Mississippi Business Journal wins 5 APME awards

April 15, 2013

Business

Moog MasterThe Mississippi Business Journal won five awards during the weekend in the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors newspaper contest.

Staff writer Stephen McDill captured a first-place in feature writing for “Moog Master,” a story on Madison engineer Bill Hemsath who invented the Minimoog, a first-generation modern synthesizer.

Staff writer Clay Chandler took a second place in sports enterprise writing for his story on “The cost of losing,” which focused on the impact of the University of Southern Mississippi’s winless football season.

Staff writer Ted Carter won third place for a collection of personal columns.

In the online competition, the Mississippi Business Journal took second place for best web page, and second place for the best blog — the business blog.

Contest entries were from newspapers in both Mississippi and Louisiana for work published in 2012. The awards were announced during a banquet at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The Mississippi Business Journal was the only Mississippi weekly competing in the division.

The Mississippi Business Journal competed in Division II, which are mid-size papers like the Natchez Democrat and Greenwood Commonwealth.

The complete list of winners:

DIVISION I

— Spot News: 1. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Severe Weather;” 2. Lauren Sloan, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Fire destroys fraternity house;” 3. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “SPD discovers neighboring meth labs.”

— General News: 1. Brian Trahan, Southwest Daily News, “Jindal armed for legislative battle over education reform;” 2. Taylor Aswell, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Census appealed;” 3. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Scam Busted.”

— Features: 1. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “A navy pilot lost;” 2. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Flair for the dramatic;” 3. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Longtime Westlake teacher to celebrate 100th birthday.”

— Business: 1. Laura Sloan, The Ruston Daily Leader, “New to you;” 2. Lacey Sharp, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Many new jobs coming to parish;” 3. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Sweets for Ruston.”

— Continuing Coverage: 1. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Legislators sound off on education bills; School board votes to join lawsuit; Parish to lose 30 teacher spots to voucher program; New Living Word ready for kids; Local leaders react to ruling;” 2. Lacey Sharp, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Town eyes saggy pants ban; Weighing in on saggy pants; Reviewing indecent exposure;” 3. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “School board discusses case; Updates on the horizon; SB plans revealed; Desegregation plan chosen; A new era for elementary schools.”

— Public/Community Service: 1. Heather Regan White, Southwest Daily News, “Synthetic Scourge;” 2. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Building a ‘no-kill’ animal shelter; 4 Paws needs some pals; 4 Paws shelter design released.”

— Investigative: 1. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Chamber asks for pause on zoning.”

— Spot Sports: 1. O.K. Davis, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Believe it: No bowl for Bulldogs;” 2. O.K. Davis, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Tech makes move to C-USA;” 3. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Going, Going, Gone..”

— Sports Enterprise/Feature: 1. O.K. Davis, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Goree: A shining moment for RJHS player;” 2. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Battle on the bayou;” 3. O.K. Davis, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Carr defied odds to reach state Hall.”

— Sports Columns: 1. O.K. Davis, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Phil Robertson found calling as duck guru; Roaf omission on all-time list tough to believe; ‘Cajun Cannon': no telling what he might do.”

— Editorials: 1. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Help the LPSB continue to lower dropout rates; Locals work to preserve rights; Ruling validate school board’s voucher suit;” 2. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Help shape future of city of Ruston; Take advantage of early voting; Protect kids from predators.”

— Personal Columns: 1. Brian Trahan, Southwest Daily News, “Different beat;” 2. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “The importance of vote casting; Troupe Dixie good for Ruston; Look out for bullying;” 3. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “Baker: I’m for segregated school buses. by age; Baker: Office of constituent services unnecessary; Baker: What ya rushin’ for?”

— Headlines: 1. Brian Trahan, Southwest Daily News, “Elbow Grease; The EagleApp has landed; Cane Do Attitude;” 2. Lacey Sharp, The Ruston Daily Leader, “New to you; More bang for a buck; Revving up holiday joy;” 3. Elizabeth DeGrie, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Working for smiles; Crawfish for babies; The taste of giving back.”

— Layout and Design: 1. Brian Trahan, Southwest Daily News.

