The Dothan Eagle newsroom and advertising department won several awards in the 2019 Alabama Press Association and Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contests.
The contests encapsulate work done in 2018.
In the recently released Alabama Press Association results, photographer Jay Hare received first place for his photo of a devastated resort in southwest Georgia in the days following Hurricane Michael.
Sports Editor Jon Johnson and reporter Ken Rogers received first place for coverage of Hal Dove’s playoff win over Thomas Ponder at the 2018 Press Thornton Future Masters.
Also, the Eagle’s Robin Boring and Melony Vines placed first for best presentation of online advertising.
The Dothan Eagle competed in Category A along with newspapers in the state with the largest circulation, including the Alabama Media Group which comprises al.com, the Birmingham News, Mobile Register and Huntsville Times.
The Eagle also received the following recognition in the Alabama Press Association Contest:
» Second Place: Best layout and design (staff)
» Second Place: Best humorous column (Honesty, sincerity, earnestness and the flu by Lance Griffin)
» Second Place: Best niche publication for the National Peanut Festival Guide (Tina Riley)
» Second Place: Best advertising campaign for Diann’s Florist Christmas Open House Web Ads (Robin Boring)
» Third Place: Best local news coverage (staff)
» Third Place: Best editorial page or section (Bill Perkins)
» Third Place: Best human interest column (A picture is worth much more than a thousand words by Lance Griffin)
» Third Place: Best headline (Never Tua Late! by Eagle staff)
» Third Place: Best regularly scheduled special section for 2018 Parade of Homes (Robin Boring)
» Third Place: Best classified page or section (Michael Greggs)
The Eagle received the following recognition in the Associated Press Media Editors contest:
» First Place: Sports deadline reporting for ‘Alabama wins national championship’ by Ken Rogers and Jon Johnson
» Second Place: Sports deadline reporting for Future Masters by Ken Rogers and Jon Johnson
» Second Place: Participatory sports reporting by Ken Rogers
» Third Place: Best deadline page design
» Third Place: Best newspaper investigative reporting for ‘Has bingo charitable giving been charitable?’ by Jeremy Wise and Lance Griffin