A long-term story about a 170-year-old Rowan County church rising from the ashes earned a first-place multimedia award for the Trail Blazer’s editor. 

Julianna Leach, a senior in Morehead State University’s convergent media program, won for her year-long coverage of Sardis Church, which burned down in 2016, but was rebuilt and now meets twice a year as a homecoming. 

Leach produced the story as a full convergent media package that was published in The Trail Blazer, the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Daily Independent and The Morehead News.

She also took third place in the featured picture category after spending a week on a tug on the Ohio River, and an honorable mention in the same category for her photographs of the Cynthiana fire chief who raises bird dogs.

Two others in leadership roles also won awards.

Brianna Robinson, the Trail Blazer’s multimedia editor won second place news photo story for her photographs of The Ride to the Wall.

Nacogdoches Miller, the Trail Blazer’s photo editor, won a general news photo award for an image while interning at The Winchester Sun of the fire department spraying water on over-heating kids, and he won an honorable mention for a portrait he made of a Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student warming up before a concert.