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Standard among state’s top papers

The Brewton Standard was recognized as one of the top small weekly newspapers in the state during the Alabama Press Association’s summer convention in Destin, Fla.

The Standard earned third place for General Excellence and Most Improved in its division in the APA’s Better Newspaper and Advertising Contests. General Excellence and Most Improved are two of the top awards given in the contests.

Andrew Garner | The Atmore Advance Standard publisher Stephanie Nelson and advertising manager Amy Booker accept the Alabama Press Association award for General Excellence.

Andrew Garner | The Atmore Advance
Standard publisher Stephanie Nelson and advertising manager Amy Booker accept the Alabama Press Association award for General Excellence.

“We are beyond thrilled to be recognized as one of the top weekly papers in the state,” said publisher Stephanie Nelson. “As a community newspaper, we strive to be an accurate reflection of the people and happenings of our community. As such, our staff strives each day to provide the best coverage for our readers, and it is thrilling to have that hard work recognized by our many peers.”

Some 110 newspapers submitted 2,775 entries in the annual contest. Louisiana Press Association judged the entries.

The Standard also brought home top honors for Best Education Coverage.

Overall, The Standard earned 18 awards.

First place awards in the newspaper contest included:

• Best Local Sports Column.

Second place awards in the newspaper contest included:

• Best Newspaper Website;

• Best Sports Page;

• Best Human Interest Column;

Third place awards in the newspaper contest included:

• Best Printing and Production;

• Best Human Interest Column;

• Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage;

• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations;

Sixty newspapers submitted 1,077 entries in this year’s Advertising Contest, which was also judged by the Louisiana Press Association.

First place awards in the advertising contest included:

• Best Classified Page or Section; and,

• Best Classified Display Ad.

Second place awards in the advertising contest included:

• Best Single Ad ½ page and under, black and white; and,

• Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section.

Third place awards in the advertising contest included:

• Best Single Ad Over ½ page, color;

• Best In-paper Promotion of Newspaper;

• Best Advertising Campaign; and,

• Best Original Idea.