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MBJ staff writer Frank Brown won a first place awards for Best Graphic on the history of the Mississippi Banking Association. On the graphics winner, the judges said, " Love it! This is very easy to read and really works. The readership must have been very happy with these pages.

MBJ wins General Excellence, 25 awards in MPA newspaper contest; 5 more at APME

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Editor Ross Reily and Production Manager Tacy Rayburn won a first place for Best Web Page as the two teamed to rebuild the MBJ site and make it more user friendly. The judges commented, ” If you visit this site for information, there is no shortage of from the first landing page through. Wel organized, very businesslike.

The Mississippi Business Journal won 25 awards, including seven first place awards and finished first in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in New Orleans at the Loew’s Hotel as part of the joint convention with the Louisiana Press Association. The MBJ won five more awards, including three first place at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Awards earlier in the day.

The 30 total awards is the most ever by the Mississippi Business Journal in one year.

The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division C category along with other mid-size weeklies in the MPA contest. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2014.

“We’re honored by this recognition,” said MBJ editor Ross Reily. “Considering the excellent competition in our division, our small staff size and our niche status as the state’s only business weekly, these awards are very gratifying.”

Staff writer Ted Carter won a first place in the spot news category for his work on Sanderson Plumbing set to lay off three quarters of its 230-person workforce, a story that details how a dozen years ago, Sanderson Plumbing Products was Columbus’ largest manufacturing employer with more than 1,000 workers, but now lower product pricing attributed to Chinese competitors forced the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Editor Ross Reily and Production Manager Tacy Rayburn won a first place for Best Web Page as the two teamed to rebuild the MBJ site and make it more user friendly. The judges commented, ” If you visit this site for information, there is no shortage of it from the first landing page throughout. Well organized, very businesslike.”

Reily and Rayburn also won a first place for the MBJ website in the APME contest.

MBJ staff writer Frank Brown won two first place awards: One for Best Graphic on the history of the Mississippi Banking Association and another for Best Sports Story for Taylor, Blair E. Batson are event’s big winners, a story that looked into the the relocation of the state’s PGA golf tournament, The Sanderson Farms Classic, to the Country Club of Jackson. On the graphics winner, the judges said, ” Love it! This is very easy to read and really works. The readership must have been very happy with these pages.”

Brown also won a first place for the Taylor, Blair E. Batson are event’s big winners in the APME contest as well as a first place in the APME for layout and design.

Wally Northway won for Best Feature Story for ‘Honesty Pays’: Stevens and Ward’s ad campaign gets attention in which the judges commented “Very well written story on attorneys and advertising on TV. Something that’s usually a lethally boring combination. But with a touch of humor from them and from the author, it became a winner.”

Political writer David Dallas won for Best General Interest Column for a collection of columns, that included Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful; Mission: Hemp Possible and Big money, college football and your vote. The judges remarked, “These columns are varied and not totally personal in nature. This represents what a good general columnist should strive to create.”

Second, third place and honorable mention awards are listed below:

» Second Place — Best Spot News — Jack Weatherly

» Second Place — Best Investigative Reporting — Ted Carter

» Second Place — Commentary Column — Ross Reily

» Second Place — Best Planned Series — Ted Carter

» Second Place — Best Editorial — MBJ Staff

» Second Place — Best Sports Story — Becky Gillette

» Second Place — Best Front Page — Ross Reily, Tacy Rayburn and Frank Brown

» Second Place — Best Headline — Frank Brown

» Second Place — Best Graphic — Frank Brown

» Second Place — Best News Photo — Frank Brown

» Third Place — Best Investigative Reporting — Ted Carter

» Third Place — Best Planned Series — Frank Brown

» Third Place — Best General Interest Column — Ross Reily

» Third Place — Best Commentary Column — David Dallas

» Third Place — Best Graphic — Frank Brown

» Honorable Mention — Best Photo Series — Sarah Dill Reily

» Honorable Mention — Best Commentary Column — Alan Turner

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Second and third place awards from APME are listed below:

» Second Place — Best Headline — Frank Brown

» Third Place — Best Investigative Reporting — Ted Carter

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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