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S.C. Business Publications captures 30 SCPA awards

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S.C. Business Publications received 30 awards during the S.C. Press Association's annual luncheon Saturday in Columbia.

Out of the 30 awards, the group — including GSA Business Report, Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal and SCBIZ magazine — picked up 11 first-place awards and swept six categories.

GSA Business Report won first place in the best newspaper publication category, with affiliate publication the Columbia Regional Business Report winning second.

“Strong content and breadth of coverage, plus strong design, push this paper to the front of a very competitive category,” the judges commented on the GSA win. “All three sister publications are excellent.”

Former Columbia Regional Business Report staff reporter Melinda Waldrop won first place in news reporting for her story on a False Claims Act settlement and first in business reporting for her story Downtown College Town. Judges said Waldrop’s winning business story contained “solid writing, nice presentation.”

Columbia Regional Business Report editor Chuck Crumbo swept the news photo category and earned first place in the feature photo category for his photo of wood windows in Allen University’s Chappelle Auditorium.

“Skillful use of light and dramatic low angle make photo an eye-stopper. Well-exposed,” the judges commented on Crumbo’s winning photo.

In the news photo category, Crumbo’s photo of a Palmetto Armory worker took first place. “Unique angle makes reader stop and look at the photo,” the judges said. “Tattoos add interest.”

The news team at GSA Business Report finished first for reporting in depth for its BMW 100th anniversary section and third for its story on Upstate technical colleges’ budgets. The Columbia Regional Business Report finished second in that category for its update on development along Bull Street.

In the best website competition, the Charleston Regional Business Journal placed first, the Columbia Regional Business Report’s site took second place and GSA Business Report was third.

In business reporting, Charleston Regional Business Journal staff writer Liz Segrist won second for her story on the Mercedes-Benz production facility in North Charleston, while GSA Business Report editor Matthew Clark finished third in the category for his story on the impact of North Carolina’s HB2 legislation on S.C. travel and tourism.

Charleston Regional Business Journal managing editor Andy Owens finished second in editorial writing for his piece Haley’s sincere leadership made Hurricane Matthew less terrible and Grady Johnson, S.C. Business Publications group publisher, finished second in column writing for his viewpoint Keepers of the campaign for school funding reform, which first appeared in SCBIZ magazine. Segrist earned second place in feature writing with her piece on Boeing S.C.’s new site leader.

Creative director Ryan Wilcox won first place in page one design for GSA Business Report’s High Stakes cover and third for GSA’s Up for Grabs cover. Emily Matesi earned second place in the category for the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Heavy Lifting front page.

Wilcox won the feature page design category for a layout on the Columbia Fireflies’ opening season in SCBIZ magazine’s summer edition. Matesi finished second for Charleston’s Something new, something blue feature page design. Fellow designer Andrew Sprague finished third in the category for Lake Wylie Today’s Smokin’ Hot feature.

Matesi finished first in the infographic category for Charleston’s Airport renovation by the numbers while Wilcox finished second for GSA’s Travel by the numbers graphic.

Graphic artist Jane Mattingly finished first in the event marketing category for Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 campaign. Charleston also earned second place in the magazine or specialty publication category for the 2016 Event Planning Guide.

Clark finished second in news reporting for his story on the 85-385 project and third in sports reporting for a feature on Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ Craig Purcell.

2016 SCPA News Contest

Best Newspaper Publication

  • 1st: GSA Business Report
  • 2nd: Columbia Regional Business Report

Magazine or Specialty Publication

  • 2nd: Charleston Regional Business Journal, 2016 Event Planning Guide

News Reporting

  • 1st: Melinda Waldrop, Columbia Regional Business Report, Whistleblower nets $5.35M in False Claims Act settlement
  • 2nd: Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, 85-385 project challenging: SCDOT

Reporting In-Depth

  • 1st: GSA Business Report, BMW 100th Anniversary
  • 2nd: Columbia Regional Business Report, Bull Street Development Update
  • 3rd: GSA Business Report, Upstate tech schools address budget issues

Business Reporting

  • 1st: Melinda Waldrop, Columbia Regional Business Report, Downtown College Town
  • 2nd: Liz Segrist, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Sprinter for the Long Haul: Mercedes-Benz vans building a full-scale production facility and campus in the Lowcountry
  • 3rd: Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, Up for grabs: HB2 may impact tourism in South Carolina

Feature Writing

  • 2nd: Liz Segrist, Charleston Regional Business Journal, From humble beginnings to Boeing S.C. site leader

Sports Reporting

  • 3rd: Matthew Clark, GSA Business Report, Swamp Rabbits ambassador: Craig Purcell

Editorial Writing

  • 2nd: Andy Owens, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Haley’s sincere leadership made Hurricane Matthew less terrible

Column Writing

  • 2nd: Grady Johnson, SCBIZ, Viewpoint: Keepers of the campaign for school funding reform

News Photo

  • 1st: Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business Report, Kevin Bowsher, an armorer at Palmetto State Armory’s West Columbia manufacturing facility, assembles a rifle.
  • 2nd: Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business report, Downtown College Town: A boom in student housing has fueled an expansion of USC’s boundaries to Main Street and the Vista neighborhood.

Feature Photo

  • 1st: Chuck Crumbo, Columbia Regional Business Report, Wood window frames were restored as part of the $3 million renovation of historic Chappelle Auditorium at Allen University.

Page One Design

  • 1st: Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, High Stakes
  • 2nd: Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Heavy Lifting
  • 3rd: Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, Up for Grabs

Feature Page Design

  • 1st: Ryan Wilcox, SCBIZ, Summer
  • 2nd: Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Something new, something blue
  • 3rd: Andrew Sprague, Lake Wylie Today, Smokin’ Hot!


  • 1st: Emily Matesi, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Airport renovations by the numbers
  • 2nd: Ryan Wilcox, GSA Business Report, Travel by the numbers


  • 1st: Charleston Regional Business Journal
  • 2nd: Columbia Regional Business Report
  • 3rd: GSA Business Report

Event Marketing

  • 1st: Jane Mattingly, Charleston Regional Business Journal, Forty Under 40

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