HOT SPRINGS — The Log Cabin Democrat earned 17 awards, including seven first-place honors and six for second place, in the Arkansas Press Association’s 2014 Editorial Contest.
The awards, for work published in 2013, were presented Saturday during the APA’s summer convention.
The newspaper won first place among all dailies in Arkansas for Web Design, produced by webmaster Nick Stahl. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was second in that category and the Rogers Morning News third.
The other awards were in competition with medium-sized dailies.
Newspaper staffers finished one-two in three categories. Courtney Spradlin (Smith pleads guilty in mailings case) took first place and Lee Hogan second (two escapees captured) in News Story. Spradlin took the top two spots in Feature Story ("Back Up Again" and "Veteran Nurse on the Front Line.") Sports columnist David McCollum claimed the top two spots in Sports Column with a column about Hendrix's stadium dedication on Veteran's Day Weekend and a class reunion golf tournament.
The Log Cabin finished second in General Excellence, which was based on a collection of consecutive newspapers for a single week.
Editor Ricky Duke teamed with Spradlin and Angela Spencer for first place in In-Depth Series reporting for a series of articles on the Mayflower oil spill.
Other first-place awards went to Duke for Editorial Writing (Pegasus) and designers Adam Sweeny and Stewart Cole for Best Front Page.
Other second-place awards went to: McCollum, Sports Feature (Hendrix's Elizabeth Krug); Duke, Humorous Column (Conway Christmas tree); and Michelle Corbet and Spradlin, Business Reporting (collection of articles).
Third-place awards went to: McCollum, Sports News Story (Hendrix's football return); Duke, News/Political Column ("Another Civics Lesson Needed" ; and McCollum and Cole, Best Special Section (Hendrix football).
Spradlin won an honorable mention citation in Single News Photograph for a photo of an oil-drenched duck.
Judging was done by members of the Tennessee Press Association.