LOUISVILLE - The Medical Leader’s editorial staff garnered a record total of 18 awards â€“ including four first-place â€“ during the 2013 Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention held at Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel, Jan. 24-26.
â€œI am very proud of the Medical Leader staff and their recent accomplishments,â€ said Walter E. May, Pikeville Medical Center President/CEO. â€œThey should be proud as well.
Medical Leader has greatly evolved since it was first published in 1999, and it continues to improve each year.â€
This exceeds the number of awards last year by two.
Digital entries, dated from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012, were submitted by newspapers across the Commonwealth for the judging.
The Medical Leader earned third-place General Excellence for the second consecutive year. The award is based on total accumulation of points from the number of first, second and third-place awards.
Staff Writer Teddy Paynter received three first-place awards for local sports coverage in the categories of Best Sports Page, Best Sports Section and Best Sports Picture Essay.
The winning Best Sports Section featured high school football teams from the coverage areas of Pike, Floyd, Letcher and Mingo (W.Va.) counties.
One judge commented: â€œThis might be my favorite of all the sports special section entries I’ve looked at today. Very nicely done. Good graphics and good layout.â€
Paynter also received two second-place awards for Best Sports Column and Best Sports Story. He received third place for Best Sports Picture Essay.
In addition, an honorable mention was received for Best Front Page and Best Sports Feature Story.
Staff Writer Mary Meadows received first-place for Best Spot News Coverage for her reports on the March 2012 tornado.
Judges said: â€œGood, old-fashioned reporting: Get someone to scene and let the people tell their own stories.â€
Meadows received second place for Best Feature Picture, as well as third place honors for Best Spot News Picture, Best General News Picture, Best Lifestyles Page and Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story.
She received an honorable mention for Best Spot News Picture.
The staff was honored for Best Picture Essay, which featured Hillbilly Days in downtown Pikeville.
The Medical Leader’s website earned third-place honors as well.
â€œI’m honored to work with such a wonderful staff at Medical Leader,â€ said PMC Director of Public Relations Laura Damron. â€œEvery week, I watch them put their heart and soul into the publication. They are well-deserving of these awards and are already making improvements to receive even more accolades next year.â€