News given 14 APME awards

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTS

The Cov­ing­ton News was hon­ored with 14 As­so­ci­ated Press Me­dia Ed­i­tors awards at a cer­e­mony in At­lantic Sta­tion Satur­day.

Among the hon­ors were four first-place nods, in­clud­ing three for for­mer News Edi­tor Gabriel Khouli.

Khouli re­ceived first place for Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion for his story on New­ton County’s search for a new Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion di­rec­tor. He also re­ceived first place for non-dead­line reporting on his story “Records show councilman has no busi­ness li­cense,” and first place for busi­ness writ­ing on “Reach­ing the end of the line.”

For­mer Sports Edi­tor Matt Smith re­ceived first-place hon­ors for an ac­tion photo dur­ing a New­ton High School foot­ball game. Smith also won sec­ond place for sports writ­ing on his story “Mentee by chance, friends by choice.”

Other sec­ond-place fin­ishes were Khouli for non-dead­line reporting on “Im­proved in­ter­sec­tion or lo­cal land­mark,” fea­ture writ­ing on “Di­lap­i­dated Dilemma” and beat reporting on New­ton County govern­ment; Dar­rell Everidge for fea­ture photo and port­fo­lio; and The Cov­ing­ton News’ staff for ed­i­to­rial writ­ing on “Shirk­ing city laws.”

The News’ staff also picked up a third-place award for ed­i­to­rial writ­ing on “courage.” Everidge re­ceived third place for a fea­ture photo and Edi­tor Bryan Fazio was awarded third place in fea­ture writ­ing for “Ac­cept­ing change.”

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