The Dallas Morning News received seven awards, including four first place recognitions, for print and online feature journalism at the 26th annual Excellence in Features Journalism awards. Winners will be recognized Aug. 20-23 at the Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) national conference in Nashville. 

 “This contest recognizes the highest form of storytelling in American newspaper journalism, and I am really proud of our performance this year,” said Bob Mong, editor of the Morning News. “It is a testament to the excellence of our newsroom.”

The Morning News team and individual staffers competed against national newspapers and wire services with circulations of 200,000 and above, winning four of the 16 following categories:  

Series or project: Scott Farwell was honored for “The Girl in the Closet” series profiling Lauren Kavanaugh’s story of survival. Farwell was also a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work on the series.  

General Commentary Portfolio: Film critic, Chris Vognar, won for giving readers insight into what movies say about the time we live in and how art reflects back on society.  

Integrated storytelling: The Morning News staff was recognized for JFK 50: Through Its Grief, Dallas Grew, a yearlong, interactive series on the JFK assassination using stories, photos and videos.  

Best Niche Product: For the second year in a row, FD Luxe and its editor-in-chief, Rob Brinkley, was honored for the publication’s photography, visual design and writing.  

The Morning News also received second and third place recognitions, as well as one honorable mention, in additional feature categories. Second place in Narrative Writing went to FD Luxe editor, Christopher Wynn, for a story about the mysterious death of Dallas hairstylist, Paul Neinast. Reporter Marc Ramirez received third place in the Short Feature category for his humorous piece about a donkey vying for a world record. Additionally, restaurant critic Leslie Brenner won an honorable mention for her General Commentary Portfolio.  

Each year the Society for Features Journalism seeks to recognize feature writing and reporters at news organizations and wire services. Founded in 1947 at the American Press Institute, SFJ seeks to promote the craft of writing and innovation in lifestyles, arts and entertainment journalism.

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