The Murfreesboro Post was honored on Sept. 24 with 11 journalism awards in the 2020 Tennessee Press Association newspaper contest.
The Post took first place awards for Best Sports Coverage, Best Single Editorial and Local Features.
“Tight 1st place contest, but variety and depth of coverage wins by a nose,” wrote one judge about the Post’s first-place sports coverage award that honored sports editor Monte Hale and his team of reporters and photographers.
The Best Single Editorial titled, “Residents ignored during electric department sale” was about the sale of Murfreesboro Electric from the city to Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. Editorial board members Ivan Aronin, Jason Reynolds and Dave Gould were honored.
“This editorial jumps straight to the heart of the matter and is unrelenting in making the point to readers. The solid structure presented reinforced the importance of this topic,” wrote a judge.
Reynolds also received the third-place Investigative Reporting award for his coverage of the electric company sale.
The first-place Local Features award recognized several journalists for their work including Reynolds, Aronin, Cat Murphy and photographer Frank Caperton.
The Post received a second-place award for Headline Writing and Reynolds picked up two more third-place awards for Best Breaking News Coverage and Best News Reporting.
“Very timely series in two ways: dealing with the opioid crisis and the interest state lawmakers around the country are showing in hemp and CBD,” wrote one judge describing Reynolds’ reporting about alternative health approaches.
The Post was honored with fourth-place awards for Best Feature Photograph (Jim Davis) and Make-up and Appearance.
Finally, Reynolds earned two fifth-place awards for Best Education Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting.
“Well-sourced stories lead to top-notch reporting for the Post,” wrote one judge about Reynolds’ education reporting. “The interview with the state senator was the local accountability icing on the cake.”
“The Tennessee Press Association awards are the gold standard for journalism awards and I am very proud of our journalists’ outstanding work. We were again the most recognized newspaper in the county, which is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication to our readers,” said Dave Gould, publisher of the Post.
The Post competed in Group 2, the mid-sized weekly newspaper division.
Newspapers owned by the Post’s parent company, Main Street Media of Tennessee, won a total of 52 awards including nine first-place awards.
The contest is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
Reciprocal judging is done with another state’s association. This year, the Georgia Press Association judged 1,341 entries from 72 of the Tennessee Press Association’s 129 member newspapers.