Photo courtesy of Alabama Press Association.
(L to R) Dan Starnes, Matthew Allen, Kristin Williams and Sydney Cromwell hold their first place plaques at the Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The Hoover Sun snagged more than a few awards last weekend at the annual Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The chairman of the APA Better Newspaper Contest Committee, Dee Ann Campbell, honored the winners at the APA convention in Destin, Florida, on June 18 with awards for outstanding reporting, photography, design, advertising and multimedia. A total of 110 newspapers across the state submitted 2,775 entries from their 2015 publications.
The Hoover Sun won five different awards in Division E:
1st Place - Best Sports Page
1st Place - Creative Use of Multimedia
3rd Place - Best Public Service
3rd Place - Best Layout and Design
3rd Place - Best Photo Essay
In all, Starnes Publishing took home 39 awards across five of its papers — 280 Living, Hoover Sun, The Homewood Star, Vestavia Voice and Village Living.
Starnes Publishing distributes seven monthly papers in total — Hoover Sun, Village Living, 280 Living, The Homewood Star, Cahaba Sun, Vestavia Voice and Iron City Ink – as well as daily e-newsletters.
Some of the other exceptional awards presented to Starnes Publishing this year focused primarily on serving the local Birmingham community. These included:
2nd Place - Best Local Education Coverage
3rd place - Best Local Economic Coverage
3rd place - Best Local News Coverage
1st Place - Best Public Service for “What’s in a name? Vestavia considers new mascot” by Katie Turpen
The Homewood Star
1st Place - FOIA/First Amendment Award
1st Place - Best Local News Coverage
2nd Place - Best Public Service for "Tuberculosis Outbreak" by Staff