The Cherokee Scout brought home plenty of awards from the North Carolina Press Association contest, including two of the biggest prizes given. Staff photographer Ryan Revock won the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award (left) and the Scout won first place for general excellence in its division.

Cherokee Scout earns top awards from state press association

    Chapel Hill – The Cherokee Scout had a banner night during the N.C. Press Association’s annual meeting and awards ceremony Thursday, as the local newspaper was honored with first place in General Excellence and Staff Photographer Ryan Revock won the prestigious Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award for community newspapers.
    The Scout, the news and information source for Cherokee County since 1889, picked up another 20 awards overall for work done from October 2014 through September 2015 – 10 in the News, Editorial & Photojournalism Contest, plus 10 in the Best Ad Content – along with a third-place honor in Best Community Service for the series of political debates the Scout sponsored along with local radio and television stations. The Scout competes in Division B, for weekly newspapers statewide with a circulation from 3,500-10,000.
    “This is really quite an honor, and a tribute to the good work of the entire staff,” Publisher David Brown said. “We take pride in showcasing Cherokee County in a positive light at the state level.”
    The contest was judged by two other state press associations. Judges said the Scout won General Excellence due to the newspaper’s ”broad coverage, from the sheriff’s department owning a mine-proof vehicle to a reality show star. Writing was strong.”
    For the Hugh Morton award, Revock turned in a portfolio of images taken after he arrived at the Scout in January 2015, meaning he won the honor despite not even having a full year on the job.
    “Ryan winning photographer of the year is particularly special because the vast majority of newspapers our size don’t even employ full-time photographers anymore,” Brown said. “I’ve worked with several outstanding people behind the camera over the last 30 years, but none work harder or care more about the people involved than Ryan does.”
    Here are the other news, editorial and photojournalism honors:
    * First place, Best Editorial page, staff.
    * First place, General News Photography, Revock, for “Lights of hope.”
    * First place, Best Use of Photographs, staff.
    * Second place, Serious Columns, Brown, for three columns emphasizing unity as Americans, compassion to the poor and avoiding political extremes.
    * Second place, Best Photo Page, Revock, for “Pinewood Derby.”
    * Second place, Best Niche Publication, summer Country Roads magazine.
    * Second place, General News Photography, Revock, for “House fire.”
    * Third place, Best Niche Publication, fall Country Roads magazine.
    Here are the advertising honors:
    * First place, Best Advertising Campaign, Sales Manager Donna Cook and Graphic Artist Ann Koles, for REACH Inc. Judges said it was a “very good campaign with a strong emotional edge.”
    * First place, Best Newspaper Promotion, Brown and Koles, for an ad showing there were 942 names in the Feb. 18, 2015, edition.
    * First place, Best Black & White Restaurant/Entertainment ad, Cook and Koles, for “Forks & Corks.”
    * First place, Best Innovative Concept/Wild Card, Cook, Sales Associate Dave Stevens and Koles, for Business Honor Roll.
    * First place, Best Real Estate Ad in a Niche Publication, Cook and Koles, for Western Carolina Real Estate Co. Inc. Judges said it was “nice work to add a little something extra to the real estate page.”
    * Second place, Best Black & White Institutional Ad, Cook and Koles, for Wayne’s Feed Store.
    * Second place, Best Real Estate Ad in a Niche Publication, Cook and Koles, for Western Carolina Real Estate.
    * Second place, Best Retail Ad in a Niche Publication, Cook and Koles, for Deb’s Jewelry.
    * Third place, Best Use of Color, Brown and Koles, for the Scout’s “Merry Christmas” ad.
    * Third place, Best Retail Ad in a Niche Publication, Stevens and Koles, for Trader’s Corner.
    “Our sales team is dedicated to your business’ success,” Brown said. “Advertising allows the Scout to cover local government meetings, newsworthy activities, human interest stories, public safety and sports events so you’ll know what’s going on in the place we call home.”