The North Carolina Press Association held its annual awards dinner last night and the NC Policy Watch team took home several awards for its work in 2018. Policy Watch was awarded second place in the prestigious “General Excellence” category for online publications. First place went to Coastal Review Online and third went to Carolina Public Press.
Other winners in General Excellence for traditional newspapers included the Winston-Salem Journal, Fayetteville Observer, the Wilson Times, the News Reporter (based Columbus County), and the State Port Pilot (which is based in Southport).
In the individual award categories, PW journalists received the following recognition in the Online Division:
First place for “News Feature Writing” – Lisa Sorg
First place for “Election and Political Reporting – Billy Ball
Second place for “Photography, General News” – Lisa Sorg
Second place for “Serious Columns” – Rob Schofield
Second place for “Election and Political Reporting” – Melissa Boughton
Second place for “Beat Feature Reporting” – Melissa Boughton
Second place for “Education Reporting” – Billy Ball
Second place for “Editorials” – Rob Schofield
Third place for “News Enterprise Reporting” – Joe Killian
Third place for “News Feature Writing” – Lisa Sorg
Third place for “Investigative Reporting” – Billy Ball
Third place for “Editorials” – Billy Ball
Policy Watch Education Reporter Greg Childress was also recognized for his work last year for Raleigh’s News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun prior to joining the PW team with a First Place award in the category of “Deadline News Reporting.”