Manchester Times staffers John Coffelt, Milton Stanley and Josh Peterson, along with photography contributor Holly Pica, pictured from left, pose with their awards at Friday’s Tennessee Press Association awards luncheon. The Times won the General Excellence Awards for overall newspaper excellence in Division II. (Staff photo by Susan Campbell)
The Manchester Times won top honors at the Tennessee Press Association annual awards luncheon Friday in Nashville. With award placement in 15 categories, the Times took home the General Excellence Award in Division II.
The General Excellence Award is the first such award in the paper’s storied 130-year history.
“I think this just goes to show the hard work that everyone in our newsroom puts in to inform our community,” said Josh Peterson, editor of the Manchester Times. “We have a staff here that really cares about news and the integrity of our product, both in print and online. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The Times placed in 15 categories, taking first place in three of them. Peterson won first place in the best personal humor column category for his entry, “OMG, Txts r takn ovr conversation.” He also placed second place in that category. The Memphis Business Journal took third place.
The Times also won first place in best news photograph for John Coffelt’s emotional photo of Central High School students at a candle-light vigil for Chad Crabtree, who passed away last spring. Photo contributor Holly Pica also took a first place award for her feature photo, “fun fall day.”
The General Excellence Award is awarded in five divisions (based on circulation) for the newspaper that demonstrates overall excellence. The Times is classified in Division II for newspapers with a combined weekly circulation between 5,001 and 15,000.
In addition to its first place awards and General Excellence Award, the Manchester Times also received the following honors:
Best personal humor column – second place for a submission by Josh Peterson
Headline writing – second place for submissions by Josh Peterson
Best spot news coverage – second place for Josh Peterson and John Coffelt’s coverage of the slaying of Thomas Colucci
Investigative reporting – second place for Josh Peterson’s coverage of deficiencies at Horizon Health and Rehab Center
Best single editorial – third place for Josh Peterson’s editorial on “BS” signs during last year’s municipal election
Investigative reporting – third place for Josh Peterson’s report on funds available for local animal control not used properly
Best sports coverage – third place for Milton Stanley, Nick Trail and Josh Peterson’s coverage of local sports
Overall editorials – fifth place for Weldon Payne, Janet Galyen and Josh Peterson’s well penned local editorials
Make-up and appearance – fifth place for design by John Coffelt, Milton Stanley, Josh Peterson and Jack Owens
Best sports photograph – fifth place for Josh Peterson’s photo titled, “saving senior night” at a CHS soccer game
Best business coverage – fifth place for Josh Peterson and John Coffelt’s coverage of local business
Best news reporting – fifth place for John Coffelt and Josh Peterson’s coverage of the Coffee County Animal Control putting a dog down by gunshot
Read more in next week’s print edition of the Manchester Times.