— Spot News Photo: 1. Lacey Sharp, The Ruston Daily Leader, “One-car crash on I-20;” 2. Taylor Aswell, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Ruston Fire Department responds to debris fire;” 3. Laura Sloan, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Demolishing old Temple Baptist.”

— General News Photo: 1. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “Paying Respect: Family, friends remember life of local marine;” 2. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “Fishing for.watermelons!;” 3. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “223rd Engineer Battalion Returns to West Point.”

— Sports Action Photo: 1. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Teamwork in Action;” 2. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Tors win 6th straight Parish Championship;” 3. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “3A Rams down 5A Broncos 34-24.”

— Sports Feature Photo: 1. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Swamped for Autographs;” 2. Rodrick Anderson, Southwest Daily News, “Special Event.”

— Feature Photo: 1.Lisa Kennedy, Southwest Daily News, “National Night Out;” 2. Susan Kyle, Southwest Daily News, “Slimed;” 3. Lisa Kennedy, Southwest Daily News, “Stars & Stripes.”

— Illustration: 1. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “223rd Engineer Battalion Returns to West Point;” 2. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Sticker Shock;” 3. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “One Year Later.”

— Multipicture: 1. Rodrick Anderson and Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “Battle on the Bayou;” 2. Taylor Aswell and Laura Sloan, The Ruston Daily Leader, “Streets packed to honor sailor;” 3. Elizabeth DeGrie and Laura Sloan, The Ruston Daily Leader, “A sweet visit to downtown Ruston.”

— Portrait/Personality: 1. Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader, “The time is ripe;” 2. Bryan Davis, Daily Times Leader, “Live and in person: Todd Green to perform Saturday night;” 3. Marilyn Monroe, Southwest Daily News, “World Traveler.”

— Website: 1. Staff, Southwest Daily News, “www.sulphurdailynews.com.”

DIVISION II

— Spot News: 1. Emily Lane and Vershal Hogan, The Natchez Democrat, “Prison riot leaves one dead, others injured; Families wait to hear the news;” 2. Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet, “‘Horrific Crime’ Mother, two children found dead;” 3. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “Gloster mill burns.”

— General News: 1. Charlie Smith, Greenwood Commonwealth, “Turner offers no last words;” 2. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “Bad bugs;” 3. Matthew Albright, Daily Comet, “Season Finalie/Alligator season ends well despite Isaac.”

— Features: 1. Stephen McDill, Mississippi Business Journal, “Moog Master;” 2. Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet, “What’s the future of the local dialect?;” 3. Kris Johnson, Daily Comet, “Mascots say characters become part of who they are.”

— Business: 1. Charlie Smith and Bob Darden, Greenwood Commonwealth, “Viking: 25 years; Viking visionary; Extreme makeover;” 2. Jennifer Larino, New Orleans CityBusiness, “Hollygrove neighbors target alcohol outlets; owners defend turf;” 3. Ben Meyers, New Orleans CityBusiness, “New law would allow Jefferson to skirt nepotism rules for hospital hiring.”

— Continuing Coverage: 1. Alyssa Schnugg, The Oxford Eagle, “Sharing the Road – Bike safety in Oxford;” 2. Cara Bayles and Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet, “Oil spill aftermath;” 3. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “Trial begins in Carter death; Accomplice testifies; Cowart ID’d as mastermind; Informant gives clues; Murder: Not Guilty Robbery: Guilty.”

— Public/Community Service: 1. Tim Kalich, Greenwood Commonwealth, “Ethics Commission sides with paper; CHEATING?;” 2. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “A mighty boom; Not quiet anymore; On the fringe;” 3. Emily Lane, The Natchez Democrat, “Reading, writing & sex?”

— Investigative: 1. Vershal Hogan, The Natchez Democrat, “How does county travel stack up?;” 2. Ben Myers, New Orleans CityBusiness, “Bajoie;” 3. Xerxes Wilson, Daily Comet, “Floating Taxes; Oilfield boats help fuel government coffers.”

— Spot Sports: 1. Tim Kalich, Greenwood Commonwealth, “GHS parents miffed about closed practice;” 2. Sean Isabella, Enterprise-Journal; “One to remember;” 3. Justin Whitmore, The Natchez Democrat, “Breaking through.”

