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The Madison Record wins division at APA convention

Plaque denoting The Madison Record as the winner of General Excellence in Division E. (Record Photo/Nick Sellers)
Plaque denoting The Madison Record as the winner of General Excellence in Division E. (Record Photo/Nick Sellers)

From Staff Reports

MADISON – The Madison Record emerged as the top publication in Division E at the Alabama Press Association Summer Convention on June 20.

The Madison Record took home the top prize, General Excellence, which was awarded due to the accumulation of points based on finishes from submissions in the editorial and advertising sides of the competition.

Also Announced at the convention, which was held in Destin, were first-place finishes in the following categories: FOI first amendment award, most improved, best newspaper website, best local education coverage and best local news coverage. The Madison Record won 24 overall awards in the contest.

Seventy newspapers submitted 2,888 entries in the editorial side, and 44 newspapers submitted 1,032 entries in the advertising side.


The Madison Record won the following:


Editorial Awards


General Excellence by staff


FOI First Amendment Award: First place for “Family seeks changes to marijuana law” by Charles Molineaux


Most Improved by staff


Best Presswork: Third place by staff


Best Newspaper Website: First place by staff


Best Lifestyles/Family Pages: First place by staff


Best Sports Page: Third place by staff


Best Local Economic Coverage: Second place by staff


Best Local Education Coverage: First place by Gregg L. Parker


Best Local News Coverage: First place by staff


Best Use of Photographs/Editorial Content: Third place by staff


Best Layout & Design: Second place by staff


Best Spot News Photo: Second place for “Two die in shooting” by Charles Molineaux


Best Niche Publication: Second place for Madison Living magazine by staff


Creative Use of Multimedia: First place for “Madison Street Festival Parade” on Facebook by Nick Sellers


Online Breaking News Coverage: First place for “Plane crash at Huntsville International Airport leaves three dead” by Nick Sellers


Best use of Social Media: Second place for “Madison Street Festival Parade” on Facebook by Nick Sellers


Best Presswork: Third place for The Madison Record by staff


Advertising Awards


Best Single ½ Page and under black & white: First place for “Guadalajara” by staff


Best one-time Special Section: Second place for “Madison Street Festival Guide” by staff


Best Niche Publication: First place for Madison Living football edition by staff


Best Use of Humor: First place for “Urgent Care” ad by Alan Brown


Best Presentation of Online Advertising: First place for themadisonrecord.com


Best Innovative Online Advertising – Single Ad: First place for “This Side Up Moving” by staff



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