North Carolina Press Association Honors 3 Alt-Weeklies

The North Carolina Press Association’s 2011 News, Editorial and PhotoJournalism Contest recently recognized Independent Weekly, Mountain Xpress and Yes! Weekly with several awards in its division for community newspapers.

Independent Weekly took 12 awards total; placing first in the categories of General News Reporting, Feature Writing, Special Section, Best Niche Publication and Criticism.

The paper also picked up second place in News Feature Writing, Education Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Photo Page, Lighter Columns, Appearance and Design and Criticism.

Individual winners were Lisa Sorg, Emily Wallace, Bob Geary, Chris Kromm, Samiha Khanna, Joe Schwartz, Jeremy M. Lange, John Valentine, Byron Woods and Adam Sobsey.

Mountain Xpress received six awards, including first place for entries in News Feature Writing and Best Multimedia Project. It also took second place in Online Breaking News, News Enterprise Reporting and Best Niche Publication and received a spot in third place in Profile Feature.

Individual winners were David Forbes, Jake Frankel, Margaret Williams, Mackensy Lunsford, Susan Andrew, Will Rice and Jonathan Welch.

Yes! Weekly took home three awards, placing first in Sports Columns, second in Profile Feature and third in Criticism. Individual winners were Brian Clarey and Ryan Snyder.