The State newspaper received top honors for Front Page presentation and Sports Picture Use in the 2014 Inland Press Association Journalism Contest.
No other South Carolina newspaper was among honorees last week in the annual contest by the Illinois-based association of more than 1,200 newspapers.
Judges from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University said The State's front pages were "easily the strongest of the batch" with "good balance" and "nice, clean design." Judging was based on quality of writing, story selection, headlines, graphics and design.
Earning First Place for Sports Picture Use was a photo story from the 2014 Master's golf tournament. Photographers were Tim Dominick and Gerry Melendez. The page was designed by Meredith Sheffer, assistant sports editor.
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Other honors for The State included:
• Second Place, Multiple Pages Picture Use, Sheffer
• Third Place, Multiple Pages, Picture Use, Sheffer
• Third Place, Sports Picture Use, Meredith Sheffer
• Honorable Mentions (2), Sports Picture Use, Sheffer
• Third Place, Sports Photography, Melendez
• Honorable Mention, Sports Photography, Melendez