News-Herald earns three NCPA awards

Published 6:20 pm Friday, March 5, 2021

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RALEIGH – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald keeps adding to its collection of journalistic awards.

In a virtual event held Feb. 26, the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) announced the winners of the 2019-2020 Advertising, News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest.

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald received three awards. That effort was led by Staff Writer Holly Taylor. She captured two awards: second place for Serious Columns, and third place for General News Photography. The latter award was for her collection of photos, published on Nov. 27, 2019, taken during the “First Thanksgiving” performance staged annually by kindergarten students at Ridgecroft School.

News-Herald Editor Cal Bryant won first place in the category of Headline Writing.

Only three winners are named in each category within each newspaper division. The News-Herald competes in Division C (non-daily publications with a circulation of more than 10,000 per week).

News-Herald staff writers are routinely recognized for their work by the NCPA.

In 2018-19, Taylor won her first-ever NCPA award with her three-part series on Human Trafficking. That second place award was in the News Enterprise Reporting category.

That same year, Bryant was recognized by the NCPA in the category of General News Reporting and Headline Writing. Both of those were second place awards.

Former News-Herald staffer Gene Motley was a second place winner in Serious Columns for 2018-19. He placed first in that same category one year earlier. Motley also won second place in 2018-19 for Sports News Reporting.

One year earlier, Motley earned the highest honor in the category of City-County Government Reporting with his three-part series on the financial difficulties experienced in 2017 by the Bertie County Public School system, and its plan to fix those problems.

In 2016, the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald’s news and ad staff combined to earn 11 awards, the highest total ever won by this newspaper in a single year. Four of those winning entries were judged in first place.

In 2012, the news staff was judged in first place for Best Community Coverage category. Four years prior, the staff earned second place in the Special Sections category for “OLF, Looking for a Place to Land”, a 12-page tab devoted entirely to the plans being developed at that time by the U.S. Navy to construct a highly controversial Outlying Landing Field (practice facility) at one of five sites in northeastern North Carolina and southside Virginia.

In 2007, the NCPA awarded its Best Special Section to the News-Herald’s “Crossroads – 2006.”

Over a stretch of 10 years prior to that, the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald earned eight News, Editorial & Photojournalist Contest awards from the NCPA. Exactly one-half of those honors were judged as first-place entries.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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