The Mississippi Business Journal won 14 awards, including eight first place awards and finished second in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at the IP Biloxi Resort and Casino.
The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division B category along with other mid-size weeklies. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2013.
Staff writer Ted Carter won a first place in the In-depth/Investigative Coverage category for his work on “Mississippi’s Tuscaloosa Marine Shale showing promise as a Texas wannabe,” a package of stories that outlined how drillers were enthusiastic about prospects in southwest Mississippi. The award marked the third time in the last four years the MBJ has won the Investigative category. It is Carter’s second consecutive win in the category.
Editor Ross Reily won a first place for Best Editorial Page and a first place for Editorial Writing, which included opinions on moving the Jackson Zoo and taking the Madison mayor and Tulane University to task of over Jackson State moving a campus to Madison.
MBJ staff writer Frank Brown won three first place awards: Best Graphic on Mississippi exports, Best Headline for a collection of work, and Best Feature Photo for a photo from the Bike Crossing showroom in Ridgeland.
McDill’s photographs and Clay Chandler’s writing combined to win the Best Picture-Story Combination for a business feature on the opening of Fondren Public.
Second and third place awards are listed below:
» Second Place — General Excellence — MBJ Staff
» Second Place — Best Planned series of stories — Ted Carter: “Mississippi’s Tuscaloosa Marine Shale showing promise as a Texas wannabe”
» Second Place — Best News Photo — Tacy Rayburn
» Second Place — Best Special Section — MBJ Staff
» Third Place — Best General News Story — Ted Carter
» Third Place — Best Special Section — MBJ staff