Ripley PR senior content specialists Joel Davis and Thomas Fraser received recognition for excellence in journalism during the annual East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press Card Awards.
The awards, announced April 30, acknowledge the best East Tennessee print, digital and broadcast journalism of 2016. A panel of judges in Florida selected the winning contest entries.
Fraser, who before joining Ripley was a staff writer for the weekly Knoxville Mercury, received a first-place award in the series/package division for his multi-part coverage of the wildfires that ravaged Sevier County in November 2016. He was also recognized for his contribution to the overall team coverage of the calamity.
Davis, a former staff writer for The Daily Times in Maryville, won a first-place award for investigative reporting. He and reporter Wes Wade reported extensively in multiple stories on inmate overcrowding at the Blount County Justice Center.
“Joel and Thomas are fantastic writers,” said Heather Ripley, CEO of Ripley PR. “Having their peers recognize the quality of their journalism really validates their work. To have two journalists with their experience on our team is a great value to our clients, as they not only know how to tell a story but also develop it in a way that connects and resonates with an audience. We’re proud to have them on our team.”
Ripley PR is a global B2B public relations firm in Maryville, Tenn.