Thursday, June 28, 2007
reaps MPA honors
The South Reporter won four awards in the 2006 Editorial Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were handed out last weekend during the Mississippi Press Association’s 141st Summer Convention. It was held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.
Two of the awards were first-place ones.
The South Reporter’s sports section was selected the best in the state among the largest circulation weekly newspapers. Honored were sports editor Claude Vinson, photographers Lawrence White and Ronnie Day and editor Barry Burleson.
“Good layout – excellent design,” the judges wrote.
White also won a first-place award in the Best Sports Feature Photo category. The photo was from the Holly Springs-Tupelo high school basketball game in January 2006 with a caption of “No hexing these Hawks.” It featured Clevin Hannah trying to throw the ball in-bounds while surrounded by the Golden Wave student section.
“Great job of capturing the moment. I love this photo,” the judges wrote.
Staff writer Sue Watson also won two awards.
She won third place in the Best Planned Series of Stories category. The stories focused on the new Cargill facility locating in Byhalia and other county growth.
Watson won honorable mention in the Best In-Depth/Investigative Coverage for her stories on the Morgan Shaw case.
The South Reporter competes in Weekly Division A – newspapers above 4,000 circulation. There are 27 newspapers in the category.
“It is always nice for our staff to be recognized for their hard work,” Burleson said. “Any awards are shared by everyone here at the newspaper and the community. It’s a team effort.”
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