8 awards for The Clinton Chronicle
Clinton’s hometown newspaper for 116 years, The Clinton Chronicle has brought home from the weekend’s SC Press Association convention in Columbia eight awards, including General Excellence.
The Chronicle won 3rd place in the small weeklies division of General Excellence. First place winner was The Coastal Observer in Georgetown, and second place winner was The Union County News.
“Eight awards in a single year is a record for us," Publisher Larry Franklin said. "I'm particularly pleased to have received third place in general excellence. That reflects the overall quality of the newspaper, the writing and photography.
"The six awards Vic (Chronicle Editor Vic MacDonald) won is the most an individual staff member has won in one year and the four first place awards is also a record for us," Franklin said. "Vic proves every week he is dedicated to our readers and I'm proud his work is being recognized."
Franklin won 1st place in the column writing category. His award-winning columns were “Trying to make sense of things,” “Rep. Pitts continues to astonish,” and “Elizabeth B. Franklin: 1924-2015.”
MacDonald received 3rd place in the column writing category. His submissions were “Proud to be associated with prize winning journalism,” “The noblest profession takes a hit,” and “Can we get a do-over on 2015, please?”
MacDonald won 1st place in the spot sports story category for his article about Clinton High School seeking a replacement for football coach Scott King. He won 1st place in the sports feature story category for a profile of Red Devil track star Dee Jennings, who posted the fastest hurdles time in the nation among high school runners.
MacDonald won 1st place in the general news photo category for a picture of Cynthia Simmons hugging her son, Michael Beaty, after his murder conviction and sentencing.
The photo caption said, “Saying goodbye. Cynthia Simmons, mother of Michael Beaty Jr. convicted Friday (Jan. 30, 2015) of murder, says goodbye for now to her son as Beaty is escorted from the main courtroom at Hillcrest Square Judicial/Services Center. “‘Never in his life has he hurt anyone,’” Simmons told presiding judge Jeffery Young. “‘I know my child.’”
A photo series that MacDonald produced about the Beaty trial and verdict won 3rd place in the photo series/story category.
MacDonald won 1st place in the reporting in depth category for coverage of the Beaty trial, a series of articles spanning three issues of The Clinton Chronicle in January-February, 2015.
“This has been a very difficult year to be a journalist in Clinton and in South Carolina as a whole,” MacDonald said. “I am eternally grateful to Clinton, our readers and supporters, for giving me the chance to enhance my craft. As The Chronicle’s editor, I follow in the footsteps of journalism giants. It is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
MacDonald started his fifth year with The Chronicle in February, as part of 40-year journalism, public information and teaching career, all in South Carolina. He has worked in Bishopville, Camden, Greenwood, Florence and Newberry. He was part of a team that received a SC Press Association Freedom of Information award for articles detailing a State Law Enforcement Division investigation of the Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority and its former manager, Bobby Harris.
MacDonald is a 1975 graduate of Newberry College.