Telegraph wins McClatchy President’s Award

Staff reportFebruary 5, 2014 

Smoldering egg cartons led to a major industrial fire that destroyed much of the Pactiv packaging plant on May 1, 2013. The Telegraph's breaking news coverage of the blaze on, Facebook, Twitter and GPB's WMUM earned a President's Award from the McClatchy Company. This video essay by Liz Fabian traces the fire's progression from wisps of smoke to raging inferno.


The Telegraph’s coverage of a south Bibb County packaging plant fire earned one of 12 McClatchy Co. President’s Awards, given for journalism excellence in 2013.

The fire at Pactiv Advanced Packaging Solutions in the early morning of May 1 destroyed the plant, which made egg cartons.

The coverage, led by reporter Liz Fabian, digital editor Ben Yoder and photographer Jason Vorhees, was a “textbook case” of how to deliver breaking news to readers, McClatchy said in a news release.

The judges praised the package that included a “steady stream of updates, photos, videos to the web, social media, radio and finally the paper.”

“Breaking news coverage today calls for speed, precision, accuracy and a multitude of skills,” the judges said. “This package had it all.”

Sherrie Marshall, The Telegraph’s executive editor, said, “We are proud of the superb individual efforts covering the Pactiv fire. This award is also recognition of The Telegraph’s strength in delivering news to readers however they want to receive it.”

Besides The Telegraph, McClatchy operates 29 other daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and The Charlotte Observer.

-- Staff report

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