— Sports Enterprise/Feature: 1. Justin Whitmore and Michael Kerekes, The Natchez Democrat, “Paying the price;” 2. Clay Chandler, Mississippi Business Journal, “The cost of losing;” 3. Charlie Smith, Greenwood Commonwealth, “Blazing a trail.”

— Sports Columns: 1. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “Deer nose bots, beaver dams and trap restrictions;” 2. Ernest Herndon, Enterprise-Journal, “Possums part of life in southwest Mississippi;” 3. Teddy Renois, Daily Comet, “Nicholls missing the point; LSU’s offense has limitations; Disappointed in the Colonels.”

— Editorials: 1. Julie Cooper, The Natchez Democrat, “City shouldn’t gamble on casino deals; Public deserves NRMC details; Roads should be paved on routine plan;” 2. Staff, The Natchez Democrat, “Debate wasn’t very presidential; You may wait three days to kiss your bride?; Luck won’t fix La. budget woes;” 3. Tim Kalich, Greenwood Commonwealth; “Bryant should have shown mercy; Peoples’ paperwork looks mighty funny; Apathy as bad as possible cheating.”

— Personal Columns: 1. Michael Gorman, Daily Comet, “Outstanding?; Better than it could have been; Who likes welfare? Get in line;” 2. Tim Kalich, Greenwood Commonwealth, “Didn’t think Arnold had murder in him; Cheaters: No other way to read numbers; That Mysterious Margie;” 3. Ted Carter, Mississippi Business Journal, “There you have it.”

— Headlines: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “From bad to Goods; Tattoo parlor idea out of ink; It’s sew good;” 2. Staff, Daily Comet, “State of Emergency; Fishing for Answers; Can direct marketing save local shrimpers?; Jungle dog seeks bayou home;” 3. Staff, Daily Comet, “Tiger Tamed; Who Dat lost a bet?; Local moviegoers satisfy appetite for ‘Hunger Games’.”

— Layout and Design: 1. Staff, New Orleans CityBusiness, “Crime;” 2. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Up in Flames; Red, White and BBQ; Road Repair Rage;” 3. Julie Cooper and Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “One Last Flight; Forgotten History; Ready and Waiting.”

— Spot News Photo: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Malt Shop Crash;” 2. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “5 kids safe after fire;” 3. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “Recovery begins.”

— General News Photo: 1. Lauren Wood, The Natchez Democrat, “Graduation tears”; 2. Bruce Newman, The Oxford Eagle, “We Are One”; 3. Lauren Wood, The Natchez Democrat, “A glowing good time.”

— Sports Action Photo: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Laying down on the job;”. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “A different story;” 3. Andy Lo, Greenwood Commonwealth, “OT win keeps Valley perfect in the SWAC.”

— Sports Feature Photo: 1. Bruce Newman, The Oxford Eagle, “TITLE;” 2. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Getting a leg up;” 3. Lauren Wood, The Natchez Democrat, “A time to bond.”

— Feature Photo: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “When will it be over?;” 2. Lauren Wood, The Natchez Democrat, “Ssssssnakes;” 3. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “Dairy delights.”

— Illustration: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Flu business;” 2. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “2012 Football;” 3. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Budget Squeeze.”

— Multipicture: 1. Lauren Wood, The Natchez Democrat, “Baby Malone;” 2. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “Ride ‘em.cowboy?;” 3. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “Rescuing Camila.”

— Portrait/Personality: 1. Ben Hillyer, The Natchez Democrat, “A leap above the rest;” 2. Lauren Woods, The Natchez Democrat, “The acting bug;” 3. Philip Hall, Enterprise-Journal, “Doing more with less.”

— Website: 1. Ross Lapeyrouse, Daily Comet, “Bayou Preps;” 2. Staff, Mississippi Business Journal, “Web page;” 3. Ross Lapeyrouse, Daily Comet, “South Louisiana Brides.”

— Online Package: 1. Ross Lapeyrouse, Daily Comet, “Neighborhood Storm Watch;” 2. Ross Lapeyrouse, Daily Comet, “Bayou Gourmet;” 3. Ross Lapeyrouse, Daily Comet, “Christmas Lights Map.”

