TAB takes top honors for niche publication, writing in APA annual contest


The Alabama Baptist won four awards in this year’s Alabama Press Association (APA) Better Newspaper Contest.

“We appreciate the affirmation of The Alabama Baptist these awards represent,” TAB Editor Bob Terry said. “This year the paper won writing awards for news, feature and editorial. That demonstrates The Alabama Baptist provides readers quality coverage that competes favorably with the best secular writing in the state.”

The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists” won first place in the category “Best Niche Publication — Newsprint or Glossy.” The four-color, fully illustrated book published in hardback and paperback details the history of The Alabama Baptist, from wars and political upheaval, to cultural changes and technology shifts.

“We are especially excited that the 175th anniversary book telling the story of The Alabama Baptist won first place,” Terry said. “This volume has now taken top honors in state, denominational and national competitions. We are glad we can offer this outstanding book to the people of Alabama.”

TAB writer Grace Thornton won First Place in the “Best Feature Story Coverage” category for her story “Uncle Cudjo.” TAB correspondent Margaret Colson won Third Place in “Best News Feature Story Coverage” for “Pray for Mount Zion.”

In the “Best Editorial” category, Terry placed third for his editorial “Racism is wrong.”

The APA Better Newspaper Contest is an annual awards competition for members of the Alabama Press Association. The Alabama Baptist competes in Division C, non-daily newspapers with a total paid circulation of 4,001 and above.

The awards were presented on July 21 at the 2018 APA Summer Convention at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. (TAB)