GREENVILLE — The Post and Courier staff continued its status as the state’s most recognized and award-winning newsroom, picking up 80 awards at the annual S.C. Press Association banquet Saturday, including journalist of the year.
The event marked the seventh time in the last eight years Charleston’s daily has been named South Carolina’s most honored newspaper.
Among the top honors delivered Saturday were recognition for public service, general excellence and Journalist of the Year, Glenn Smith, for his crime-based and in-depth reporting.
The newspaper finished with 80 awards total — including 35 for first place — covering a variety of writing, photography and editing categories.
The Post and Courier also won the association’s “President’s Cup” for total recognitions.
“We have an amazing group of talented people in our newsroom and the recognition by the South Carolina Press Association of 80 awards this year with 35 of those being first place, makes me extremely proud,” Post and Courier publisher P.J. Browning said.
Smith and sports reporter Gene Sapakoff also won the first place Judson Chapman Award for community service for their work in covering the Louis “Skip” Reville sex abuse case.
Reporter Tony Bartelme won second place in the Judson Chapman category for his report on “Finishing the Mark Clark, Winners & Losers.”
The staff took third place for overall political coverage in 2012 that included the Republican presidential primary.
The Post and Courier also won second place for the Montgomery FOIA Award given for keeping the public informed through the state’s open records law.
In award winning stories, the newspaper used the open records law to trace the computer programs used in setting hurricane-related insurance costs, in local crime reporting, examining the Santee Cooper public utility and probing the pattern of arsons in Charleston. Other stories detailed how average citizens use the Freedom of Information Act in seeking data from local governments.
“When you walk away with Journalist of the Year — Glenn Smith — and the overall excellence award on behalf of the entire staff, it’s confirmation of the dedication and hard work the team puts in daily to produce a great paper and a great website,” Browning said.
Among the newspaper’s top prize recipients:
Editorial writer Elsa McDowell won first place for her editorial support of FOIA and Open Government issues.
Reporter Glenn Smith and senior editor Doug Pardue won first place for Investigative Reporting on “Trouble behind the prison walls” about correctional officer misconduct and contraband.
First place, Innovative Concept for its Advantage Membership
Second place, Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism
Third place, Sports Specialty Publication or Sports Magazine, for “Tideline”
First place, Feature Specialty Publication or Magazine “My Charleston”
Other individual awards:
First place, Adam Parker, Critical Writing
Second place, Gene Sapakoff, Critical Writing
Third place, Bo Petersen, Critical Writing
Third place, Stephen Largen, Government Reporting
Second place, Diette Courrege Casey, Education Reporting
Second place, Adam Parker, Faith Reporting
First place, Darryl Slater, Sports Beat Reporting
Third place, Travis Sawchik, Sports Beat Reporting
Gene Sapakoff won third place for Series of Sports Articles on “Mentoring through sports”
First place, Beth Harrison, Feature Headline Writing
Honorable Mention, Grace Beahm, Pictorial “Shadows at tennis”
First place, Leroy Burnell, Humorous Photo “Ringling Brothers’ protesters”
Third place, Grace Beahm, Humorous Photo “Zipper the squirrel”
First place, Gill Guerry, Online News Project, “Storm of Money” interactive flash graphic
Guerry also won first place for Informational Graphics Portfolio, and Chad Dunbar won second place for Informational Graphics Portfolio.
First place, Andy Paras, Use of Twitter
Second place, The Post and Courier, Use of Twitter
Third place, Gene Sapakoff, Use of Twitter
Second place, The Post and Courier, Facebook Page
Second place, Elsa McDowell, E.A. Ramsaur Memorial Award for Editorial Writing “The Citadel’s real shame,” “Don’t choke off beach access,” “Stop dumping on us”
First place, Beth Harrison, News Headline Writing
Second place, Bob Kinney, News Headline Writing
First place, Edward Fennell, Gene Sapakoff, and Glenn Smith, Spot News Reporting,“Citadel’s Rosa: ‘We are sorry’”
First place, Andrew Knapp and Robert Behre, Enterprise Reporting
Second place, Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp, Enterprise Reporting
Third place, Tony Bartelme, Enterprise Reporting
Honorable Mention, Stephen Largen, Enterprise Reporting
First place, Brendan Kearney, Business Reporting
Second place, David Slade, Business Reporting
Third place, Warren Wise, Business Reporting
First place, Andrew Knapp, News Feature Writing,“Murder in the forest”
Third place, Glenn Smith, Profile Feature Writing, “Cannon under fire”
Second Place, Bo Petersen, Short Story
First place, Brian Hicks, Column Writing
Second place, John McDermott, Column Writing
Second place, Frank Wooten, Humor Column Writing
First place, Tony Bartelme, Series of Articles “Storm of Money”
First place, Glenn Smith, Gene Sapakoff, Diane Knich, Reporting-In-Depth, Skip ReVille coverage
First place, Glenn Smith, Beat Reporting, Public Safety and Courts
First place, The Post and Courier, Public Service “Storm of Money”
Third place, Tommy Braswell, Spot Sports Story
Second place, Darryl Slater, Sports Feature Story
First place, Sports Column Writing Gene Sapakoff, “Summerville’s McKissick still on top of his game at 85,” “Courageous fight against molestation,” “Here it comes, Charleston’s CBS commercial”
First place, Maureen Hart- shorn, Page One Design Portfolio
Second place, Maureen Hart- shorn, Single Page One Design
First place, Chad Dunbar, Feature Page Design Portfolio
Third place, Chad Dunbar, Single Feature Page Design
Third place, Luke Reasoner, Sports Page Design Portfolio
First place, Brad Nettles, Spot News Photo “Distraught.”
Second place, Grace Beahm, Spot News Photo “Flooding school pickup.”
Honorable Mention, Grace Beahm Spot News Photo “SWAT standoff”
First place, Grace Beahm, General News Photo “Veronica’s dad”
First place, Tyrone Walker, Feature Photo “Winner”
Third place, Tyrone Walker Feature Photo “Shrimp casting”
Honorable Mention, Tyrone Walker, Feature Photo “DanceFx”
First place, Grace Beahm, Personality Photograph or Portrait “Waiting to vote”
Third place, Grace Beahm, Photo Illustration “Bourbon”
First place, The Post and Courier, Daily Newspaper Website
First place, The Post and Courier, Integration of Print and Web Coverage, “Storm of Money”
Second place, The Post and Courier, Integration of Print and Web Coverage, Spoleto Spotlight
Third place, The Post and Courier,Integration of Print and Web Coverage, 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run
First place, Grace Beahm, Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website, “Bulls Island winter bow hunt”
Second place, Wade Spees, Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website, “Jack’s jazz procession”
Third place, Grace Beahm, Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website, “Lowcounty flooding”
Third place, Chris Hanclosky, Online Sports Video, “Family Circle Cup Tennis”
First place, Chris Hanclosky, Online General News/Feature Video,“PGA Championship”
Second place, Grace Beahm, Online General News/Feature Video “Zipper the squirrel”