Arkansas Press Women

An association of professional communicators

2013 APW Comms Contest winners!

Close-Up Of Trophy
1A – News story, print based newspaper
• 1st place – Going Up, Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
• Keith takes an ordinary story on building permits and makes it interesting by noting that tiny Greenbrier has issued as many new residential permits as Conway. A source makes the important point that people moved to Conway to get away from Little Rock, and now they’re moving to Greenbrier to get away from Conway.
• 2nd place — Habitat Director, Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
• The writer outlines the scope of accusations against a Habitat director accused of embezzlement and works in interesting comments from a prosecutor who says a change in the law has vastly soften the penalty for embezzlement. The stolen sums may be relatively small, but they can devastate a community nonprofit.
• 3rd and HM not awarded

1B – News story- magazine
• 1st place – Debbie Miller, NWACC, “Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson chosen as next president.”

2 – Continuing coverage or unfolding news
• 1st place Cassi Lapp Fire, The Weekly Vista, “Fire service hot annexation topic”

7A – Editorial opinion print based newspaper
• 1st place Jenny Deshields, The Weekly Vista, “Divided we stand.”

8B – Feature story – Magazine
1st place – Concert Honors Father, Debbie Miller, NWACC Insight; The writer does a good job of telling the story of a longtime faculty member through a concert held in his honor.
• 2nd Place – Not awarded.

9A – Personality (500 words or less)
• 1st Place – Debbie Miller, Legacy newsletter, NWACC
• Interesting history of subject, logically explaining how he got to current role with the college foundation. Additional voices would have helped by making the story broader _ though that would have risked exceeding the 500-word barrier.

2nd and 3rd: Not awarded.

9B – Personality (501 words and up)
• 1st Place – Sally Carroll, The Village Voice, “Bryan trumps tragedy”
• Riveting recollection of a terrible tornado that everyone in the region remembers, even if they weren’t directly connected. Logical flow of story. Like other entries in this category, the piece suffers from a lack of multiple voices. It left a handful of questions unanswered but for its emotional energy was the clear favorite.

• 2nd Place – Emily Van Zandt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Front and Center: Brad Allen”
• Fun read about an interesting hobby: calling ducks when there aren’t necessarily any ducks around. More voices would have helped. I’d like to know what competitors have to say about Brad Allen? What was it like for his wife the first time she saw him compete?

• 3rd Place – Cassi Lapp, The Weekly Vista, “Roll Out The Welcome Mat”
• Good preview of what often becomes a routine annual tour, giving readers a sense of something to look forward to before heading out.

10A – Specialty articles – advertorials
• 1st place, Debbie Miller, Celebrate Arkansas magazine, “Learning for a Lifetime.” “ Citiscapes Metro Monthly, “ NWACC progresses on presidential search.”
10B – Specialty articles – 1st Place, Tammy Keith “Running out of time.” Ark Democrat Gazette (River Valley and Ozark)
• 2nd place Tammy Keith, “Farmer base stirred up.”
• 3rd place Tammy Keith, “Fresh from the Farm.”

10C – Specialty articles, arts and entertainment 1st place, Tammy Keither, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, River Valley and Ozark edition, “It’s a classic,” “We’re honored.”

10D Specialty articles – Business,
• 1st place, Tammy Keith “Signs of the Times, and “Perryville experiencing a boom in businesses.” Ark Democrat Gazette (River Valley and Ozark)
• 2nd place – Tammy Keith, “Conway developer restores, repurposes downtown buildings,” “Apartment renovation in the heart of Conway”
• No 3rd place
• HM – Tammy Keith, “Martial arts development huge for Van Buren County,” and “Bee Branch company sells cake stands to Disneyland.”

10E – Special articles-education
• 1st place, Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition) “Seeing Stars,’ and “ready for students.”
• 2nd – Tammy Keith, “The Dyslexia Project,” “Teachers Seek Endorsement for memorial scholarship”
• 3rd place – Tammy Keith,” Headed to Class,” “Fraternity fights prompt tighter rules at UCA.”
• HM – Debbie Miller, “ NWACC Students in Free Enterprise Win Key Honors at National Expo” and “NWACC Faculty member named to national office.”

10G – Specialty articles – Foods
• 1st Place , Tammy Keith, Arkansas Life, “Not Just pie in the sky,” and “A very first lady Thanksgiving.”

10-H – Specialty articles – Government and politics
• 1st place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition) “County set to replace 1890s bridge,” and “Morrilton eyes sports complex, sales-tax increase.”
• 2nd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Scaring up a good time,” “Lost & Found.”

10-I – Specialty articls – Green/Environmental
• 1st place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Transformational restoration project set for river in Clinton,” and “Mayflower gifted and talented students form club, plant garden.”

10-J – Specialty articles – History
• 1st place – Vivian Hogue, 501 Life. “Remembering travel by train,” and “Remembering a country ‘swimming hole’”

10-K – Specialty articles – hobby or craft
• 1st place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Clogging Queen,” and “Vintage vinyl.”

10-L – Specialty articles – Home
• 1st place Tammy Keith, Arkansas Life, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “A man cave by any other name,” and “A rockin’ pool.”

10-M – Specialty articles – Physical Health
• 1st – Debbie Miller, “ A Cancer Journey,” and “Wind beneath our wings.”
• 2nd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “We Made it,” and “Praying for Preslee.”
• 3rd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), ‘Honor and Remember,” “Perfect just the way he is.”
• HM – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Expanded Service,” and “Conway Interfaith Clinic practitioner does diabetes study.”

