DME picks up 7 statewide awards


The Daily Mountain Eagle earned seven journalism awards in the 2020 Alabama Press Association Media Awards announced Friday.

DME picked up first-place awards for Best Lifestyles/Family Pages and Best Business Story or Column.

Best Lifestyles Page was for several editions throughout the year with work done by features editor Jennifer Cohron. The Best Business Story win was for an article titled “Relationships Matter” by Nicole Smith. 

“Jennifer and Nicole do a great job in their roles here at the DME,” Publisher James Phillips said. “Jennifer is hands down the best feature writer in our state, and Nicole covers education, and obviously business, as well as anyone in our industry. These two ladies have such pride in their work as well as in our newspaper and for the service we provide for our community.”

The Eagle earned second-place awards in Best Local Economic Coverage and Best Photo Essay. The photo essay award was for “We are all winners,” a collection of photos by Ron Harris from the Kiwanis Track and Field Day.

Third-place awards for the DME included Best Local Education Coverage, Best Local News Coverage and Best Newspaper Website.

“Every person on our news staff played a role in these awards,” Phillips said. “I’ve already mentioned Jennifer and Nicole. Ron Harris, Ed Howell and Jeffery Winbore were integral in the news, economic coverage and website awards.”

The Daily Mountain Eagle competed in the Division B section of the awards against newspapers in Alexander City, Scottsboro, Cullman, Selma, Auburn and several other cities across the state.

“Our division is the most competitive when it comes to these statewide awards,” Phillips said. “There are some quality papers in this group. It is an honor for our newspaper to be mentioned among the very best in our state.”