Journalism awards and honors

January 3, 2013 

Journalism awards and honors
Our journalistic quality has been recognized repeatedly across the nation and state. Our strengths include outstanding visual journalism and our coverage of local news, University of South Carolina, and state and local politics.


Among The State's top honors for outstanding journalism

South Carolina Press Association

Photographer of the Year: Gerry Melendez
Election/Political Coverage
Page One Design: Kelly Cobb
Feature Design: Elizabeth Smith
Government Reporting: Gina Smith
Editorial Writing: Cindi Ross Scoppe
Sports Design: Meredith Sheffer
Mixed Media Illustration: Meredith Sheffer
Photo Page Design: Tracy Burlison
Photo Illustration: Kim Kim Foster-Tobin
Pictorial: C. Aluka Berry
Lifestyle Feature Writing: Otis Taylor Jr.
Profile Writing: Carolyn Click
Short Story: Dawn Hinshaw
Sports Feature Story: Ron Morris
Sports Feature Photo: Gerry Melendez
Photo Series: Gerry Melendez
Sports Video: Tracy Glantz
Facebook Page: GoGamecocks. Dwayne McLemore, Gary Ward

Associated Press Sports Editors -- Winner of the "Triple Crown" as one of the nation's "Top 10" newspapers for daily, Sunday and special Sports sections.


Society for News Design -- three "Awards of Excellence" for photography and page design

Multiple Photos: Gerry Melendez
Single Photo: Gerry Melendez
Special Section: Gerry Melendez, Ron
Morris, Meredith Sheffer and Tom Peyton.
South Carolina News Photographers Association -- nine First Place awards

Photographer of the Year: C. Aluka Berry
Best in Show: C. Aluka Berry
Feature Photo: C. Aluka Berry
Feature Picture Story: C. Aluka Berry
Spot News: C. Aluka Berry
Sports Action: Gerry Melendez
News Picture Story: Gerry Melendez
Pictorial: Jeff Blake
Sports Feature: C. Michael Bergen
Photographer of the Year - International
Award of Excellence, Sports Picture Story: Gerry Melendez


McClatchy President's Award

The State received a President's Award for Digital Innovation for creating the South Carolina Military Page, a comprehensive presentation of news and commentary about military affairs from across the Palmetto State.

The McClatchy Company, parent to The State, operates newspapers across the nation, including those in Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head/Beaufort and Rock Hill. Go to

Inland Newspapers Association -- First Place awards for:

Feature Picture Use Sports Picture Use Hampton-Gonzales Awards (Presented by The State Media Co.) Reporting/Writing: Dawn Hinshaw Photography: Tim Dominick