500 Journalists Attend NC Press Event In Raleigh

From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

RALEIGH -  Last week, from February 21st to February 23rd, several hundred journalists from across the state of North Carolina attended the NC Press Association's Winter Institute and Awards Dinner at the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel on Wake Forest Road.

The awards banquet was the largest event of the three day program, with over 500 journalists packed into the banquet room for the annual awards dinner and program.  Awards were given to both community and daily newspapers for their news articles, features, photographs, page designs, editorials, investigative reports, and more.

Jon Witherspoon, publisher of the Winston-Salem  Journal, was honored for his 43 years of journalism work both at the newspaper and with the NC Press Association.  [see related article]

Two special awards were also given in honor of Hugh Morton, the famed NC photographer and owner of Grandfather Mountain for photography work.  Two Triangle photographers won that award, Ted Richardson of the News & Observer and Michael McLoone of the Smithfield Herald.  [see related article].

In addition, there was an Associated Press awards luncheon with Santiago Lyon, the Director of Photography of the Associated Press as the keynote speaker.

This year, there were several topics of dicussion in training workships that related to news seen in the state in the past year.  There was a Sports in the Courtroom session that addressed issues of covering news about when criminal charges are filed against players, such as the Duke lacrosse case.

The Duke lacrosse case also came up during the Dig, Dig, Find, Find: Mining Public Records Online and at the Courthouse session.  

One of the speakers, News & Observer investigative reporter Joseph Neff, talked about how they used the Durham Police Department investigation standards protocols and even the state Bar Association ethics guidelines to show the irregularities that were reported on the case.

During that session, repoter Nicole Cartrette also talked about NC sunshine laws, public records laws, and meetings regarding public officials.  She offered some helpful hints to reporters, especially those working at community newspapers.

Digital media and future of newspapers in general were hot topics as well.

The two session Newspaper Next discussion talked about the future of newspapers and how to address the needs of readers, retain newspaper circulation, how to utilize new media, and more.

In addition, there were also digital workshops on photography, video, and the web.  In How to Become A Digital Journalist, three online newspaper managers and editors talked about how to use the Internet to reach readers. 

Eric Frederick, managing editor of the News & Observer's website; Randall Gregg, editor of the online daily Raleigh Chronicle.com, and Lisa Smith, the online manager of Bluffton Today, a combination print and online newspaper spoke to journalists about new media trends, online video, website work, and more.  [see related article].

The NC Press Association is headquartered in Raleigh and has over 200 member newspapers and publications that are located throughout North Carolina.   ::

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500 Journalists Attend NC Press Event In Raleigh

From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

RALEIGH -  Last week, from February 21st to February 23rd, several hundred journalists from across the state of North Carolina attended the NC Press Association's Winter Institute and Awards Dinner at the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel on Wake Forest Road.

The awards banquet was the largest event of the three day program, with over 500 journalists packed into the banquet room for the annual awards dinner and program.  Awards were given to both community and daily newspapers for their news articles, features, photographs, page designs, editorials, investigative reports, and more.

Jon Witherspoon, publisher of the Winston-Salem  Journal, was honored for his 43 years of journalism work both at the newspaper and with the NC Press Association.  [see related article]

Two special awards were also given in honor of Hugh Morton, the famed NC photographer and owner of Grandfather Mountain for photography work.  Two Triangle photographers won that award, Ted Richardson of the News & Observer and Michael McLoone of the Smithfield Herald.  [see related article].

In addition, there was an Associated Press awards luncheon with Santiago Lyon, the Director of Photography of the Associated Press as the keynote speaker.

This year, there were several topics of dicussion in training workships that related to news seen in the state in the past year.  There was a Sports in the Courtroom session that addressed issues of covering news about when criminal charges are filed against players, such as the Duke lacrosse case.

The Duke lacrosse case also came up during the Dig, Dig, Find, Find: Mining Public Records Online and at the Courthouse session.  

One of the speakers, News & Observer investigative reporter Joseph Neff, talked about how they used the Durham Police Department investigation standards protocols and even the state Bar Association ethics guidelines to show the irregularities that were reported on the case.

During that session, repoter Nicole Cartrette also talked about NC sunshine laws, public records laws, and meetings regarding public officials.  She offered some helpful hints to reporters, especially those working at community newspapers.

Digital media and future of newspapers in general were hot topics as well.

The two session Newspaper Next discussion talked about the future of newspapers and how to address the needs of readers, retain newspaper circulation, how to utilize new media, and more.

In addition, there were also digital workshops on photography, video, and the web.  In How to Become A Digital Journalist, three online newspaper managers and editors talked about how to use the Internet to reach readers. 

Eric Frederick, managing editor of the News & Observer's website; Randall Gregg, editor of the online daily Raleigh Chronicle.com, and Lisa Smith, the online manager of Bluffton Today, a combination print and online newspaper spoke to journalists about new media trends, online video, website work, and more.  [see related article].

The NC Press Association is headquartered in Raleigh and has over 200 member newspapers and publications that are located throughout North Carolina.   ::

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500 Journalists Attend NC Press Event In Raleigh

The ballroom was packed on Thursday night (above) as awards were handed out for NC journalism work.  The staff from Yes!Weekly in Greensboro enjoyed the evening (below) and the AP awards lunch was keynoted by Santiago Lyon, Director of Photography of the Associated Press

Photos By The Raleigh Chronicle