Record earns four Florida Press awards
The Nassau County Record earned four awards in the Florida Press Association’s Weekly Newspaper Contest.
One of the Record’s chosen entries was in the category of Reader-Submitted Photo. Callahan resident Brian LaCross won first place for his image, “West Side Rivalry,” depicting an image from a West Nassau versus Hilliard football game in September.
The judge commented, “Brian LaCross was in the right place at the right time to capture this dramatic moment at a high school football game. The eye goes to a tackler in mid-air, then notes the detail of the ball coming loose from the runner’s arms ... and, oh yes, one more detail, the tug of the carrier’s jersey. Lots of action in a microsecond!”
Record reporter Kathie Colgrove earned second place in Business Reporting for the story, “Small Businesses Find Keys to Sustain Success.”
The judge commented, “Nice story with great examples of small businesses working to maintain.”
Colgrove won third place in Local Government Reporting for coverage of alcohol sales in Hilliard, with the entry titled, “Liquor Sales Stir Hilliard.”
“This was straight-forward, but informative, reporting on a big change for a small town,” the judge noted. “The writing was clean, the debate clear and the paper followed the issue in depth from beginning to end.”
Colgrove also earned third place in Education News with her story, “Two Schools Nix Advanced Classes.”
“Comprehensive story, covering all sides of the issue. Well done,” noted that judge.
The awards are held annually with newspapers competing based upon circulation size. The Record entered in Division C and winners were announced July 12.
Advertising Specialist Samantha Coxwell also won an award earlier this year from CNI Newspapers, Inc. It is the All-Star Sales Award based on her advertising gains in 2018.
“Winning the All-Star Sales Award was such a pleasant surprise,” Coxwell said. “2018 was a great year for us here at the Record. When I was hired, I wasn’t just new to the company but to Nassau County as well. Over these last nearly four years, I’ve established many great relationships throughout the community. Getting to know my clients has been the basic fundamental in keeping them in our publications. We become friends and I enjoy learning about their business, kids, families and so on. Thank you to CNI for presenting me this award and a big thank you to our community for their support in advertising – I couldn’t have done it without you.”