‘Shelbyville Press-Gazette’ Wins 18 State Press Awards

By: E&P Staff

The Shelbyville (Tenn.) Times-Gazette won 18 awards at the state of Tennessee’s two major press competitions last weekend, including the state’s top award for investigative journalism.

Times-Gazette staff writer Brian Mosely received the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting at the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) awards banquet Saturday night. Mosely won for his five-part series about the influx of Somali refugees in Bedford County, Tenn. In all, the paper won five awards from TAPME in the category of newspapers with a daily circulation under 10,000.

“I’m really proud of Brian and the entire news team from last year,” John Philleo, editor of the Times-Gazette, said in a statement. “I am very fortunate to have inherited a staff that is capable of producing such high-caliber work. It’s not that we won the awards, but that we are providing our community with a level of quality journalism that deserves so much recognition from our peers. We do it for the community, not for the accolades.”

Former Times-Gazette Editor Kay Rose also won an award for spot news photography for her photograph of 8-year-old Christian Golczynski receiving the American flag from the casket of his father, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, who was killed in action in Iraq.

On Friday, the paper received 13 awards at the Tennessee Press Association’s award luncheon in its category of newspapers with a weekly circulation between 15,001 and 50,000. The honors included a first-place award for former staff writer Clint Confehr, who won for spot news coverage for his eyewitness account of the September 2007 execution of convicted murderer Daryl Holton.

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