— Best blog: 1. Patrick Ochs, The Oxford Eagle, “Ole Miss reclaims Egg Bowl;” 2. Stephen McDill, Mississippi Business Journal, “Business Blog.”

DIVISION III

— Spot News: 1. Clair Taylor, Amanda McElfresh and Megan Wyatt, The Daily Advertiser, “Lavergne pleads guilty;” 2. Chris Kieffer, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Auditor: Thweat embezzled;” 3. Pamela Hitchins, The Vicksburg Post, “School fight locks down Vicksburg High.”

— General News: 1. Chris Kieffer, Emily Le Coz, J.B. Clark and Floyd Ingram, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Yes, we’re coming back;” 2. Eric Heisig, The Courier, “Tensions Simmer: Houma neighborhood criticizes policing;” 3. Taylor Prejean, American Press, “LaFuria case unresolved.”

— Features: 1. Carmen Sisson, The Commercial Dispatch, “A promise kept: Columbus native returns home to honor parents;” 2. April Havens, The Mississippi Press, “At the Cross;” 3. Megan Wyatt, The Daily Advertiser, “Waiting for justice.”

— Business: 1. Nikki Buskey, The Courier, “Hoping for a Comeback: Some oysters not regrowing post-spill;”; 2. Cara Bayles, The Courier, “Treading Water: Charter fishermen continue to struggle after oil spill;” 3. Dennis Seid and Carlie Kollath, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Toyota: Year 1 – Blue Springs workers ‘build good product’.”

— Continuing Coverage: 1. Nikki Buskey, Katie Urbaszewski, Matthew Albright, Lex Wilson, Kris Johnson, Chris Singleton, Kelly McElroy, Jacob Browning; Shane Thibodaux, Mike Hill, Keith Magill, Teddy Renois and Brent St. Germain, The Courier, “Hurricane Isaac;” 2. Nikki Buskey, Cara Bayles and Jeremy Alford, The Courier, “Charity Hospital budget cuts;” 3. Emily Le Coz and Patsy Brumfield, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Tupelo gets OK on annexation; ‘We are ready'; Annexation costs top $1.5 million; Water, sewer will take time; It’s official: annexation in effect.”

— Public/Community Service: 1. Jesse Bass, Hattiesburg American, “Repeat offenders: Inmates freed early; Back behind bars; Suspect has history with MDOC;” 2. Robert Zullo, Dee Dee Thurston, Eric Heisig, and Katie Urbaszewski, The Courier, “Sheriff’s overspending;” 3. Amanda McElfresh and Megan White, The Daily Advertiser, “Making Schools Better.”

— Investigative: 1. Claire Taylor, The Daily Advertiser, “Openness lacking in OWI cases;” 2. Eric Heisig, The Courier, “Bayou Cane records missing;” 3. Ed Kemp, Hattiesburg American, “USM eyeing contracts.”

— Spot Sports: 1. Tim Doherty, Ed Kemp, Stan Caldwell, Jason Munz, Hattiesburg American, “Johnson out after 1st season; 2012 a year of change for Southern Miss; Southern Miss timeline; Johnson show the door; USM fans express delight over firing;” 2. Brad Locke, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Rick Stansbury leaves MSU;” 3. Ernest Bowker, The Vicksburg Post, “End of the line Vicksburg players despondent after suspensions end season.”

— Sports Enterprise/Feature: 1. Alex Hickey, American Press, “Call Waiting;” 2. Jason Munz, Hattiesburg American, “Lee gives Perry Central everything he’s got; ” 3. Bob Tompkins, The Town Talk, “Free from drug addiction, former Menard High star returns to baseball.”

— Sports Columns: 1. Chris Singleton, The Courier, “My favorite hero; Colonels still believing; Big hire coming for HLB;” 2. Steve Wilson, The Vicksburg Post, “Caruthers shows incredible courage in tourney win;” 3. John Pitts, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Security now always.”

— Editorials: 1. Sean P. Murphy, The Vicksburg Post, “Our Opinion;” 2. Ken Stickney, American Press, “Welsh police; Money fine; Calcasieu board;” 3. Slim Smith, The Commercial Dispatch, “When a child is sexually assaulted.; Can we send them to bed without dessert?; The end is near, but keep reading.”

