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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 pm

CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. Press Association presented the News-Times seven awards Thursday night, including second place in the prestigious Community Service category for a series of articles related to a fatal fire in a Morehead City mobile home park in which two men lost their lives.

The awards were presented during the N.C. Press Association’s 88th annual NCPA Winter Institute at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In all, the newspaper won two first-place awards, one second-place award and four third-place awards. Our sister publication, Tideland News, won first place in the General Excellence category for newspapers with a circulation less than 3,500.

The Community Service Award is considered the top prize in the community newspaper division. The News-Times won first place in the category the past two years. City reporter Mark Hibbs took the lead on the series with contributions from reporters Cheryl Burke, Ben Hogwood and Helen Outland, photos by Dylan Ray and design by Pamela Stringer.

The articles for which the newspaper received the award this year focused on the fire at Ms. Willis’ Mobile Home Park and the condition in which many low-income residents were living.

The two men who died were sleeping in a shed that lacked basic essentials as required by the city’s minimum housing ordinances. The mobile home park was later determined to have dozens of cases of living conditions that failed to meet city codes.

“The newspaper identified a topic that affected its entire community,” stated the judges. “The paper found nuance in lives lost as a result of weak ordinances. Then it explained to readers how they could take action while taking local government to task. A true community service.”

Sports reporter J.J. Smith won a first-place award in Sports Feature Writing for his article, “Pasteur readies for big reunion.” The article focuses on Ernie “Donnie” Pasteur as he prepared for Michigan State’s celebration of its fifth reunion of the 1965 national championship team. The former Queen Street High School football standout attended the East Lansing, Mich., school at a time when most black players were limited to all-black colleges in a non-integrated South.

Mr. Smith also won the third-place award in Sports News Reporting for his story, “Kicking for global cause.” The story is of UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores Ahmad Saad, Sasha Seymore and Dylan Simel, who took a three-week trip dribbling soccer balls across the state to promote religious tolerance.

He also received a third-place award for Sports Coverage.

Staff photographer Dylan Ray won second place in Feature Photography for his photo, “Sean kicks up some surf along coast.”

Cheryl Burke won third place in General News Reporting for the article “Blackbeard: 300-year-old cannon raised from wreck of ocean floor.” The article looked at recovery efforts at the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site in Beaufort Inlet.

Staff at the News-Times also won third place in News Coverage for two editions published in April 2012.

The judging period was Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

The News-Times competed against all community newspapers, semi-weeklies and tri-weeklies in the state with circulation greater than 10,000.

With Thursday’s awards, the News-Times has won 199 NCPA awards, in addition to 22 National Newspaper Association awards and 11 School Bell Awards.

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  • Hermit posted at 7:42 am on Sat, Mar 23, 2013.

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    Congratulations for well done work by the staff ot the Carteret News Times.


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