Alabama newspapers receive APME awards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Opelika-Auburn News and The Birmingham News captured both the top news and sports honors in the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest.
Opelika won the news sweepstakes award for small dailies for Joe McAdory's reporting on the rising death toll and accidents along the Interstate 85 corridor in Lee County and won the sports sweepstakes for Mike Szvetitz's coverage of Auburn University's documents in an NCAA investigation.
Among the state's largest dailies, The Birmingham News received the news sweepstakes award for its staff coverage of the April 2011 tornadoes aftermath and recovery and the sports sweepstakes award for Jon Solomon's story on "Athletes' Rights."
Among mid-sized papers, The Tuscaloosa News won the sports sweepstakes award for "Rebuild" by Andrew Carroll, Tommy Deas, Chase Goodbread, Cecil Hurt, Aaron Suttles and Alex Scarborough. The Anniston Star won the news sweepstakes award for Tim Lockette's story "Sins of the Father: Bus Burner's Son Takes Different Path".
The news cooperative honored the TimesDaily in Florence for its photo contributions and The Birmingham News for overall news and photo cooperation.
The awards were presented at the group's annual awards program in Birmingham. AP member newspapers in Oklahoma judged the entries from Alabama papers that were published in 2011.