Six Xpress stories and projects named in 2011 N.C. Press Association awards

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.


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About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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