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Birmingham Times captures top awards from Alabama Press Association

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The Birmingham Times Media Group (BTMG) won 1st place awards for Best News Feature Story; Best Education Coverage; Best Layout and Design; and Best Newspaper Website in the 2020 Alabama Press Association Media Awards, the organization announced Friday.

The Mississippi Press Association judged the competition that included nearly 3,000 entries submitted by 98 publications.

The Times won a total of 10 awards including 3rd place for General Excellence.

The winning story for Best News Feature was titled “Hidden Pain: Surviving Sexual Abuse” and written by freelancer Je’Don Holloway Talley. The series of articles shared the stories of Birmingham-area women and their experiences of how sexual assault had an impact on them as they grew into adults.

Talley began her series: “Gone are the days of silence and shame in the face of sexual assault and misconduct. America is slowly adapting to a new narrative for survivors of sexual abuse—one that empowers, vocalizes, and offers cathartic relief.”

To read the stories click here.

Since The Birmingham Times was rebranded in 2016 the media publisher has won nearly two dozen journalism awards in national and state contests including 1st place awards for General Excellence; Best Feature Story and Best Layout and Design.

“I am excited to be recognized by the Alabama Press Association for the work we do here in Birmingham,” said Sam Martin, president and publisher of the BTMG. “Our dedicated team of editors and journalists work hard every day to inform our community and it’s good to see that work recognized by others. We congratulate and thank our Times team and the support we have received from readers.”

The Birmingham Times was recognized by the APA in these categories:

Best Education Coverage (1st place)

Best Layout and Design (1st place)
(Kathryn Sesser Dorne)

Best News Feature Story Coverage (1st place)
Hidden Pain (Je’Don Holloway Talley)

Best Newspaper Website (1st place)

Best Feature Story Coverage (2nd place)
“Working Hard for All of Us” (Ameera Steward)

Best Production and Printing (2nd place)

General Excellence (3rd place)

Best Headline (3rd place)
Painting The Town, (Kathryn Sesser Dorne)

Best Lifestyle/Family Pages (3rd place)

Best Sports Feature
Bring It On (staff).