Hoover Sun Wins 2022 Alabama Press Association General Excellence Awards, Advertising Sweepstakes

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The Hoover Sun received 30 awards at the Alabama Press Association’s 2022 Annual Awards Dinner at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach on Saturday night, including first place in the General Excellence Award and the Advertising Sweepstakes Award in the Distribution Division free.

These are the top two awards given annually by the Alabama Press Association to newspapers. The awards recognized work published in 2021.

Hoover Sun’s sister newspapers in the Starnes Media family of newspapers – The Homewood Star, Village Living, Cahaba Sun, 280 Living, Iron City Ink and Vestavia Voice – won 30 additional awards, for a total of 60 awards for Starnes Media this year. .

All Starnes Media newspapers compete in the Alabama Press Association’s E Division, which includes newspapers distributed free of charge. The Redstone Rocket, a Huntsville newspaper, won second place in the Overall Excellence category, while The Birmingham Times won third place. The Redstone Rocket also won second place in the Advertising Sweepstakes category.

The Alabama Press Association has four other divisions which are divided according to their number of paying subscribers.

Other first place winners in the Overall Excellence category were The Anniston Star, The Outlook (in Alexander City), Shelby County Reporter and Opelika Observer. Other winners of the publicity contest were The Outlook, Shelby County Reporter and The Wetumpka Herald.

Here is a complete list of awards won by Starnes Media this year by article:

Sun vacuum cleaner:

First place:

  1. General Excellence
  2. Advertising contests
  3. FOI-First Amendment Award – Hoover Recreation Center membership hit hard by COVID-19 (By Jon Anderson)
  4. Newspaper website
  5. Lifestyle/Family Pages
  6. Use of photographs in editorial content (Erin Nelson)
  7. Layout and design (Melanie Viering, Kristin Williams and Ted Perry)
  8. Business History or Chronicle – Developers seek to relocate nearly 2,000 residential sites in Alabama 150 (By Jon Anderson)
  9. Background Photo – When I Hold You (by Erin Nelson)
  10. Spot News Photo – Greystone Tornado Coverage (By Erin Nelson)
  11. Sports Photo – Jags volleyball win state title (By Erin Nelson)
  12. Title – Smiths hope to be a spark in Bluff Park with The Electric (By Jon Anderson)
  13. Niche Publication – Under the Lights: High School Football Guide (By Kyle Parmley, Melanie Viering and Staff)
  14. Ad Campaign – Breanna Sexton (By Emily VanderMey)
  15. Newspaper Promotion – Share Your Story
  16. Niche Post Advertising – Under the Lights: High School Football Guide
  17. Unique Advertising Special Section – Women in Business
  18. Special Regular Advertising Section – Real Estate
  19. Signature Page: Under the Lights: High School Football Magazine (By Melanie Viering)
  20. Single Half Page, Full Color Ad – HomeRN (By Emily VanderMey and Ted Perry)
  21. Using Humor in Advertising – One Man & A Toolbox (By Emily VanderMey)

Second place:

  1. Manufacturing and printing
  2. Civil service – 2021: What to expect (By Jon Anderson)
  3. News Coverage – The Fixer Upper: County Manager, Former Mayor Tony Petelos (by Jon Anderson)
  4. Local Sports Chronicle – Moving State Softball Tournament a Huge Success (By Kyle Parmley)
  5. Special Section – Real Estate Guide (by Marshall Malone and Melanie Viering)
  6. Single Color Half Page Ad – Valley Bank (by Ted Perry)

Third place

  1. Public service – Brock’s Gap debate: History buffs worry about new boardwalk (By Jon Anderson)
  2. Online News Coverage – Hoover’s parents beg school board to stop mask mandate (By Jon Anderson)
  3. Original/Creative Publicity Idea – Vulcan Termite (By Emily VanderMey)

The Homewood Star

First place:

  1. Public Service – Data Hero (By Ingrid Schnader)
  2. Local economic coverage (by Ingrid Schnader and Erin Nelson)
  3. Sports Reporting – John Carroll Catholic High starts wrestling cheer squad, invites cheerleaders to become wrestlers (By Ingrid Schnader)
  4. Creative Use of Multimedia – Homewood Centennial Food Tips for Living Longer (By Ingrid Schnader)

Second place:

  1. Sports coverage (Kyle Parmley)
  2. Local news coverage

Third place:

  1. News Coverage – Townhouse development project reignites a familiar struggle for Rosedale residents (By Ingrid Schnader)

village life

First place:

  1. Sports coverage (Kyle Parmley)

Second place:

  1. In-Depth News Coverage – Taking the Final Step (By Jesse Chambers)
  2. History or Business Column – Crestline Bagel Turns 25 (By Jesse Chambers)
  3. Feature Cover – In God’s Eye (by Neal Embry)

Third place:

  1. Company Story or Chronicle – Building a Brand (By Jesse Chambers)
  2. Sports photography – Spartans triumph (By Erin Nelson)

Vestavia Voice

First place:

  1. Local educational coverage (by Neal Embry and Erin Nelson)
  2. Local news coverage (by Neal Embry and Erin Nelson)

Second place:

  1. News Photo Spot – Vestavia Flood (By Erin Nelson)

Cahaba Sun

First place:

  1. Human Interest Column – Understanding a Place Like Mississippi (By Gary Lloyd)
  2. Story of a Unique Sporting Event – Hewitt-Trussville Wins Class 7A State Softball Championship (By Kyle Parmley)

Second place:

  1. Trussville welcomes home service member from Afghanistan (By Gary Lloyd)
  2. Sports Reporting – Payne leaving his mark on the Lady Huskies record books (By Kyle Parmley)
  3. Sports photography – Casting shadows (By Erin Nelson)

iron city ink

First place:

  1. News Coverage – We’re No. 2 (by Jesse Chambers)

Third place

  1. In-Depth News Coverage – Election 2021 (by Jesse Chambers, Eric Taunton and Eric Velasco)
  2. Feature Coverage – Champions for Change (by Neal Embry)
  3. News Photo – Woodfin is re-elected (By Erin Nelson)

280 Living

First place:

  1. Online News Coverage – On the Path of the Storm (By Leah Ingram Eagle and Erin Nelson)

Second place:

  1. Feature Photo – Sweet Rewards (by Erin Nelson)
  2. Photo report – Snapshots (Erin Nelson and Kristin Williams)
  3. A hobby with great rewards (By Leah Ingram Eagle and Erin Nelson)

Third place:

  1. Photo essay – On the way to the storm (Erin Nelson and Melanie Viering)
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