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Inland Press Association honors The Wake Weekly

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The Wake Weekly has received national recognition for its reporting.

The Wake Weekly captured first place in “Investigative Reporting” among all small newspapers in the Inland Press Association’s 2019 Newsroom Contest, according to contest results released this month.

The entry consisted of a series of stories written by Wake Weekly reporter Shawn Taylor concerning the town of Youngsville saying public emails would cost $70,000 to obtain through records requests.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this newspaper and of Shawn for his work being recognized by a prestigious national news organization,” said The Wake Weekly Editor Logan Martinez. “We reported on an important topic that we felt our readers should know about, and I’m happy to see that national judges felt Shawn did an exemplary job of presenting the story.”

The stories comprising The Wake Weekly’s entry: “Town says public emails would cost $70K,” published July 12; and “Town’s email fee refined to $15K-$58K,” published July 26.

The annual contest is sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Journalism.

The Inland Press Association is a nonprofit newspaper trade group with more than 1,000 member publications in all 50 states, Canada and Bermuda.