The Society of Professional Journalists handed out their annual awards for journalism excellence last night, and the big winners for newspaper journalism were LEO and Business First. In 15 categories, LEO got 8, Business First 7. And then there was the big daily paper, the Courier-Journal, which got exactly one.
Here’s to LEO’s Jonathan Meador (4 Firsts) and Biz First’s John Karman (2), who got rewarded for consistently good reporting. Other than being too cheap to fill out the entry forms, however, there’s no logical reason the C-J isn’t better represented. In the non-Metro category that includes community newspapers, The Highlander and The Record (focused on Catholics) took up some awards.
The magazine competition was split between Business First and Louisville magazine, with Sophisticated Living and LEO collecting some prizes as well.
Then in TV, the big winners were WHAS-TV’s Adam Walser and WLKY-TV’s Andy Alcock, who picked up three first-places each, while WDRB-TV’s Bennett Haeberle added two.
The judging was done by a group from Kansas City, and the event was held last night at the Mellwood Arts Center. Congrats to all.