School of Communications alumni win state journalism awards

Alumni Anna Johnson '12, Molly McGowan '10, Scott Muthersbaugh '06 and Kristin Zachary '09 all received North Carolina Press Association awards March 21.

Four School of Communications alumni won six awards, including a first-place finish in the Best Video category, from the North Carolina Press Association March 21.

Sanford Herald reporter Anna Johnson ’12, a journalism major and former editor in chief of The Pendulum, won first place in Best Video for “Scenes from Day 1 of the Lee Regional Fair 2012” and second place in Arts & Entertainment Reporting for “Pottery Festival ends” in the Daily Division D (circulation less than 12,500) threshold.

Burlington Times-News reporter Molly McGowan ’10, a journalism and English/creative writing double major, was awarded a second-place award in Arts & Entertainment Reporting for “Witnessing the power of art” in the Daily Division E (circulation 12,500-35,000) threshold.

Burlington Times-News photographer Scott Muthersbaugh ’06, a broadcast communications and psychology double major, won second place in Photo Page for “A carefree day o fun” in the Daily Division E (circulation 12,500-35,000) threshold.

Greenville Daily Reflector crime reporter Kristin Zachary ’09, a communications major, won third place in Feature Writing for “Star fighter keeps beating the odds” in the Daily Division E (circulation 12,500-35,000) threshold. The same story also netted Zachary the Walter Spearman Award, a state Associated Press honor that recognizes outstanding writing by a journalism with two years or less experience at daily newspapers of any circulation.

Of the story, the AP wrote, “Zachary profiled Ronnisha Holden who was born 17 weeks premature and given little chance to survive. But she did, and Zachary’s story captured her as she celebrated her 17th birthday.”

The Herald snagged 17 awards, including the first-place honor for general excellence in Division D for the third consecutive year. The Times-News captured eight total awards, which were highlighted by wins for Appearance and Design and Public Service. The Daily Reflector won 13 awards.

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