The Daily News Claims 11 Green Eyeshade Awards

By Daily News staff

The Daily News and The Memphis News claimed 11 Green Eyeshade Journalism Awards in the annual regional competition whose 2012 winners were announced Wednesday, May 8.

Sports commentary and sports reporting in The Memphis News by Don Wade claimed two first place awards in the 63rd annual Green Eyeshade Awards for the 11-state Southeastern region of the Society of Professional Journalists that includes Tennessee.

Wade’s commentary and reporting portfolios covered the local sports scene from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Memphis Redbirds to University of Memphis athletics.

Graphic designer and illustrator Emily Morrow earned top honors for a portfolio of cover illustrations for The Memphis News including a cover story on the state of green initiatives in Memphis and a chess game illustration for a cover story on the schools merger.

A portfolio of 2012 editorials from The Memphis News finished second in the editorial writing category among non-daily newspapers in the region.

Sarah Baker’s portfolio of features including an Oct. 18 story on a group of women with real estate and banking backgrounds who formed a singing group placed second in the region for feature reporting at small daily newspapers.

The Memphis News placed second in public affairs reporting that included a wide range of articles from reporter Bill Dries on topics from the Occupy Memphis movement to high air fares at Memphis International Airport to coverage of the local schools merger.

Dries also placed second in politics reporting in the region for his stories for the weekly on the 2012 elections in Memphis and Shelby County.

Reporter Andy Meek’s coverage of Robert J. Pera, the new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, placed third in technology reporting. The Nov. 12 cover story in The Memphis News chronicled Pera’s career as founder of Ubiquiti Networks Inc.

Baker’s June 4 story in The Daily News on homebuyers and Realtors using online tools for home searches placed third among all dailies in the region for technology reporting.

And portfolios of sports and feature photographs from photographer Lance Murphey placed third for the region in the feature photography and sports photography categories among all newspapers.