Chronicle wins two statewide General Excellence awards
RALEIGH – Cashiers is nestled away on an Appalachian mountain plateau near the southwestern corner of the state. But word about it echoes all around North Carolina. Folks note its extra-charming village atmosphere, and its stunning mountain views and trout fishing. And its newspaper – the Crossroads Chronicle – is getting statewide notice too. The paper beat out newspapers its size from all around the Tar Heel State to capture two General Excellence awards last week, along with five additional North Carolina Press Association awards. The awards were all for work in 2017 in the below 3,000 circulation category.
The Crossroads Chronicle received the state runner-up award in General Excellence during the press association’s Feb. 22 editorial awards ceremony at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley hotel. It also received the third place award in General Excellence for Newspaper Web Sites. The Chronicle additionally was judged No. 1 statewide in the Editorial page category, with honors going to the two editors then-responsible for that page – Don Richeson and Justin Caudell. The paper also received a second place award for its Editorial pages. “Good clean layout, compelling content,” wrote one of the contest judges from Indiana’s Hoosier State Press Association wrote about the Chronicle’s Editorial pages. “A clear winner!”
It received another first place award in the Spot Photography category, with Editor Richeson being recognized for work from the June 19, 2017 Country Club of Sapphire Valley fire. “Super fire photos -- they told the story!” a judge wrote.
“I am proud of the Chronicle’s excellent, talented team and the hard work it demonstrated through the year,” said Mike Henry, publisher of the Chronicle. “It reflects our continuous commitment to provide our communities with a quality newspaper.”
“Winning awards is welcome in that we have peers in our profession recognizing our achievements,” said Don Richeson, editor of the Chronicle. “But you it also helps that southern Jackson County is such an interesting, special place to work as a news gatherer. It is especially good to be noticed so strongly for our Editorial pages, which are sometimes described as the soul of a newspaper and its community -- since much of its content comes directly from readers.”
Other awards the Chronicle captured in the North Carolina Press Association 2017 Editorial and Photojournalism Contest include:
• Second place – Appearance and Design. This award recognized the work of Editor Don Richeson.
• Second place -- Use of Photographs – Community Only. This award recognized the work of Editor Don Richeson and Reporter Intern Emily Dorsey.
• Second place -- Serious Columns. This award recognized the work of the Rev. Richelle Sampl, the pastor of Cashiers United Methodist Church, who submits a weekly pastor’s column to the Chronicle. Her winning columns were “Understanding Someone,” “Too Many Experience” and “Irma, Earthquakes Spotlight.”