Alabama Media Group journalists win 26 Alabama Press Association Media Awards
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Superhero window washers dressed as Batman, Superman, Captain America and Spderman delight the patients at Children's of Alabama hospital in October 2019.

Alabama Media Group journalists won honors for reporting, commentary, features, sports and photography in the 2020 Alabama Press Association Media Awards, the organization announced Friday.

The Mississippi Press Association judged the competition that included nearly 3,000 entries submitted by 98 publications.

Winners for Alabama Media Group, which publishes news online at AL.com and in The Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register and The Huntsville Times, were honored in the following categories:

Best Spot News Story: 1st place in Division A for “Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney abduction” by Carol Robinson

Best In-Depth News Coverage: 3rd place in Division A for “Medical Debt Inside Alabama’s Jails” by Connor Sheets

Best Business Story or Column: 1st place in Division A for “The Business of Recyling,” by Dennis Pillion; 3rd place for “After the Abortion Ban” by Anna Claire Vollers

Best Editorial: 1st place in Division A for “It’s Time to Hear From Alabama’s Women” by Kelly Scott

Best Human Interest Column: 1st place in Division A for “Welcome to the Outside: A letter to my daughter, who’s new” by Kyle Whitmire

Best Editorial Column or Commentary: 1st place in Division A for “The Consequences of Whitewashing Black History” by Jonece Starr Dunigan, 2nd place for “Alabama’s Story is America’s Story” by John Hammontree, 3rd place for “Gov. Kay Ivey Blackface Scandal” by Kyle Whitmire

Best Sports Single Event Story: 3rd place in Division A for “‘It doesn’t feel real.' The Scene in Alabama locker room after historic loss” by Michael Casagrande

Best Sports Feature Story: 2nd place in Division A for “Nick Saban has a cold and he doesn’t care” by John Talty

Best Local Sports Column: 2nd place in Division A for “Millennials talking? Strange things happen at the Masters where cell phones are banned” by Joseph Goodman

Best Feature Photo: 1st place in Division A for “Superhero Window Washers” by Joe Songer

Best News Photo: 1st place in Division A for “Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s Funeral” by Joe Songer

Best Photo Essay: 1st place in Division A for “Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney Funeral” by Joe Songer

Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations: 1st place in Division A for “Reckonomics” by Ramsey Archibald

Creative Use of Multimedia: 1st place in Division A for “The Reckon Interviews” by John Hammontree, 2nd place for “Bammers” by Benjamin Flanagan, 3rd place for “The History of Alabama in Six Minutes” by Ramsey Archibald

“Online Breaking News Coverage”: 1st place in Division A for “Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney abduction” by Carol Robinson, 2nd place for “Aniah Blanchard’s Kidnapping and Murder”: by Carol Robinson

“Best Use of Social Media”: 1st place in Division A for “The Black Magic Project” by Jonece Starr Dunigan, 2nd place for “Reckon/Women” by staff

FOI-First Amendment Award: 3rd place in Division A for “Why Public Records Matter” by Kyle Whitmire

Best Newspaper Website: 2nd place in Division A for alabamamediagroup.com

Best Public Service: 2nd place in Division A for “Alabama’s War on Women” by staff

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