From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — Winners of the 2020 Alabama Press Association Media Awards were announced by Dee Ann Campbell, chairman of the AMA Contest Committee. This year, 98 publications submitted 2,921 entries in the annual contest. The Mississippi Press Association membership judged the entries.
The first place awards in all categories and divisions were presented during the 2020 virtual awards program on Friday after the annual APA convention was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus.
The Tribune was named in six editorial award categories, picking up three first place, one second place and two third place awards.
The first place wins came in the Best Feature Story Coverage category for “World War II: One Trussville veteran’s journey into the heart of darkness” by Joshua Huff and the Creative Use of Multimedia category for “Tribune Unscripted” by Brannon Dawkins, Erica Thomas and Scott Buttram. The Tribune also landed in first place for the Most Improved Newspaper award.
Additionally, The Tribune was awarded second place for Best Local Economic Coverage and third place for Best Local News Coverage and Best Production and Printing, all by Thomas.
“I’m so proud of our entire staff from editorial to advertising to production to the front office,” publisher Scott Buttram said. “Everybody in the building tries to make us better every day. It is so gratifying to see Erica, Brannon and Josh recognized for their talent and hard work. Ron Burkett is also critical to our multimedia success because he’s the guy behind the scenes making it all come together.”
The Tribune is a weekly print newspaper which also provides up-to-the-minute news online covering the cities of Trussville, Clay, Pinson, Argo, Center Point, Springville, Leeds, Moody and surrounding areas.