As an editor guy, I’m usually happy these days when other people succeed.
That means I was really happy this past weekend at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual convention, where Daily Mail staffers were honored.
Especially notable was photographer Tom Hindman, who took home a whole stack of awards, including one for photo of the year.
— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) August 11, 2013
Tom’s award was for this photo of a great big moon with an airplane flying across. Tom said his wife, Diann, told him to take out the trash — and when he noticed how striking the moon looked he stayed outside for two hours until the airplane flew by and he got this shot.
— Charleston DailyMail (@charleywest) August 11, 2013
Tom also won the Best Feature Photograph category for that shot. He also won second place for Best News Photography and for Best Photo Essay. And Tom won another third-place award in the Best Feature Photograph category. Go Tom!
I was also really happy for crime reporter Ashley B. Craig, who won first and second place in “Best News Feature” plus first place in Legal Issues/Courts. From an editor’s point of view, Ashley is a great big miracle because she just walked into our newsroom one day a few years ago, hoping for a chance to write some stories and wrap up her college degree. We gave her a chance and she was pretty good — so good that she earned herself a job and is now one of our best, most reliable reporters.
The Daily Mail actually swept the Best News Feature category. Ashley took first and second place with “Memorial to troopers grows” and “Family revives toddler who fell in pond.” Reporter Zack Harold won third place with “Rescued pooch gets new home, Arlington neighbor gets dog.”
Ashley B. Craig also won first place for Best Coverage of Legal Issues/Courts with “Boyfriend had long record of arrests.” Daily Mail courts reporter Cheryl Caswell won second place in the category with “Shawn Lester pleads guilty/ Plants fears for witness safety.”
In all, Daily Mail staffers were honored with nine first-place, 13 second-place awards and two third-place awards. The Daily Mail placed first in General Excellence among the state’s largest newspapers by amassing the largest point total in the contest categories.
Other first-place awards by Daily Mail staffers were:
Best Sports Section, sports editor Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Lifestyle Columnist, Philip Maramba; Best Business/Labor Coverage, Jared Hunt; Best Lifestyles Feature Writing, Dave Boucher; Best Sports Pages, McGill and his staff; and Reporting of Governmental Affairs, Zack Harold.
Other second place awards were:
Best News Headline, Ashlee Maddy; Best Front Page, Philip Maramba; Best Single Issue, staff for the Oct. 31, 2012 edition; Best Sports Section, Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Written News Story, Zack Harold and Jared Hunt; Best Sports Columnist, Mike Casazza; Best Lifestyle Columnist, The Food Guy, Steven Keith; Service to the Community, the Daily Mail’s Neediest Cases appeal; Best News Photography, Tom Hindman; Best Lifestyle Pages, Monica Orosz; Best Photo Essay, Hindman.
Congratulations to all the great journalists I work with.
And congratulations to other journalists doing great work elsewhere around West Virginia.