Winston-Salem Journal Wins 25 NC Press Association Awards | Local News

The Winston-Salem Journal received 25 awards, including nine first prizes, at the NC Press Association’s annual convention Thursday in Raleigh.

This year’s event was the first to be held in person since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards for the period published between October 1, 2020 and February 28, 2022 continue a streak of good performance for the newspaper.

For the 2021-2022 News, Writing and Photojournalism Competition, the Journal received eight first-place prizes, eight second-place prizes and eight third-place prizes. In the publicity competition, the Journal received first place.

Seven current and two former staff members received awards.

The Journal competes with the state’s leading metropolitan newspapers for overall excellence and individual awards. This year, the Review won third place in the Overall Excellence category.

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Jeri Young, the Journal’s editor, praised the newsroom’s commitment to its readers.

“I’m so proud of the staff and the hard work we’ve done over the past two years,” Young said. “These awards show how important the work we do is to the community.”

Walt Unks, the Journal’s photography editor, received two first-place awards in two categories: photography and sports and photo page or essay. Unks’ photos, “Deacs in the driver’s seat” and “High Country Snow” were shortlisted for top prizes.

Journalist John Dell received top honors for sports writing for his story, “A special-needs eighth-grader has her moment in the spotlight on the basketball court.”

Mick Scott, editor of the Journal’s editorial page, received first place for serious columns – ‘No bed of roses, no pleasure cruising’; “Sky of Darkness and Sorrow”; and “What have you done for me lately?”

Journalist Wesley Young received first place in the Mark Binker Public Notice Award for his article “One property, two visions of the future”.

Metro columnist Scott Sexton received first place for Lighter Columns for his work, “Department of Private Works”; “Christmas Compassion” and “Glory Days”.

Ray Causey, the Journal’s advertising sales manager, received first place for the use of color for the Winston-Salem Foundation scholarship ad.

Journal staff received first place for illustration/photo; illustration/print or interactive graphics for “The First Hours – Fighting the Winston-Weaver Fire.”

Journal staff also received second place for their use of social media for Journalnow.com on social media.

Ethan Joyce, a former Journal sportswriter who covered Appalachian State University sports teams, received second place for sports reporting for his article, “Quitting: With Tears and Humor, Williams Quits away.”

Sexton received runner-up Serious Chronicle honors for his work, “No Room at the Inn”; “Troubling Pattern” and “Crystal Towers Dilemma”.

Photographer Allison Lee Isley received runner-up photography spot honors for her photo, “Massive fertilizer plant blaze guts.”

Unks received second place in two other categories: photography, sports reporting and photography, background information for his photos, “West Forsyth Girls Leading Glenn” and “Police Shut Down Tent City”.

Isley received runner-up honors for Cinematography, Sports for his pic, “Wake Jump on Pitt Early, Never Let Go.”

Journal reporters John Hinton and Wesley Young along with Unks and Andrew Dye, a former Journal photographer, received second place for making headlines for their work, “‘Terrible out here’ – Residents rescued as widespread flooding is occurring in Winston-Salem, Region”.

Journalist Lisa O’Donnell received third place in the ledes category for her stories, “Losing Jumil”; “On a mission”; and “Mary Alice Warren gets her day.”

Michael Hastings, the Journal’s editor, received third place in arts and entertainment reporting for his work, “Caterers turn to family meals after pandemic slows.”

Journal staff received third place honors for sports coverage on February 25 and 26. The staff also received third place honors for the special section of their “7 Over 70 – 2021 edition”.

Staff received third place honors for community coverage June 13-15, 2021. Staff received third place honors for media coverage of their story, “Days of Violence: Two Women’s Bodies Found After that a man shot at a police station”.

Staff also received third place honors for media coverage of their story, “Searching for Answers: Mother Wants to Know Who Killed Her Son.”