The APA announced Monday that The Star won first place for best advertising campaign and third place in the best niche publication category.
The Star won the best advertising campaign award for its Sunny King campaign. Patrick Stokesberry, lead designer for The Star, and Janet Miller, senior multimedia executive, were credited for the project. The campaign included reviews of vehicles by Miller and her husband.
"We just reviewed cars and did a his-and-her perspective and we had lots of pictures," Miller said.
Stokesberry said he was not surprised the campaign won.
“It was a very good idea from Janet ... it was her baby,” Stokesberry said.
The Star won the niche publication award for its Longleaf Style magazine. Stokesberry and Dollie Robinson, advertising manager, were credited in the award.
“I'm proud to be associated with it,” Stokesberry said. “It's been successful since the beginning.”
Longleaf began publication in 2006.
According to the APA, 35 newspapers submitted 1,036 entries for this year's contest. The entries were judged by the Kentucky Press Association.
The awards will be presented along with the Better Newspaper Contest awards on June 22 at the 2013 APA summer convention in Destin.
Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.