For the second year in a row The Stokes News has won awards in the North Carolina Press Association’s annual News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest, widely regarded as one of the largest and most competitive news competitions in the country.
This year, The Stokes News took two awards. Editor Nicholas Elmes won first place in the Division B Arts and Entertainment reporting category for his coverage of the Stokes County Arts Council’s production “The Meaning of Our Tears.”
Elmes wrote a series of stories on the production last summer, interviewing the playwright and director as well as a number of cast members about the difficult task of dramatizing the well know Lawson family murders in the Germanton area. Those stories were followed up with a story on how the Arts Council used a portion of the proceeds from the production to make a donation to help combat domestic violence in Stokes County.
Elmes and sports writer Amanda Dodson also won a third place award for News Coverage in the competition.
In that category, judging is based on the content of the entire paper, focusing on the community-wide importance of the news covered, timeliness, quality of reporting and writing, and impact of the headlines and leads. Judges gave The Stokes News high praise in their notes.
“Love this publication, includes a wide variety of well written news,” they wrote. “I want to keep reading! Good job guys!”
“We’re so fortunate to have Nick and Amanda serving our readers and viewers in Stokes County,” agreed Stokes News Publisher Sandra Hurley. “Their dedicated work for the community has brought informational pieces and a true picture of the areas they serve.”
The Stokes News’ sister publication, The Yadkin Ripple, also won two awards in the annual contest, taking third place in both the Lighter Columns and News Coverage categories in Division A.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.