The Southeast Sun earns top honors again

Members of award-winning staff of The Southeast Sun show off their plaques from the top categories presented to them last week by Alabama Press Association Executive Director Felicia Mason. Pictured, from left, are Josh Boutwell, sports editor; Russell Quattlebaum, co-publisher; Michelle Mann, staff writer; Caroline Quattlebaum, co-publisher; and Debbie Mock, graphic designer.

The Southeast Sun won 47 awards, including first place in the General Excellence Division for the sixth time in seven years, and the Advertising Sweepstakes for the sixth consecutive year, when the 2020 Alabama Press Association Media Awards were announced by Dee Ann Campbell of the AMA Contest Committee on Friday, June 26. Felicia Mason, executive director of the Alabama Press Association, presented the top awards to The Sun staff.

“We have an outstanding group of employees who are proud of the product they produce every week for our readers and advertisers,” said Russell Quattlebaum, co-publisher. “We are blessed to have such a great staff.”

This year, 98 publications submitted 2,921 entries in the annual contest. The Mississippi Press Association membership judged the entries. The awards were presented through a virtual awards program instead of the annual banquet due to COVID-19.

In the editorial category, The Sun brought home 24 awards.

First Place

• General Excellence

• Best Lifestyle/Family Pages

• Best Sports Coverage

• Best Local Economic Coverage

• Best Local Education Coverage

• Best Feature Story Coverage: “Revealing God’s Love in strip clubs” by Michelle Mann

• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations: “Centennial Commemorative Magazine timeline” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Use of Social Media: “Boll Weevil Monument Centennial Celebration” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Public Service: “Boll Weevil Monument Centennial Celebration” by Michelle Mann, Caroline Quattlebaum and Slayton Shaw

Second Place

• Best Local News Coverage

• Best Business Story or Column: “Alabama Power Company team stays ready for disaster response” by Michelle Mann

• Best Editorial Column or Commentary: “To seek truth and report it” by Michelle Mann

• Best Sports Feature Story: “Former Wildcat shares his story, listens at EHS” by Josh Boutwell

• Best Local Sports Column: “A spring league can work, but we have to support it” by Josh Boutwell

• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations: “Elite Eleven” by Kimberly Myers

• Best Headline: “Enterprise earns ‘unbollweevible’ honor” by Michelle Mann

• Best Special Section – Newsprint: “Bridal Showcase”

• Best Niche Publication – Newsprint or Glossy: “Centennial Commemorative Magazine”

• Creative Use of Multimedia: “Grubba sisters reunite for the holidays at CJHS” by Justin Blowers and Emily Edwards

• FOI-First Amendment Award: “Transparency” by Michelle Mann and Cassie Gibbs

Third Place

• Best Sports Photo: “Enterprise’s Ashlyn Purvis goes in for a takeaway against Montgomery Academy” by Caroline Quattlebaum

• Creative Use of Multimedia: “Living Cemetery Event” by Michelle Mann and Justin Blowers

• Best Newspaper Website: “southeastsun.com”

• Best Production and Printing

In the advertising category, The Sun brought home 23 awards.

First Place

• Advertising Sweepstakes

• Best Classified Page or Section

• Best Single Ad ½ Page and under, black and white: “IAM Local Lodge 2003” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Single Ad over ½ Page, black and white: “Enterprise Paint and Industrial” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Single Ad over ½ Page, color: “Searcy Funeral Home” by Kimberly Myers

• Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section Newsprint or Glossy: “Fort Rucker Appreciation” by Kimberly Myers and Slayton Shaw

• Best Advertising Campaign: “Sawyer Surgery Clinic” by Kimberly Myers

• Best Original/Creative Idea: “Mellow Mushroom” 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 Niche Publication: “Centennial Commemorative Magazine” by Kimberly Myers and Slayton Shaw

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

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

Second Place

• Best Single Ad ½ Page and under, black and white: “Action of Enterprise” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Advertising Campaign: “Dobbs Eye Clinic” by Slayton Shaw

• Best Original/Creative Idea: “Williams Auto Parts” by Slayton Shaw

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

• Best Use of Humor: “Williams Auto Parts” by Slayton Shaw

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

Third Place

• Best Single Ad ½ Page and under, black and white: “Lewis Smith Supply” by Kimberly Myers

• Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section Newsprint or Glossy: “Bridal Showcase” by Kimberly Myers and Slayton Shaw

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

• Best Use of Humor: “Mellow Mushroom” by Slayton Shaw

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