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S.C. Business Publications earned 30 awards during the South Carolina Press Association annual luncheon Saturday in Columbia.

Out of the 30 awards, the group — including GSA Business Report, Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal and SCBIZ magazine — picked up 11 first-place awards and earned the top three places in six categories.

GSA Business Report was awarded as best newspaper publication, followed by the Columbia Regional Business Report.

“Strong content and breadth of coverage, plus strong design, push this paper to the front of a very competitive category,” the judges commented on the GSA win. “All three sister publications are excellent.”

Former Columbia Regional Business Report staff reporter Melinda Waldrop won first place in news reporter for her story on a False Claims Act settlement and first in business reporting for her story “Downtown College Town.” Judges said Waldrop’s winning business story contained “solid writing, nice presentation.”

The news team at GSA Business Report finished first for reporting in-depth for its BMW 100th anniversary section and third in the category for its story on Upstate technical colleges’ budgets. The Columbia Regional Business Report finished second in reporting in-depth for its update on development along Bull Street.

“Defines in-depth,” the judges wrote of GSA’s winning in-depth reporting. “Everything you want to know about BMW, plus some, in honor of its 100th anniversary. Very thorough.”

In business reporting, Charleston Regional Business Journal staff writer Liz Segrist finished second for her story on the Mercedes-Benz production facility in North Charleston while GSA Business Report editor Matthew Clark finished third in the category for his story on the impact of North Carolina’s HB2 legislation on South Carolina travel and tourism.

Columbia Regional Business Report editor Chuck Crumbo swept the news photo category and earned first place in the feature photo category for his photo of Allen University’s Chappelle Auditorium wood windows.

“Skillful use of light and dramatic low angle make photo an eye-stopper. Well exposed,” the judges commented on Crumbo’s winning photo.

Creative Director Ryan Wilcox won first place in page one design for GSA Business Report’s “High Stakes” cover and third for GSA’s “Up for Grabs” cover. Emily Matesi earned second place in the category for Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Heavy Lifting” front page.

Wilcox won the feature page design category for SCBIZ magazine’s summer edition while Matesi finished second for Charleston’s “Something new, something blue” feature page design. Fellow designer Andrew Sprague finished third in the category for Lake Wylie Today’s “Smokin Hot” feature.

Matesi finished first in the infographic category for Charleston’s “Airport renovation by the numbers” while Wilcox finished second for GSA’s “Travel by the numbers” graphic.

Charleston, Columbia and GSA finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the website category.

“Difficult to pick a top honor on as winning sites are all owned by the same company, and they all have praiseworthy writing, photography and design,” judges said. “Templates aside, Charleston Regional Business Journal stood above the rest with engaging, timely content. Strength is in localized enterprise reporting and breaking news on business developments. These regional sites are all well-designed with a good focus on graphics, multimedia reporting and ease of access.”

Graphic artist Jane Mattingly finished first in the event marketing category for Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” campaign. Charleston also earned second place in the magazine or specialty publication category for the 2016 Event Planning Guide.

Clark finished second in news reporting for his story on the 85-385 project and third in sports reporting for a feature on Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ Craig Purcell.

Charleston Regional Business Journal managing editor Andy Owens finished second in editorial writing for his piece “Haley’s sincere leadership made Hurricane Matthew less terrible” and Grady Johnson, S.C. Business Publication’s group publisher, finished second in column writing for his viewpoint “Keepers of the campaign for school funding reform” which first appeared in SCBIZ magazine. Segrist earned second place in feature writing with her piece on Boeing S.C.’s new site leader.

2016 SCPA News Contest

Best Newspaper Publication

1st — GSA Business Report

2nd — Columbia Regional Business Report

 

Magazine or Specialty Publication

2nd — Charleston Regional Business Journal, “2016 Event Planning Guide”

 

News Reporting

1st — Melinda Waldrop, Columbia Regional Business Report, “Whistleblower nets $5.35M in False Claims Act settlement

2nd — Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, “85-385 project challenging: SCDOT”

 

Reporting In-Depth

1st — GSA Business Report, “BMW 100th Anniversary”

2nd — Columbia Regional Business Report, “Bull Street Development Update”

3rd — GSA Business Report, “Upstate tech schools address budget issues.”

 

Business Reporting

1st — Melinda Waldrop, Columbia Regional Business Report, “Downtown College Town”

2nd — Liz Segrist, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Sprinter for the Long Haul: Mercedes-Benz vans building a full-scale production facility and campus in the Lowcountry”

3rd — Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, “Up for grabs: HB2 may impact tourism in South Carolina”

 

Feature Writing

2nd — Liz Segrist, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “From ‘humble beginnings’ to Boeing S.C. site leader”

 

Sports Reporting

3rd — Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, “Swamp Rabbits ambassador: Craig Purcell”

 

Editorial Writing

2nd — Andy Owens, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Haley’s sincere leadership made Hurricane Matthew less terrible”

 

Column Writing

2nd — Grady Johnson, SCBIZ, “Viewpoint: Keepers of the campaign for school funding reform”

 

News Photo

1st — Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business Report, “Kevin Bowsher, an armorer at Palmetto State Armory’s West Columbia manufacturing facility, assembles a rifle.”

2nd — Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business report, “Downtown College Town: A boom in student housing has fueled an expansion of USC’s boundaries to Main Street and the Vista neighborhood.”

 

Feature Photo

1st — Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business Report, “Wood window frames were restored as part of the $3 million renovation of historic Chappelle Auditorium at Allen University.”

 

Page One Design

1st — Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, “High Stakes”

2nd — Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Heavy Lifting”

3rd — Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, “Oct. 31”

 

Feature Page Design

1st — Ryan Wilcox, SCBIZ, “Summer”

2nd — Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Something new, something blue”

3rd —Andrew Sprague, Lake Wylie Today, “Smokin’ Hot!”

 

Infographic

1st — Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Airport renovations by the numbers”

2nd — Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, “Travel by the numbers”

 

Website

1st — Charleston Regional Business Journal

2nd — Columbia Regional Business Report

3rd — GSA Business Report

 

Event Marketing

1st — Jane Mattingly, Charleston Regional Business Journal, “Forty Under 40”

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