10-N – Specialty articles- Religion
• 1st Place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition),”For Sale, One church, used mainly on Sundays.” “Come as you are.”
• 2nd Place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition),”On Watch,” “We bought a zoo church.”

10-Q – Specialty articles – Social issues
1st place – Cassi Lapp, The Weekly Vista, “Nonprofit serves as oasis for women,” “On to the next.”
2nd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Chicken dance marathon,” “Help on the way.”
3rd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “A hunger to help,” “Everybody cares.”

10R-Specialty articles- sports
• 1st place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Average guy, incredible talent,” “Called to coach.”
• 2nd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “An inspiration,” “Making waves.”
• No third pace
• HM- Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Shooting star,” “I don’t like to lose.”

11A – Columns-Humorous
• 1st place — Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Getting older better than the alternative.”
• 2nd place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “It may be too late for the worst cooks boot camp,” “Getting in touch with my inner triple A.”
• 3rd place – Vivian Hogue, 501 Life, “Healthcare memories,” “Holiday memories.”
• HM – – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Cramming into cars for car pools in the old days,” “Hello why are we obsessed with telephones?”

11B – Columns-general
• 1st place — Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “Putting life in perspective.”
• 2nd Place – — Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition), “We have to stop Sanduskys in our society.”
• 3rd place – Bill Shrum, Stuttgart Daily Leader, “One of us.”
• HM – Vivian Hogue, 501 Life, “Fall, the spice of life.”

12- Headlines
• 1st place – Tammy Keith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (River Valley & Ozark edition),”For Sale, One church, used mainly on Sundays,” “Fat cat, brat cat go to mat.”
• 2nd place – Jenny DeShields, The Weekly Vista – “No Shocking results form electrofishing,” “Moo-re cheese please,” and “leaf’ lakes alone.”

13A – Single page, section or supplement regularly edited by entrant
• 1st place – Jenny DeShields, The Weekly Vista – “Sports and Recreation”

15B – Publications regularly edited by entrant
• 1st Place Vivian Hogue, “Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings.”
• 2nd place – And Sally Carroll/Christy Attlesey entry “Village Voice.”

16A – Page design
• 1st place – Jenny DeShields, The Weekly Vista, “Roasted and Toasted”
• 2nd place – Jenny DeShields, The Weekly Vista, “Community ties.”
• 3rd place – Jenny DeShields, The Weekly Vista, “Work in Progress.”

17A Single photograph – News or feature photo
• 1st place – Cassi Lapp, The Weekly Vista, “Cooler heads prevail.”
• 2nd Place – Cassi Lapp, The Weekly Vista, “ Tough choice.”
• 3rd place – Cassi Lapp, The weekly Vista, “Kayaking companion.

17C – Single photograph – general photo
• 1st place – Jenny DeShields, TheWeekly Vista, “A view from the top.”
• 2nd Place – Rob Hanlon, NWACC Legacy, “Linda and David Thrasher.”

31A – Social media campaign, nonprofit, government and educational
• 1st place – Chris Holtman, NWACC, iGIve Social Media campaign
• 2 place – Kristin Netterstrom, Cooperative Extension Service, Public policy center/election
• 3rd place – Chris Holtman, NWACC, Rebranding process

33. – Single ad for print or electronic publication
• 1st place – Tara Berry and Rob Hanlon, NWACC, “Where outstanding opportunities await YOU.”

37 – Community, institutional relations
• 1st place – Sally Carroll, Christy Attlesey, “TheVillage Voice”

38 – Public Service
• 1st place – Kristin Netterstrom, Cooperative Extension Service, “Ballot issues education campaign”.

39 – Marketing program or campaign for new or existing service or product
• 1st place – Rob Hanlon, Chris Holtman, Debbie Miller, NWACC – “Return to Learn.”

42 – Magazines
• 1st place – Helen Plotkin, “Hendrix, Fall 2012”

43. Magazines (Public relations)
• 1st place – Sally Carroll, Christy Attlesey, “The Village Voice.”

44. Newsletters
• 1st place – Kristin Netterstrom, Cooperative Extension Service, “Energizing Arkansas.”
• 2nd place – Debbie Miller, Chris Holtman, Tara Berry, Rob Hanlon “NWACC Insight, Issue 19”
• 3rd place – Debbie Miller, Chris Holtman, Tara Berry, Rob Hanlon “NWACC Insight, Issue 16”
• HM – – Debbie Miller, Chris Holtman, Tara Berry, Rob Hanlon “NWACC Insight, Issue 18”

48. News or feature release – single release
• 1st Place – Debbie Miller, NWACC, “NWACC’s Board Agrees to Pursue Contract.”
• 2nd place – Debbie Miller, NWACC, “NWACC Students in Free Enterprise Win Key Honors.”

49. News or feature release, multiple releases
• 1st place – Debbie Miller, NWACC, “Lawson tapped to lead search committee,” “NWACC Board Approves Next President’s Contact.”

50. Media Kit
• 1st Place – Debbie Miller, NWACC, “Gifts Announced for National Child Protection Training Center.”

51. Speeches
• 1st place – Vivian Lawson Hogue, “Eulogy for Eleanor Hardin Opitz as requested by ‘herself.’
• 2nd Place – Debbie Miller,NWACC, “Going green.”

60A. Short stories – single
• 1st Place – Debbie Miller, “The Briefcase.”

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