APA Media Awards

The Southeast Sun earned a record 60 awards, including first place in the General Excellence Division for the fifth time in six years and the Advertising Sweepstakes for the fifth consecutive year at the 2019 Alabama Press Association Media Awards banquet Saturday, June 29.

Held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, the banquet marked the highlight of the APA’s 148th annual summer convention which was held June 28-29. APA is the oldest trade association in the state of Alabama.

“We have a hard-working staff who wants to do the best job they can for our community, both in news and advertising,” Sun Co-publisher Caroline Quattlebaum said. “These awards belong to them and I am so proud of the work they do.”

“This is truly a team effort. We couldn’t do it without each person on our staff giving their best,” Sun Co-publisher Russell Quattlebaum said.

Ninety publications submitted 3,394 entries in the annual contest. The Illinois Press Association judged the contest.

In the editorial category, The Sun brought home 33 awards.

First Place

General Excellence

Best Newspaper Website

Best Production and Printing

Best Editorial Page or Section

Best Lifestyle/Family Pages

Best Local Economic Coverage

Best Business Story or Column: “Home Sweet Home” by Michelle Mann

Best Editorial: “Most recycling a waste of taxpayer money” by Caroline Quattlebaum

Best News Photo: “Believers & Achievers” by Laura Fezie

Best Photo Essay: “Milestones” by Laura Fezie and Justin Blowers

Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations: “Spring Sports Guide” by Slayton Shaw

Creative Use of Multimedia: “Faith is his foundation” by Michelle Mann and Cassie Gibbs

Best Use of Social Media: “Community issue poll” by Cassie Gibbs

Second Place

Best Sports Coverage

Best Use of Photographs/Editorial Content

Best Editorial Column or Commentary: “Journalism matters, now more than ever” by Michelle Mann

Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage: “AHSAA to implement replay system in high school football” by Josh Boutwell

Best Sports Feature Story: “Keeping history alive” by Josh Boutwell

Best Feature Photo: “WinShape Special Ops” by Laura Fezie

Best News Photo: “Silent Sermon” by Cassie Gibbs

Best Sports Photo: “Morgan Harrelson (16) embraces Summer Burress (3) after the Lady Cats scored a goal” by Laura Fezie

Best Photo Essay: “Read Across America: Fashion Edition” by Laura Fezie

Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations: “Farm City Week” by Slayton Shaw

Best One-Time Special Section: “Veterans Day” by the staff

Creative Use of Multimedia: “Building boxes for children of courage” by Michell Mann and Justin Blowers

Third Place

First Amendment Award: “A meeting by any other name–Open Meetings Law” by Michelle Mann

Best Local Education Coverage

Best Local News Coverage

Best News Feature Story Coverage: “Faith is his foundation” by Michelle Mann

Best Photo Essay: “EHS hosts WinShape Camp” by Laura Fezie

Best Headline: “ECS to STEMulate elementary minds” by Justin Blowers

Creative Use of Multimedia: “10 questions about the Boll Weevil” by Laura Fezie

Best Use of Social Media: “Scavenger hunt” by Laura Fezie

In the advertising category, The Sun brought home 27 awards.

First Place

Advertising Sweepstakes

Best Single Ad over ½ page black and white: “Lewis Smith” by Kimberly Myers

Best Single Ad over ½ page color: “Action of Enterprise” by Slayton Shaw

Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper: “Fort Rucker full moon” by Slayton Shaw

Best Advertising Campaign: “Bryan Pharmacy” by Kimberly Myers

Best Original/Creative Idea: “Fort Rucker Appreciation house ad” by Slayton Shaw

Best Classified Display Ad: “Wayne Farms” by Slayton Shaw

Best Signature Page: “Back to School” by Kimberly Myers and Slayton Shaw

Best Use of Humor: “Sawyer Surgery” by Kimberly Myers

Best Innovative Online Advertising-Single Ad: “Citizens Bank” by Kimberly Myers

Second Place

Best Single Ad ½ page and under black and white: “Café Roma” by Kimberly Myers

Best Single Ad over ½ page black and white: “Enterprise Paint” by Slayton Shaw

Best Single Ad over ½ page color: “The Grand” by Slayton Shaw

Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper: “Fort Rucker instructor pilot” by Slayton Shaw

Best Advertising Campaign: “Sawyer Surgery” by Kimberly Myers

Best Original/Creative Idea: “Sam Boswell breast cancer awareness” by Slayton Shaw

Best Classified Display Ad: “Beaver Tree Service” by Slayton Shaw

Best Use of Humor: “Bender Eyecare” by Slayton Shaw

Best Presentation of Online Advertising

Best Innovative Online Advertising-Single Ad: “First Baptist Church” by Kimberly Myers

Third Place

Best Classified Page or Section

Best Single Ad over ½ page black and white: “IAM Local Lodge” by Slayton Shaw

Best Single Ad over ½ page color: “The Little White Dress Shoppe” by Kimberly Myers

Best In-Paper Promotion of Newspaper: “SES Online” by Kimberly Myers

Best Original/Creative Idea: “McDonald’s Santa” by Slayton Shaw

Best Classified Display Ad: “A Site Solution” by Kimberly Myers

Best Innovative Online Advertising-Single Ad: “Searcy Funeral Home” by Kimberly Myers

(1) comment

Max

Congratulations to all the wonderful people at the Sun. My only complaint is I wish that you published the paper more than once a week and start including puzzles. I know this would increase your cost but I will subscribe if I had to to get it. Love the Southeast Sun.

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