COLUMBIA, SC — The State newspaper staff won eight awards in the Inland Press Association’s annual newsroom competition.
The awards were announced in October at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago.
“We are especially proud of The State’s photojournalists who, once again, won top honors,” said executive editor Mark E. Lett. “Day-in, day-out, they chronicle life in our community in compelling and creative ways.
“Want to know what living here is like? Spend some time with the photography in our newspaper, our magazines and on thestate.com.”
Major awards given include:
• First place for news photography, awarded to Kim Kim Foster-Tobin for her “Step-up campaign” photo. Foster-Tobin captured 8-year-old Michael Leiby, of Greenville, among a sea of 1,000 shoes on the State House steps. The shoes honored Disability Advocacy Day. Leiby, who was born with autism, counted each of the steps.
• First place for feature/entertainment picture, given to Elizabeth Smith and Tracy Glantz for “It runs in the family.” The photo of runners’ feet from the Columbia Marathon was taken by Glantz and used by Smith in an innovative horizontal design.
• First place for sports photography picture use, awarded to Gerry Melendez and Meredith Sheffer for “In rare company.” The photo of USC quarterback Connor Shaw was taken by Melendez and incorporated into a logo by Sheffer.
Additional honors include:
Second place, editorial writing, Cindi Ross Scoppe and Warren Bolton
• Third place, sports photography, Gerry Melendez for “USC-VMI”
• Third place, feature/entertainment picture use, Gerry Melendez and Kelly Cobb for “I love you Peggy”
• Third place, multiple pages/photography, Chris Berry and Tracy Burlison for “Super Saturday”
• Third place, multimedia, Gerry Melendez for “The Wrestler”
Founded in 1885 by a group of U.S. newspapers, Inland Press Association has nearly 1,200 newspaper members in the 50 United States, Canada and Bermuda.