Judges' comments: "Clear winner. Scientific data clearly explained for general audience. Nice use of charts/breakout boxes."
First Place, Feature Writing, "A sweet story" by Emily Wallace (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "Though this was a long story, the reporter kept my interest. It was an interesting subject that was covered from a variety of angles. Thorough reporting; good writing that doesn't call attention to itself. Very good job."
Judges' comments: "This is a fun special section that goes beyond the usual tired offerings tied to alcohol. I really liked the writing in 'What'll Ya Have?' You really got to know the people. That was so fun to read. I liked the sidebars as well. The design and photos are really attractive, especially the typefaces and design in the restaurant listings. Great job."
First Place, Niche Publication, "Annual Manual 2011-2012" by staff (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "A very informative guide to the Triangle area. It really made me want to visit this area. Outstanding writing, layout and a clever approach to sharing insider tips on the neighborhoods."
Judges' comments: "Chilling is the best way to describe this well researched, reported and written news feature. The best journalism gives the reader information about people and issues at the same time."
Judges' comments: "The reporters use census data and other sources to put together an in-depth look at a trend sparked by a loophole in state law. They offer a graphic illustration of the issue and then follow up with a story when state lawmakers move to address the issue. An impressive effort."
Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year, Community Division, D.L. Anderson (NCPA)
This award honors the late Hugh Morton, owner of Grandfather Mountain, but best known for his passion for photography. He helped to start the N.C. Press Photographers Association and the Southern Short Course in News Photography. Morton's pictures appeared in Time, Life and National Geographic, and in countless newspapers. The award recognizes a photographer's body of work for the entire contest year. Judging the portfolio of 10 photographs took into account the content and composition of the photographs, as well as their technical quality and story-telling impact.
Judges' comments: "Anderson has an eye for the unique, a great sense of composition, a technical touch and a natural knack. In a division where every photographer had at least a few standout pictures, Anderson's portfolio was packed."
First Place, General Excellence Website, www.indyweek.com by staff (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "White's writing is ambitious and bravetwo qualities that don't always combine in criticism. Her piece on the Spanish art show at Duke University expressed serious opposition to certain curatorial decisions in a way that was forceful without being snide or dismissive."
Judges' comments: "This 'movie' made with black and white still images by Jeremy Lange is stand-out work and a creative and interesting angle on how change has affected a Durham neighborhood and a look at the different avenues religion takes."
Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, "Stolen youth" by Mosi Secret (Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families)
Judges' comments: "This is the strain of journalism that elevates the profession: crusading and authoritative, passionate and clearly told. Secret exposes gaping holes in the investigation and prosecution of a 15-year-old robbery suspect, any number of which would undermine judicial fairness. High-impact coverage of an increasingly common story of miscarried justice."
First Place, General News Photography, "Finally free" (story link) by D.L. Anderson (N.C. Press Photographers Association)
Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, "Dreams deferred" by Mosi Secret (Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families)
Judges' comments: "The reporter conveys the complexities involving Derrick Steele's struggles to overcome addictions to find meaningful, legal work through a Durham jobs program. Secret also shows how the program falters through lack of funding and commitment, leaving participants unsteady and on the edge."
Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year, Community Division, Derek Anderson (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "Great use of light. Daring cropping. A clear winner. Intimacy with subjects. Sense of humor comes through. Great job! Keep pushing the envelope."
First Place, Investigative Reporting, "Stolen youth," a profile of a teenage boy convicted of a crime he probably did not commit, by Mosi Secret (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "Powerful story by Mosi Secret casts doubt on the convection of a 15-year-old for robbery. It's obvious that a great deal of preparation went into this work, which has attracted much attention."
Judges' comments: "Fiona is proof positive of what the common tools of reporting can do when put in the hands of an uncommonly hard worker. Nothing is taken at face value, everything is reported out and then conveyed in clear, precise prose. She does great credit to her profession and her paper." David Carr, media columnist, The New York Times
Judges' comments: "Great dogged (no pun intended) reporting that shows that people will lie to youand you don't have to accept it. Community papers need to be watchdogssorry, not intended againand this one was, and had an impact."
Second Place, News Feature Writing, "Drink it raw," a feature story about the underground market for raw milk, by Suzanne Nelson (NCPA)
Judges' comments: "The author displays an original voice, which makes an unusual topic important while doing a good job of presenting both sides."
Second Place, Illustration, "Prince George" by Tyler Bergholz (AAN)
Judges' comments: "I loved the expressiveness and personality of the illustrations." Stephanie Grace Lim, former features design director, San Jose Mercury News
Third Place, Appearance and Design, by staff (NCPA)
This entry consisted of two full issues of the paper (Oct. 4 & 11, 2006), judged for "attractiveness and consistency of layout, typography, use of photos, effective headlines and overall impact of the newspaper's appearance."
Judges' comments: "Creative covers. Very easy to read and navigate through the paper."
Judges' comments: "These reviews are some of the best I've read in recent times. The author's depth of research brings each of the movies to life and provides a detailed context for understanding each of the filmseach review takes on a life of its own but never loses its focus on the movie under scrutiny.... The author's dedication to each of the films enhances his credibility as a critic and storyteller: At times it seems as if the author were part of the movies' creative teams." Art Janik, grant writer for New York City Center, a landmark performing arts center in Manhattan
Third Place, Website Content Feature, "Me Against Me" by Derek Anderson (AAN)
Judges' comments: "A really nice job of using audio track and photos to add depth to a print feature." Erin Kissane, editor of AListApart.com, an online magazine for people who make Web sites
Judges' comments: "In my opinion, the best of the bunch. A nice variety of images that captured a mood and gave me a sense of place with visually appealing images." Alicia Calzada, past president of the National Press Photographers Association
Judges' comments: "So moving, I'm still thinking about it. An incredible amount of effort produced an incredible story. This entry was head and shoulders above the rest. You've taken in-depth writing to a new level. Excellent, excellent news feature."