— Personal Columns: 1. Slim Smith, The Commercial Dispatch, “Three miles in Savely’s Shoes; Spears has much to learn; Allgood’s 60 percent;” 2. Lloyd Gray, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “All Mississippi shares legacy of that night; Where are the fathers?; Strong words, huge divide;” 3. Sean P. Murphy, The Vicksburg Post.

— Headlines: 1. Stacey Henson, The News-Star, “TOPS may have hit bottom; Farmers donate cotton to plan; US 165 noted as arterial hemorrhage;” 2. Staff, The Courier, “Crabbers feeling the pinch; Shell-Shocked Oyster takes hit from Hurricane Isaac; Up in Arms Local gun sales blasting off;” 3. Keith Magill, The Courier, “Lion Tamers; Generation Text; Cajun Justice. or injustice.”

— Layout and Design: 1. Emily B. Clark, The Vicksburg Post, “Topic and Sports;” 2. Scott Lester, The News-Star, “Nov. 4; Nov. 7; Dec. 19;” 3 Donna Price, American Press, “Mix & Match; Couche Couche; Poptails.”

— Spot News Photo: 1. Ryan Moore, Hattiesburg American, “Jail escapee captured near Gordon’s Creek;” 2. C. Todd Sherman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Drive Through Post Office;” 3. C. Todd Sherman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Home Destroyed.”

— General News Photo: 1. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Welcome Home;” 2. Arely Castillo, The News-Star, “Remembering;” 3. Melanie Thortis, The Vicksburg Post, “First Day Back.”

— Sports Action Photo: 1. C. Todd Sherman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Facemask;” 2. Karen Wink, American Press, “St. Louis pitcher Garrett Harless;” 3. Rick Hickman, American Press, “McNeese State cornerback Guy Morgan.”

— Sports Feature Photo: 1. Ryan Moore, Hattiesburg American, “HHS comes up short;” 2. Eli Baylis, The Vicksburg Post, “Prep Softball;” 3. Deste Lee, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “The ref is Safe!!!”

— Feature Photo: 1. Eli Baylis, The Vicksburg Post, “Storm due here today;” 2. Eli Baylis, The Vicksburg Post, “30 in 412th head to Afghanistan;” 3. Ryan Moore, Hattiesburg American, “Best photos of 2012.”

— Illustration: 1. Paul Barry, The Vicksburg Post, “50 Years of Red Carpet Bowls;” 2. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Cybercrimes;” 3. Deste Lee, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Super Bowl battles Sunday worship.”

— Multipicture: 1. Karen Wink, American Press, “For the love of square dancing;” 2. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “A new beginning;” 3. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “288th Welcome Home.”

— Portrait/Personality: 1. C. Todd Sherman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Haunted Theatre;” 2. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Olympic Shooter;” 3. Thomas Wells, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “The Mighty Quinn.”

— Website: 1. Fred Phillips, The News-Star, “thenewsstar.com;” 2. Todd Vinyard and Staff, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “djournal.com;” 3. Ross Lapeyrouse, The Courier, “HoumaToday.com.”

— Online Package: 1. Ashley Withers and Karen Wink, American Press, “Remembering Audrey;” 2. Staff, Hattiesburg American, “Football Guide 2012;” 3. Ross Lapeyrouse, The Courier, “Sports Statistics.”

— Best blog: 1. Carlie Kollath and Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, “Biz Buzz;” 2. Lici Beveridge, Hattiesburg American, “Making Social Media Social;” 3. Jim Beam, American Press, “Politics and People.”

DIVISION IV

— Spot News: 1. Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune, “Plaquemines sheriff swept away, saved in dramatic Hurricane Isaac rescue;” 2. Koran Addo and Mark Ballard, The Advocate, “LSU board fires Lombardi; Lombardi known as blunt, at times abrasive;” 3. Ruth Ingram, Dustin Barnes, Emily Lane, Geoff Pender and Terricha Bradley-Phillips, The Clarion-Ledger, “Small Plane Crashes into Home in Jackson.”

