Border Belt Independent wins 8 awards from NC Press Association

The Border Belt Independent won eight awards at the North Carolina Press Association’s annual ceremony on Thursday.

Editor Sarah Nagem, reporter Ivey Schofield and publisher Les High won individual awards.

In addition, Nagem won first place for Media and the Law Awards of Excellence, which is handed down by the N.C. Bar Association, for her story titled, “As North Carolina courts work through backlog, some counties don’t have enough lawyers.”

The BBI won four other first-place awards in the online division:

The BBI took home one second-place award in the online division:

The BBI took home two third-place awards in the online division:

Judging was based on entries published between March 1, 2022, and March 4, 2023.

The North Carolina Press Association, which is celebrating its 150th year, represents most community and daily newspapers across the state, as well as a growing number of online-only news organizations.

Border Belt Independent Editor Sarah Nagem, left, and Publisher Les High accepted eight awards from the N.C. Press Association on Aug. 24, 2023.