The News-Journal staff received seven awards from the annual North Carolina Press Association News and Editorial Contest, in a variety of categories.
Publisher Ken MacDonald won first place in feature writing for his story about Ardis Edward Graham, a man from Bowmore who served in the all-black 761st Tank Battalion. He also won first place in general photography for photo coverage of the local memorial held for George Floyd.
Reporter Catharin Shepard won second place in beat news reporting for crime coverage, and third place in business writing for coverage of small business struggles during the pandemic.
Photographer Ed Clemente won first place in sports photography for his coverage of a Hoke High vs. Scotland County game, and third place in sports photography for his coverage of the Carolina Coyotes baseball team.
The News-Journal staff also received a second place award for its special section, the Hoke Heartbeat, covering healthcare topics in Hoke County.
The News-Journal competed in the A category among newspapers of similar circulation size across the state.
The awards are typically handed out during a ceremony in Raleigh, but this year due to the pandemic the ceremony was held online.