CHAPEL HILL — The Bladen Journal was recognized with a pair of awards on Thursday at the North Carolina Press Association’s annual News, Editoral & Photojournalism Contest on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
More than 600 awards for newspaper excellence were handed out on the night.
W. Curt Vincent, general manager and editor of the Bladen Journal, was presented with the two awards in the weekly newspaper division with up to 10,000 circulation.
— Vincent earned a second place in the appearance and design category for newspapers that featured a visit by the Lizard Lick Towing crew to the Minuteman Food Mart on U.S. 701 North in White Lake (May 10, 2013) and a feature on West Bladen’s trio of softball pitchers (May 14, 2013).
— Vincent also earned a second-place award in the serious columns category that included a trio of pieces titled “A brief moment of forever” (Jan. 11, 2013), “I’ll miss my bowling buddy” (May 10, 2013) and “A story of John’s oasis” (June 21, 2013).
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Vincent said. “Of course, we would have liked to bring more awards home, but the competition really is very tough. There are a lot of very good newspapers, writers and photographers out there in every division.”
The Bladen Journal has garnered a total of 18 awards from the NCPA’s annual contest over the past five years — including seven in 2011 alone.