Beacon earns eight N.C. Press Association awards

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Brunswick Beacon collected eight awards in the 2013 North Carolina Press Association News, Editorial and Photojournalism competition. The awards were formally announced during a Feb. 27 ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sports editor Michael Paul earned three awards: first place for sports feature photo (John McNeil somersaults after scoring against North Brunswick, published in the Sept. 12 edition), second place for sports feature photo (“This one was for my brother,” published in the Feb. 7 edition), and third place for sports coverage.

Staff writer Laura Lewis earned second place in the arts and entertainment reporting category for “Welcome, Willie,” published in the Dec. 13, 2012, edition.

Staff writer Brian Slattery earned third place in the profile feature category for “Leland family adjusts to life with quintuplets,” published in the Nov. 12, 2012, edition.

Managing editor Jackie Torok and former staff writer Renee Sloan received second place in the online breaking news category for “Grand jury indicts Murray in killing of 3-year-old boy,” breaking the story, published in the Aug. 8 edition, at www.brunswickbeacon.com, on Facebook and Twitter on Aug. 5. Sloan also received first-place honors in the profile feature category for “Oyler among first women to serve in U.S. Marine Corps,” published in the July 4 edition.

Former page designer Shelagh Clancy received third place for appearance and design.