The staff of the Lincoln Times-News was honored with several awards in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2012 News, Editorial and Photojournalism contest, including the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information award for our coverage of possible violations of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law by the Lincolnton City Council.
The contest’s judges said the Times-News did a “great job pressing the issue” when the council voted in a closed session to extend city manager Jeff Emory’s contract and issue a reprimand to another local media outlet.
Staff writer Sarah Lowery and former managing editor Frank Taylor received the Weathers award in the category for newspapers with a circulation over 25,000, which pitted the Times-News against much larger publications throughout the state.
Taylor also received a second place award in the editorials category for a selection of articles written throughout the year.
Chief photographer Ray Gora’s picture of a young, disabled wakeboarder landing a trick on Lake Norman earned a second-place honor in the sports feature photo category for community newspapers with a circulation above 10,000.
News editor Michael Gebelein took second place in the sports columns category for a collection of articles.