staff received this year,” said Sentinel Publisher Brent Miller. “Their dedication is what provides our readers not only with valuable content, but also with top-notch, award-winning publications.”
The Sentinel won its first-place awards in the editorial contest. Sports Editor Jason Bowen won two first place awards for Best Sports Photo (Pisgah celebrates state title) and Best Sports Single Event Story for his story on the North Jackson softball team finishing third at state.
Managing Editor DeWayne Patterson won first place honors in Public Service for “A Shattering Truth,” an in-depth look at destruction of methamphetamine in the area.
Former Sentinel Publisher Brandon Cox also won a first place award for Best Editorial Column or Commentary for “Paint Rock’s meetings rule are illegal.”
Also, in the editorial contest, Cox won second place for Best Editorial for “The role of journalism.” Bowen won second place for Best Local Sports Column for “Meadows was a coach to the end.”
Graphic Artist Elizabeth Law won second and third place in Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations.
The Sentinel staff won second place for Best Use of Social Media (Facebook Shout Outs), third place for Best Local Education and third place for Best Layout and Design.
In the advertising contest, the Sentinel won three awards: second place for Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section Newsprint or Glossy, second place for Best Advertising Campaign (Blake Wright Allstate) and third place for Best Advertising Campaign (Scottsboro Family and General Dentistry).
In the magazine contest, the Sentinel won two second place awards. Law and Kevin Terrell won second place for Best Single Photo (Adventure by Kayak), and Law and Danielle Kirkland won second place for Best Cover Photo (Farming for the Future).