High Point Enterprise staff wins NC press awards

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

CHAPEL HILL — High Point Enterprise staff received several awards from the North Carolina Press Association Thursday evening. Our staff works hard to tell the stories of our community and provide relevant, interesting news for our readers. They don’t do this to win awards, but it sure is nice to receive recognition for their hard work and skill. Here are the writers and stories that received recognition from New Jersey and Michigan state journalists, who judged North Carolina’s newspapers this year:

Reporter Paul Johnson won first place in Deadline News Reporting for his story about High Point Regional Hospital merging with UNC Health Care. Johnson also won third place in Business Writing for his work on a five-part series examining successes of economic incentives versus the burden to taxpayers. Johnson, who has worked at the Enterprise for 15 years, covers politics, business and general assignment stories.

Features writer Jimmy Tomlin won first place in Sports Feature Writing for his three-part series, “Head Games: Football vs. Concussions.” Tomlin, who has written for the Enterprise for 23 years, also received first place for Headline Writing. Tomlin won third place in News Features for his story, “The Girls Next Door,” about a church located next to a strip club in High Point. 

Photographer Don Davis, a 32-year veteran of the Enterprise, won second place for General News Photography for his photo, “Police Name Officer of the Year.” Davis captured a particularly sweet moment during an otherwise formal photograph.

Opinion page editor Vince Wheeler won third place for Headline Writing. He won that award for his clever headlines for feature stories. Wheeler has worked at the Enterprise for 26 years.

The entire newsroom staff won third place in Special Section for our seasonal magazine, “Christmas in The Southern Triad.” The glossy magazine, packed with local stories and photos, was designed by our creative services director, Leslie Long, who has been with the paper for eight years.

This newspaper and our readers are fortunate to have a dedicated staff that is invested in High Point and our community. Most have spent the majority of their careers reporting the news and events of our hometown.

The awards were presented Thursday during a ceremony at The George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.