Hitting 100 hasn’t slowed down your daily newspaper, with the Index-Journal winning six awards in advertising and journalism contests.

PALMY Awards

Bob Roy, a senior advertising representative with more than 13 years of experience, won two awards in the South Carolina Press Association’s 2019 PALMY Awards competition.

Roy won second place in two separate ad categories for newspapers under 12,000 in circulation. He received second place for his Greenwood ABC ad in the Food/Alcohol division and his Sunny 103.5 ad in the Small Space division.

SCPA recognizes the state’s best advertising professionals and advertisers annually for the impact they have made for their customers. Winners came from 535 entries submitted among 25 member newspapers.

Inland Newsroom Contest

The Index-Journal won four awards, including two first-place finishes, among daily newspapers circulating fewer than 10,000 editions at the 2019 Inland Newsroom Contest.

Assistant Editor Matthew Hensley won first place in explanatory writing for “Cracks in the Foundation,” an eight-page special report that delved into the state Office of Inspector General investigation into spending at the Lander Foundation and related probes. In the same category, Greenwood’s newspaper took second for “En route to bus safety,” a package of stories by Hensley and staff writers Damian Dominguez and Adam Benson about school bus safety in the wake of an Abbeville County school bus crashing in Greenwood County.

Dominguez finished third in personality/individual profile for “Long road to recovery,” a feature on Jon Erik Hartfield’s path to recovery 16 years after a wreck that left him in a monthslong coma.

Designers Bob Simmonds and Greg K. Deal share a first-place award for front-page design. The four pages in this submission are:

  • Oct. 7, 2018: A two-story front with Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in and a Humane Society of Greenwood adoption event.
  • Oct. 21, 2018: Headlined “Day of mourning,” the page featured coverage of the funerals of retired Marine Corps Maj. Joe D. Black and 11-month-old Dylan Emery.
  • Jan. 10, 2019: The page featured coverage of Highway Patrol’s campaign for fewer fatal wrecks and the state Commission on Higher Education salary flap.
  • April 12, 2019: A prominent story package on the sentencing of a man who tried to hire a Klansman to kill his black neighbor was the page’s focal point.

The competition is put on by the Des Plaines, Illinois-based Inland Press Association, which boasts more than 1,000 newspaper members across the country. The organization is in the midst of a merger with the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

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