"10 Seconds of Terror" wins honorable mention in EPPY awards

10 Seconds of Terror

Journalists from the Commercial Appeal, the Scripps newspaper in Memphis, spent six months talking with people affected by a deadly tornado in the town of Smithville, Miss.  They listened as they recounted their 10 seconds of terror, the haunting aftermath of the storm and what some described as the harrowing, heroic, even hallowed day that changed their lives and their small-town way of life.

 The Commercial Appeal’s web presentation for its story “10 Seconds of Terror” received an honorable mention in the 2012 Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards for “Best News or Event Feature on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over.”

The web presentation includes audio stories from the heroes and victims of the storm.  Alan Spearman, photojournalist at the Commercial Appeal, and Kristina Goetz, reporter at the Commerical Appeal worked together on the interviews with editing by Kevin Houston.

T10 seconds of terror photohe EPPYTM Awards, presented by Editor & Publisher, honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories. Now in its 17th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing Internet industry.

The winners of the 2012 EPPYTM Awards were announced on editorandpublisher.com, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

Entries in the EPPYTM Awards are judged by a panel of notable figures in the media industry, chosen by the staff of Editor & Publisher.

Take a few minutes to check out the Commercial Appeal's presentation.