In the 2011 North Carolina Press Association awards, Mountain Xpress earned recognition for six stories, projects and publications:
• 1st place: News Feature Writing — In “Turf War” [July 19, 2011], one of a series of political analyses Xpress news staff produced last year, Staff Reporter Jake Frankel examined the political wrangling that led to big changes in Western North Carolina’s election districts — such as most of the Democrat-stronghold city of Asheville being pulled 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 about the 1929 Marion Massacre, Staff Reporter Jake Frankel put together a multimedia collection that included a scrapbook, narrated slideshow, and audio documentary (produced by Kim Clark) with photos by Jonathan Welch and assistance from reprography specialist Will Rice and a group of historians, including Mike Blankenship.
• 2nd place: Online Breaking News : “The big deal: Linamar will bring almost 400 jobs to Asheville” [June 30, 2011], by news team 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], contributing reporter Susan Andrew,reviews the more than 50 inactive hazardous waste sites that exist 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], Food Writer Mackensy Lunsford profiles Cúrate’s up-and-coming Chef Katie Button, who is a semi-finalist in this year’s James Beard Foundations “Rising Chef of the Year” award.