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Coastal Observer staff win President's Cup
By Charles Swenson
The Coastal Observer staff has won the S.C. Press Association’s President’s Cup for Excellence for the second straight year. The staff won 24 awards in the association’s annual competition, including 11 first place awards for writing, photography and design.
The Observer won the President’s Cup for weekly papers with circulation of 6,000 of less. It won the inaugural cup in 2008 for papers of 5,000 circulation and above.
Photographer Tanya Ackerman swept the awards for Photo Series in the 6,000 and under category. The first place award was for her coverage of oyster harvesting in Murrells Inlet that the judges said “really tells the story in pictures.”
Second place was for photos that accompanied the Voices from the Village series. Third place was for photos about a fishing guide on Winyah Bay.
Ackerman won first place for Best Web Photo Gallery for coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries. “We saw many political entries and photo compilations in this contest. This was the best,” the judges said.
She won first place for Best Pictorial among all non-daily papers with a photograph of the old All Saints’ Church at sunset that the judges said “exemplifies the spirit of the place.”
She won Best Photo Illustration among non-daily papers for an image of a broom sweeping aside campaign material that accompanied the Observer’s voters guide. The judges called it “well thought-out.” The arrangement by Charles Swenson of that photo and text won first place for Best Page Design. “Could be a big-city page,” the judges said.
Swenson also won third place awards for Page One Design and Sports Feature Writing, the latter for a story about the late Sam Suplizio, a baseball coach who inspired the ballfield at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
Ackerman won first place for Personality Portrait for a photo of a Lakes at Litchfield resident at a Bike Week event. “I feel as though this is someone I know a lot about though I have never met her,” the judges said. She also won second place in the category for a photo of a girl selecting a Halloween pumpkin.
Ackerman also won a third place award for Feature Photos for a boy with an Easter basket.
Copy editor Chris Sokoloski won first place for feature page design for a body of work. “Far above the others,” the judges said. “Draws readers into the story.”
Sokoloski also won second place for best headlines on feature stories among all non-daily papers. She also won second place for best news headlines.
Jackie Broach won first place for Feature Writing for a story about gay couple in Litchfield who are raising a daughter. “Not only does this cover a topic that is extremely controversial and is usually ignored by the media, the article is well written, in-depth and captures a basic human emotion: love,” the judges said.
She also won third place in the features category for a story about a baby otter at Brookgreen Gardens.
Broach won first place for stories under 500 words for an article about a Pawleys Island area man who saved a heart attack victim’s life.
Articles by Broach about the traditional black communities on Waccamaw Neck, Voices from the Village, won first place for Best Series. “Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop,” the judge said.
She also won third place in the category for a series on teen pregnancy.
Broach won first place for Beat Reporting for her coverage of environmental issues. The judges noted the detail and subject matter in her stories.
Broach won second place among non-daily papers for her business reporting.
She won second place in Lifestyle Feature Writing for a story about residents from the Lakes at Litchfield who attended Bike Week events.
The staff shared a second place award for Best Lifestyle Special Section for Beaches.
Coastal Observer award-winning entries
First Place, Short Story - "One heartbeat away" by Jackie R. Broach
First Place, Feature Writing - "Her fathers' love" by Jackie R. Broach
First Place, Lifestyle Feature Writing - "Ride Granny ride" by Jackie R. Broach
First Place, Sports Feature Story - "Angels in the outfield" by Charles Swenson