First place: Hurricane Matthew coverage, The Free Press, Kinston, North Carolina

Read online: Kinston may see major flooding

This is an impressive effort — both for the spotlight that it puts on the flood damage, the community impact and the way forward, and for the team approach to making it happen. Great use of resources.

Second place: Finger Lakes Gaming and Racing coverage, Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, New York
Third place: Staff, Wellsville Daily Reporter, Wellsville, New York