Carolina Journal received three awards at the recent N.C. Press Association Annual Convention in Raleigh, winning honors the first time CJ has submitted entries in the publication’s 27-year history. 

Associate Editor Kari Travis collected two awards: First place in Election/Political Reporting for a story on juvenile justice reform moves in the General Assembly, “Raising age would give juvenile offenders a new start, supporters say.” 

She also won third place in News Enterprise Reporting for “Human trafficking gains legislature’s attention,” a series of stories about the General Assembly’s response to the sex trade. 

In opinion writing, Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson won first place in Editorials for a series of pieces titled “Underappreciated stories of the 2017 legislative session.” 

CJ’s entries all were in the Online Division of the 2017 NCPA News, Editorial, and Photojournalism competition and appeared at 

“Since its inception, Carolina Journal has been a beacon of dynamic, vital, and extraordinary journalism. Every day, we strive to make transparent the murky machinery of North Carolina state, county, and local government,” CJ President and Publisher Kory Swanson said. 

In 2016, judges from four state press associations reviewed nearly 4,000 entries from more than 100 N.C. publications. Journalists from Indiana judged the 2017 NCPA contest.

Read the raise-the-age entry from Kari Travis here.

Read the human trafficking entries from Kari Travis herehere, and here.

Read the CJ columns from Rick Henderson here, here, here, here, and here.

See the entire series at this link.