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Heel Prints wins award for best Content & Writing
Pakistan article written by site's founder also receives honor

Heel Prints (www.cb3media.com/heelprints) has won a national award for Web Content & Writing presented by the DC area-based Communications Concepts through its 2008 Awards for Publication Excellence contest.

Clifton Barnes, the catalyst behind the site, also picked up an APEX award of excellence in the News Writing category for an article he wrote titled "Loud & Clear: Bars Pledge Ongoing Support for Rule of Law in Pakistan." Barnes was able to make contact with key sources during a dangerous time for opponents of the military rule. The article was published in the American Bar Association's Bar Leader Magazine.

The Web site was one of five sites honored in the category and the only one based in North Carolina. In fact, of the more than 100 sites honored throughout North America in various Web site categories, Heel Prints was one of only five NC-based sites.

John De Lellis of Communications Concepts says with nearly 4,500 entries in various categories, the competition was intense. He says the award was based on excellence in writing, quality of content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness.

Judges said of the Pakistan piece, "A well-researched, powerfully written feature on a compelling topic, the article keeps the reader's attention from start to finish."

The Heel Prints Web site reviews and analyzes games played by the University of North Carolina basketball, baseball and football teams. Barnes, who was sports editor of the Daily Tar Heel school newspaper, has covered or followed the teams closely for 30 years.

Judges said of the Web site, "Interesting copy, written in an appealing personal voice, and using lively imagery to place the reader there. You really can't ask for much more in sports reporting.”

Barnes, who has now won more than 60 journalism awards, served as director of communications for the N.C. Bar Association from 1987 to 2002 and, before that, was a newspaper writer and editor. Today he is a freelance writer, editor and Web developer in Cary, NC.

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