Main Street Media of Tennessee captured 10 first place awards and one of its 13 newspapers, the Gallatin News, was named best Division 1 newspaper in the state at the Tennessee Press Association Awards ceremony last Friday.
Overall, the company received 61 top 5 awards.
“Last year was very difficult for everyone but our journalists showed again why they are some of the best in the state,” said Dave Gould, Owner of Main Street Media of Tennessee. “Across the board, from news, to schools, to features, to sports, to photos, our team was recognized again and again with TPA awards. I’m so proud of all of them and grateful that I get the opportunity to work with them every day.”
The win by the Gallatin News marked the sixth time in the last six years a Main Street Media newspaper has been named the best in the state. It was the third win in Division 1 for the Gallatin News, the Wilson Post has won twice in Division 2 and the Hendersonville Standard has won once in Division 2.
The Robertson County Connection won two awards – third place for Coronavirus News Coverage and fourth place for Best Sports Writing.
A host of reporters and editors including Sherry Mitchell, Russell Vannozzi, Paula Eller, Candis Ann Shea and Ellen Kennedy were recognized for the news coverage award.
“Great local coverage of the pandemic and its toll on society,” one judge wrote. “The stories are wonderfully varied with in-depth looks at struggling farmers, school closures and food banks. Each story answers the essential question of how the virus is changing the community. The writing is punchy and keeps readers interested. The stories also benefit from colorful graphics and photos.”
The sports writing award recognized Main Street Preps Sports editor Vannozzi and sports reporter Joel Clinger.
“I liked the deep dives into recruiting and how high school players hustled to find college programs,” one judge wrote. “Many of the other pieces did a nice job of digging into the other side of life when athletics are stalled.”
Reciprocal judging is done with another state’s association. This year, the New Jersey Press Association judged 1,208 entries from 79 of the Tennessee Press Association’s 131 member newspapers.