SC Biz News publications took home eight awards, including three first-place honors, in the South Carolina Press Association’s 2021 News Contest.
The Columbia Regional Business Report won first place in the associate and individual division newspaper publication category, while Lake Wylie Today topped entries for magazine or specialty publication.
Judges said of the winning CRBR entry: “Strong reporting full of business, growth/development and industry leader news and features. Nice design and photography.” Of Lake Wylie Today, judges said: “Wow. Strong class of entries, with all being enjoyable reads. This one stands out for the quality of writing and photography. Loved the local business features on the chocolatiers and ‘Queenie Bee.’ Also great spotlights on groups giving back to your community.”
Columbia Regional Business Report editor Melinda Waldrop, Charleston Regional Business Journal digital editor Alexandria Ng and GSA Business Report staff writer Molly Hulsey won top honors in business reporting for their statewide report, “A Shifting Landscape,” which examined how S.C. businesses used Paycheck Protection Program funds. Judges called the piece a “good article that explains COVID relief funding and highlights the struggles small businesses have faced. Profiling the three organizations across the state was a good way to show impact and go beyond reporting data.”
Waldrop also took second place in the business reporting category for “From the Ground Up,” a profile of Columbia commercial real estate titans Tom and Tombo Milliken, while CRBJ associate editor Teri Errico Griffis received honorable mention for her look at how soft skills increase employees’ value.
Waldrop also received second-place recognition in the column or editorial writing category, while Ng took second-place honors in the news photo category.
SCPA award winners were honored Friday at a banquet at the Cooperative Conference Center in Columbia.