James Scogin, News-Graphic win two Communicator Awards in worldwide competition

For documentary on ‘Leader of the Pack’ about Scott County basketball coach Billy Hicks

From Georgetown News-Graphic staff reports


James Scogin

James Scogin and the Georgetown News-Graphic won two Communicator Awards for a documentary of former Scott County High School coach Billy Hicks. The awards are part of the 25th Annual Communicator Awards and are presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

The documentary, “Leader of the Pack,” received Award of Excellence Awards for Film/Video- Sports and for Film/Video-Documentary. Scogin wrote and filmed much of the documentary which focused on Hicks and his career at SCHS. Hicks retired this year as Kentucky’s winningest high school basketball coach and one of the nation’s winningest high school basketball coaches.

“I am excited to receive two Communicator Awards this year in the Film/Video/Television category under sports and documentary,” Scogin, videographer and photographer for the News-Graphic. “It is an honor to be recognized alongside so many other creatives. Everyone (at the News-Graphic) worked hard to bring ‘Leader of the Pack’ to Scott County and beyond.

“This award is one step forward for the possibilities of newspapers and what they can achieve.”

Over 6,000 entries worldwide, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Among other winners of the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence include ESPN Films, Forbes Media, PepsiCo and WWE.

“We are extremely proud to recognize the work in the 25th Annual Communicator Awards,” said Derek Howard, director of the AIVA. “On behalf of the Academy, I’d like to applaud the entrants this season for their dedication to producing outstanding content as they continue to push the envelope of creativity.”


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