Dispatch news, advertising staff recognized with 14 NCPA awards

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 12:45 AM

CHAPEL HILL — Three first-place awards were among 14 earned by members of The Dispatch staff at Thursday’s N.C. Press Association banquet.

The Dispatch picked up 11 awards in the newsroom and three in the advertising department for work done between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013.

In the editorial contest, more than 4,000 entries were logged by 96 newspapers. Judging was by circulation size. The Dispatch competes in Division D for dailies with circulation under 12,500, and had the third-highest number of winners.

“Our staff has worked very hard for the readers and advertisers,” said Alan Wooten, publisher and editor of The Dispatch. “We had great leadership from James Edwards, our publisher. He is a big part of our success.

“The loyalty of our readers, and their support, is the biggest reward we get each day.”

Mark Dolejs, who had a hand in six awards, won first-place awards for feature photography and a photo page. Wooten earned first place for the editorial page.

The advertising department’s trio of awards were all second-place recognitions. Deborah Tuck and Nicole Brooks were runner-up for best home furnishings and appliances ad. The staff of Tuck, Brooks, Desiree Brooks and Stacey Reams earned seconds for best newspaper promotion and for best community service signature page or best shared page.

The newsroom picked up four second-place honors and four for third place.

Seconds were awarded to Dolejs for sports feature photo, Dolejs for sports photography, Wooten for sports news reporting, and Dolejs and Wooten shared a photo illustration honor.

Thirds were awarded to Kellen Holtzman for sports feature writing, Dolejs for sports photography, Wooten for news enterprise reporting and to the staff for news section design.

The 11 awards won by the newsroom were second-highest in the newspaper’s history to the dozen won a year earlier.