Behind the Badge OC staff members took home seven awards, including four first-place honors, at the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Contest on Thursday night.
The awards, sponsored by the Orange County Press Club, were for stories and photographs published or posted in 2015. Behind the Badge OC launched in summer 2014.
Journalism professionals from outside Orange County, many out of state, judged the entries.
The awards, most in the digital/blogs category, were handed out May 26 at a dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach:
First Place, Best Lifestyle or Family Blog
Greg Hardesty, Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Lori Basheda
First Place, Best Feature Story
First Place, Best News Feature Story
First Place, Best News Photo
Second Place, Best Feature Story
Jaimee Lynn Fletcher
Second Place, Best News Story
Third Place, Best Slideshow