Tracie Holden Simer (2004, Journalism), the Sun‘s online/social media editor, won the Malcolm Law award for a project that revealed several area animal shelters did not follow state rules governing pet adoptions.
Photographer Aaron Hardin (2007, Digital Media Studies) won first place in Spot News Photography.
Reporter Jordan Buie (2010, Journalism) won first place in the Video category.
A team consisting of Simer, Buie and reporter Ned Hunter also won second place in the Daily Deadline category.
Simer and reporter Lauren Foreman won honorable mention in the Freedom of Information category, which included work from all of the state’s daily newspapers and broadcasters.
The Sun’s staff also placed first in the Website and Multimedia categories.
The Sun competed against six other newspapers across the state with daily circulations ranging from 15,001 to 50,000. The contest recognized work produced in 2012.
The awards were presented at a banquet Saturday night at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.
[Original story found at the Jackson Sun‘s website here]