Bristol (Tenn.) Herald Courier editors won a slew of awards in the Fifth Annual Mountain Empire Journalism Contest, and were honored by the Greater Tri-Cities Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Copy desk chief Brian Reese: two individual awards, both first places (best page one design & layout, as well as best section layout & design). Reese also won best of show for page layout, with the judges calling his designs “eye-catching and sophisticated.”
copy editor Mike Fox: four individual awards, including a first (sports front page design), a second (best section layout and design) and two thirds (headline and best section layout and design)
Copy editor Jerry Shell: two individual awards, including honorable mentions for best page one layout & design and best section layout & design.
Features page designer Jennifer Estep: second place for feature front layout.
Note that most of the awards involve design, not editing or headline skills. This should drive certain people INSANE.