— General News: 1. Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune, “Swampy fires festering on New Orleans’ edge may take months to lay low;” 2. Jimmie E. Gates and Alex McDaniel, The Clarion-Ledger, “Church closes door to couple;” 3. Faimon Roberts III, The Advocate, “St. Helena mired in strip club battle.”

— Features: 1. Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune, “Abandoned pet cemetery has eerie, murderous past;” 2. Robert Stewart, The Advocate, “Death of exchange student painful 20 years later;” 3. Alison Fensterstock, The Times-Picayune, “Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and the Thunder Band re-ignite classic Louisiana blues.”

— Business: 1. Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune, “Crisis looms for state pensions; Funding gap is staggering;” 2. Skip Descant, The Advocate, “Bringing relief to food deserts;” 3. Skip Descant, The Advocate, “High crime rate bad for business.”

— Continuing Coverage: 1. Jessica Bakeman and Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger, “Barbour pardons;” 2. David Mitchell, The Advocate, “Sinkhole forms near site of bayou bubbles;” 3. Naomi Martin, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune, “Chelsea Thornton, accused of murdering her two children, wanted to go back to mental hospital, friend says.”

— Public/Community Service: 1. Andrew Vanacore, Mark Waller, Sarah Garland and Sarah Carr, The Times-Picayune, “Grading the grader;” 2. Kimberly Vetter, Greg Garland, Robert Stewart and Naomi Martin, The Advocate, “A Community at Risk;” 3. Geoff Pender, Sun Herald, “World Travelers; Hundreds of state workers from at least 42 agencies have traveled abroad.”

— Investigative: 1. Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger, “Prescription Painkillers: Man-made Epidemic;” 2. Karen Nelson, John Fitzhugh, Paul Hampton, Anita Lee and Michael Newsom, Sun Herald, “Mississippi Department of Marine Resources investigation;” 3. Brian Eason, The Clarion-Ledger, “H2Oh, gross.”

— Spot Sports: 1. Lyons Yellin, The Times-Picayune, “St. Augustine rides Leonard Fournette to 40-14 victory over St. Thomas More;” 2. Perryn Keys, The Advocate, “Robinson’s record ‘gray area’ for Grambling;” 3. Jim Kleinpeter, The Times-Picayune, “LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu dismissed for failed drug test, source says.”

— Sports Enterprise/Feature: 1. Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, ” Five reasons LSU should leave the Southeastern Conference & Actually, on second thought.;” 2. Lyons Yellin, The Times-Picayune, “New Orleanian Audrey ‘Mickey’ Patterson-Tyler’s Olympic achievement was greatly unnoticed;” 3. Jim Kleinpeter, The Times-Picayune, “Former LSU basketball player Stanley Roberts to receive diploma after long, hard journey.”

— Sports Columns: 1. Sheldon Mickles, The Advocate, “Smart’s shot still fresh in his mind; N.O. appeal likely to fall on deaf ears; With fines issued time to move on;” 2. Rod Walker, The Clarion-Ledger, “A story line far bigger than a game; Northeast Lauderdale girl has this kicking things down PAT; Dandy Dozen ’12: Life’s Lessons;” 3. Perryn Keys, The Advocate, “Calipari finally gets his title; ‘Doc’ chooses tassle over cap Friday; A worthy honor for Lou Broc.”

— Editorials: 1. Paul Hampton, Sun Herald, “Mr. Hood, the boss will see you now; Rats, Louisiana!; Time to cut losses;” 2. Lanny Keller, The Advocate, “Please, mister, hit me again; A new era of failure; New cuts, but same old Jindal;” 3. Tony Biffle, Sun Herald, “Pardoning process needs more transparency; Expedite the withdrawal of our troops; Say no to the ‘just say no’ sex education.”

— Personal Columns: 1. Jarvis DeBerry, The Times-Picayune; 2. Bob Anderson, The Advocate, “Tough cop fought last round; Fugitive penguin brings joy in journey; Gold knifes’ worth found in memories”; 3. Alison Fensterstock, The Times-Picayune.

— Headlines: 1. Phil Womack, The Advocate “Garage plan parked; Privatization suggestion fails to gain traction; Panda-monium; ‘Dawn’ to Dusk ‘Twi-hards slake thirst at marathon;” 2. Lori Tucker, The Advocate, “Let the lawmaking begin; Sun shines on Earth Day; Offenders pay up to stay put;” 3. Edie White, The Advocate, “Animal restraint laws bite back; Feliciana nature lovers abuzz over tiny birds; BREC to pull plug on pools.”

