And the winners are…: The Log takes home six honors in statewide contest

Matt Algarin

The winners of the 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest were announced Friday and The Log was well represented, collecting six total honors.

“Congratulations to our team of hard-working reporters,” Log Editor Matt Algarin said. “They are truly a talented group, which is shown by their success in this contest each year.

Sponsored by the Florida Press Association, the Better Weekly Newspaper Contest is a state-wide competition that awards honors to those who were deemed the best of the best in the friendly contest. Reporters are judged by their peers from newspapers of similar circulation.


Long-time sports reporter Tina Harbuck took home a first place honor in the “Feature Story: Profile” category for the story “This chapter begins,” which told the story of a Marine who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.  To read the story, CLICK HERE.

Log Photographer Kathy Harrison was also honored with a first place nod in the “Photo Series in One Issue” category for her pictures that visually told the story of “This Chapter Begins.”

Harbuck also took home a first place award in the “Outdoor & Feature” category for her story “Got Gator.” The gator tilted the scales at 345 pounds. To read the story, CLICK HERE.

In the “Business Reporting” category, Algarin was awarded second place for his story “Dolly & Destin?: Demolition permits issued for Parton-affiliated parcels.” To read the stories, CLICK HERE and HERE.

Faith writer Pam Griffin closely followed the story of St. John’s Greek Episcopal Church and wrote the story “This Old House of God,” which took home a third place honor in the “Faith and Family Reporting” category. The story focused on a family-built church that was going to be razed, making way for a restaurant. To read the story, CLICK HERE.

With a third place honor in the “Portfolio Photography” category, Harrison was honored for her photographs of  a tender moment between a mother and daughter, a wreck where the car went underneath a semi truck, the demolition of the Hawaiki, bucking broncos at a local rodeo, and a group of friends celebrating 40 years of friendship and a cancer survivor.

“I am very proud of the hard work our team has put in and their efforts have been recognized,” Algarin said. “They should be proud of themselves.”