Online convergence awards to Atlanta, Providence, Roanoke, Poughkeepsie
Aug. 1, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Providence (R.I.) Journal
are co-winners of the Associated Press Managing Editors' APMEOnline
Convergence Award for the best story told both in print and online by a
The association of newspaper and online editors also announced Monday that The Roanoke (Va.) Times won in the midsize division, and the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal among small newspapers.
The awards recognize combinations that exhibit the best attributes
of both print and online journalism. Entries that complemented and
enhanced one another, linking strong journalism with a creative,
innovative Web approach, earned the highest marks. The contest covered
work from June 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005.
The winners were selected from among 43 entries, the highest number
received in four years of the competition. The awards will be presented
during the APME annual conference Oct. 26-29 in San Jose, Calif.
Contest chairwoman Laura Sellers, online director of East Oregonian
Publishing Co., said the judges were impressed with the depth of the
competition. "These were all examples of excellence, and the ultimate
winners were the readers," she said. "The variety of mediums and the
excellence of the messages made this year's batch challenging to judge.
Other newspapers interested in reaching both print and online readers
in riveting, sophisticated ways can learn from these examples."
In the 100,000 and above circulation category, Atlanta and Providence were co-winners.
Atlanta's entry covered a March 11 courthouse shooting in which a
judge, court reporter and deputy sheriff were shot and killed. Two
newspaper staffers had been carjacked and the suspect was still at
large as the newspaper and its Web site, ajc.com, got on the story.
As part of its online coverage, the paper created guest books for
the victims, and within days, each had more than 100 pages of entries.
The judges said this was "impressive multimedia under pressure. AJC
maintained the immediacy of online reporting without letting up on the
journalism, ending up with a site beyond comprehensive. The big story
was there, as well the individuals."
Providence won with a seven-part series, "Saving Block Island: How
Rob Lewis led the way." It told one man's years of effort to rescue an
island, described as one of the 10 last great places, from
overdevelopment. Multimedia narratives created a showcase for each day
of the series, allowing the reporter to tell an audio version of his
"The print and online versions each offered a complete, while
completely different, experience," the judges said. "The print version
was as impressive in its layout as in its reporting, and the online
site design and Web-oriented elements were a perfect match with the
topic. We had to be restrained from immediately moving there."
In the 40,000 to 100,000 category, Roanoke and its online unit,
roanoke.com, won for "An Unlikely Refuge," focusing on an apartment
complex it called "the most diverse nine acres in Roanoke," at a time
"when more blacks are coming to the United States from Africa than
during the slave trade era, both as refugees and as voluntary
The judges said, "It was beautifully told in print and online with
stunning photos and powerful writing. The online experience was greatly
enhanced by hearing the refugees speak, sharing the diversity of their
language and lifestyles in audio and video."
In the category of up to 40,000 circulation, Poughkeepsie won for
"State of the Hudson", a four-part series about an estuary that it said
"suffered from the recklessness and detritus of people who came to
settle its shores."
The judges said it was "an overwhelming effort ... This package offered a level of depth that no other entry had."
The judges cited these entries as finalists in the over-100,000
circulation category: The Seattle Times for "Unearthing Tse-whit-zen,"
The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., for coverage of the 2005 U.S.
Open, and the Times Union of Albany, N.Y., for "Central Avenue."
The judges were Sellers; Lance Johnson, managing editor, The Day,
New London, Conn., and contest vice chair; Donna Reed, vice president
for news, Media General, Richmond, Va.; and Ruth Gersh, editorial
director of AP Digital. Judges refrained from discussing or voting on
entries from their newspapers.
APME is an organization of editors, managing editors and online
editors of the more than 1,700 newspapers served by the AP in the
United States and Canadian Press in Canada.
On the Net:
Providence Journal, "Saving Block Island"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Courthouse Shootings"
The Roanoke Times: "An Unlikely Refuge"
Poughkeepsie Journal: "State of the Hudson"
The Seattle Times, "Unearthing Tse-whit-zen"
The News & Observer, 2005 U.S. Open
Times Union, "Central Avenue"