Tribune brings home 6 APA awards, announces move from 3 to 5 days per week

Left to right are Cullman Tribune Sports Editor Nick Griffin, Publisher Noah Galilee and Reporter Christy Perry. (Seth Miller for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Tribune on June 29 received six 2019 Alabama Press Association (APA) Media Awards. According to the APA, this year, 90 publications submitted 3,394 entries in the annual contest. The Illinois Press Association membership judged the entries.

The awards were presented at the 2019 APA Summer Convention at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.

In the Best In-Depth News Coverage category, Tribune Reporter W.C. Mann and Editor Wendy Sack won second place for their coverage of the March 2018 hailstorm.

Reporter Christy Perry took first place in the Best Human Interest Column category for her piece, “SURVIVOR’S STORY: You have to get on with it.’”

Another first-place award went to Sports Editor Nick Griffin, who won for Best Sports Photo for his coverage of the Cullman County Softball Tournament.

In Online Breaking News Coverage, Sack won second place for “2nd person arrested for murder of Leslie Clements; Kayla Thursby picked up in Tuscaloosa” and third place for “Cullman man charged with murder in shooting death of stepfather.”

Mann also took a second-place win in Best Use of Social Media for “Tribune reporter William Craig Mann shows off some of the hail that fell around his home.”

“This is the first time in decades that The Cullman Tribune has been entered into the crowded field of newspapers and for the crew to pick up six awards is a major accomplishment for all involved,” said Publisher Noah Galilee. “We have strong editors and journalists who each have a passion for the profession. It doesn’t get much better than that!”

Galilee continued, “However, next year we are hoping for a much better showing as we will be leaving the D category for weekly newspapers to B category which is for daily publications. So, you heard it here first. The Tribune will be a Tuesday – Saturday print edition beginning the first full week of August and will cost less than half of the price the other daily in the area.”

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