The Leeds Tribune won an award for strong journalism in the 2019 Alabama Press Association Media Awards.
The Tribune and its sister publication, the Selma Sun, were purchased by veteran journalist Cindy Fisher in September 2018, so stories entered into the competition were from September to December. Both publications operate under Kingfisher Media LLC, with Fisher as its CEO.
“Kingfisher Media is a young company, and we are honored to be recognized for our work when competing with so many other long-established and talented publications in our category,” Fisher said. “We’ve published some excellent articles so far this year, so I can see us winning even more awards next year as our publications grow in our communities.”
The Leeds Tribune won third place for Best use of Social Media for “Leeds Tribune engages thousands of readers via live video on social media platforms” by Cindy Fisher and Annette McGuire. The social media campaign included visiting businesses live on Facebook at Halloween and Christmas.
The Selma Sun won third place for Best In-Depth News Coverage for the Selma Sun for “Wide options of education in Selma-Dallas County” by Karim Shamsi-Basha.
Competition for these awards was fierce. The Alabama Press Association reports the annual journalism contest included 90 publications that submitted 3,394 entries. It was judged by the Illinois Press Association membership.
More awards will be presented at the 2019 APA Summer Convention at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach on June 29.