Daily News Collects Five Reporting Awards - Memphis Daily News - 5/17/2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

By the Daily News Staff

The Daily News won five awards during the 2011 Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors contest, including three first-place finishes and a sweep of the business news category.

The ceremony, a combined presentation with the Tennessee AP Broadcasters, was held Saturday at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville. The Daily News competed in Division IV for daily newspapers with a circulation of under 10,000.

Reporter Aisling Maki took first place in features reporting for a portfolio of articles on health care and nonprofits.

“On the Mend” was a story featured in The Memphis News, sister publication of The Daily News. The in-depth account looked at how the Regional Medical Center at Memphis over an 18-month period placed interim executives at the hospital, reduced staff, cut spending, improved insurance billing and implemented other changes that resulted in year-over-year savings of about $25 million.

Maki’s story, “Life Savers,” chronicled how Memphis Animal Services’ use of Facebook resulted in a significant increase in the number of adoptions and substantial decrease in the number of animals being euthanized.

And “Le Bonheur Moves Patients Into New Facility” looked at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s three-day move to its new $340 million, 12-story facility, a process that was two years in the making.

Reporter Sarah Baker also earned a first-place award, taking top honors in the business news category for “Emphasis on Cargo Security Heightened,” a story that examined the impact of last fall’s air cargo terrorist plots from Yemen on Memphis.

Rounding out the business category, senior reporter Andy Meek took second place for his piece, “Fund Signals Memphis ‘Open for Business.’” And Bill Dries placed third for “Energy in Memphis.”

The paper also won the editorials category for its opinion piece titled “Time for Sustained Financial Reform is Now,” which discussed how crucial financial institutions are to funding community growth.

In related news, Memphis sales and marketing firm RedRover Co. received a Bronze Summit Creative Award for Editorial and Publishing for its Guerrilla Marketing & Sales column, “A Gap in Judgment.”

The column is penned by RedRover managing partner Lori Turner-Wilson and appears weekly in The Daily News and The Memphis News. The mission of the column is to provide small- and mid-sized business owners with practical guidance on how to tackle common sales and marketing challenges with limited resources.

Celebrating its 17th year, the Summit International Award spotlights works created by small- and mid-size marketing firms around the globe.