The Beat: Good words

a href=“”In the 2011 North Carolina Press Association awards, Mountain Xpress was honored in six different categories for various stories, projects and publications produced last year:

• 1st place: News Feature Writing — In “Turf War” (July 19, 2011), one of a series of political analyses by Xpress news staff, Jake Frankel examined the political maneuvering that led to big changes in Western North Carolina’s election districts — such as moving most of the city of Asheville, a Democratic stronghold, out of the 11th Congressional District and into the 10th.

• 1st place: Best Multimedia Project — To accompany the print story “Mountain Shame” (March 29, 2011), a tale of the 1929 Marion Massacre, reporter Jake Frankel put together a multimedia collection that included a scrapbook, audio documentary by Kim Clark and a slide show, with photos by Jonathan Welch, technical contributions by reprography specialist Will Rice, and assistance from a group of avid local historians, including Mike Blankenship, Patti Holda and Anne Swann.

• 2nd place: Online Breaking News — “The Big Deal: Linamar Will Bring Almost 400 Jobs to Asheville” (June 30, 2011), by David Forbes, Jake Frankel and Margaret Williams, caps up-to-the-minute reporting on an economic-development announcement.

• 2nd place: News Enterprise Reporting — In “Hidden Hazards” (Jan. 11, 2011), reporter Susan Andrew reviewed the more than 50 inactive hazardous-waste sites in Buncombe County.

• 2nd place: Best Niche Publication — Published each March, the WNC Green Building Directory is a collaboration between Mountain Xpress and the WNC Green Building Council; the directory includes about 30 articles, how-to guides and resource listings, such as a roundup of green-building specialists.

• 3rd place: Profile Feature — In “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” (June 14, 2011), Mackensy Lunsford profiled up-and-coming chef Katie Button of Cúrate, who is a semifinalist in this year’s James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987. Follow me @mvwilliams

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