— Layout and Design: 1. Jay Martin, The Advocate, “8/26/12; 11/3/12; 12/31/12;” 2. Leila Pitchford-English, The Advocate, “6/7/12; 8/9/12; 12/15/12;” 3. Lauren Walck, Sun Herald, “1a 3/22/12; 8/5/12; 8/9/12.”

— Spot News Photo: 1. Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune; “Five-year-old shot during birthday party;” 2. Scott Threlkeld, The Advocate, “Rescue Scene;” 3. Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune, “Flood Walk.”

— General News Photo: 1. Ted Jackson, The Times-Picayune, “Soldier’s goodbye;” 2. Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune, “Uncle Lionel’s funeral;” 3. Douglas Collier, The Times, “Black Friday.”

— Sports Action Photo: 1. Travis Spradling, The Advocate, “Highly unusual;” 2. Bill Feig, The Advocate, “Legs;” 3. Greg Jenson, The Clarion-Ledger, “Photo Finish.”

— Sports Feature Photo: 1. Henrietta Wildsmith, The Times, “Fumble;” 2. Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune, “National Champions;” 3. Jim Hudelson, The Times, ” Bright Future.”

— Feature Photo: 1. Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune, “Lightning Flower;” 2. Ted Jackson, The Times-Picayune, “Eye of newt;” 3. David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune, “Bridge Biking.”

— Illustration: 1. Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger, “Teen Suicide;” 2. Barbara Gauntt, The Clarion-Ledger, “Sparkling Melon.”

— Multipicture: 1. David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune, “Hurricane Isaac hits south Louisiana;” 2. John Fitzhugh, Sun Herald, “The MMA Event;” 3. Travis Spradling, The Advocate, “Taking care of Baba.”

— Portrait/Personality: 1. David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune, “Jack White Sunday Voodoo Fest 2012;” 2. David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune, “The wait staff at Commanders Palace 2012 fall dining guide;” 3. Travis Spradling, The Advocate, “Pets reduce stress at work.”

— Website: 1. Mike Wilson, The Advocate, “http://theadvocate.com.”

— Online Package: 1. Kevin McQuarn, The Advocate, “Living Interracial;” 2. Prescotte Stokes III, Chris Granger and Mark Lorando, The Times-Picayune, “Miracle on St. Claude Avenue: All Souls Church and Community Center is a gift to 9th Ward children.”

— Best blog: 1. Brandon Marcello, The Clarion-Ledger, “Mississippi State Sports Blog;” 2. Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion-Ledger, “Ole Miss Blog;” 3. Scott Rabalais and Les East, The Advocate, “Tiger Tracks.”

COLLEGE

— Features: 1. Allison East, The Tech talk, “Recounting the memories with Reneau;” 2. Sealy Smith, The Daily Mississippian, “‘Hitt’ too hard: Corporal punishment in public schools;” 3. Michelle Holowach, Student Printz, “Student to perform at Carnegie Hall.”

— Breaking/Spot News: 1. Mary Margaret Halford, Student Printz, “Five shot at local restaurant Monday;” 2. Brian Sibille, The Daily Reveille, “Arrest made within 48 hours of bomb threat;” 3. Mary Margaret Halford, Student Printz, “One injured in attack on campus, no arrests made.”

— Enterprise/Investigative: 1. Kevin Thibodeaux, The Daily Reveille, “LSU buildings not up to code;” 2. Xerxes Wilson, The Daily Reveille, “LSU System official draws six-figure salary from Law Center despite not teaching for seven years;” 3. Justin Madden, The Gramblinite, “Suspension creates backlash; Orchesis in crisis.”

— Breaking/Spot Sports: 1. Edie Talley, The Driftwood, “Southland Conference a will for UNO athletics;” 2. Karl Gommel, The Maroon, “Volleyball storming to a good start;” 3. Chandler Rome, The Daily Reveille, “Matheiu, Jefferson, Hatcher, Bryant taken into custody for drug possession.”

— Feature/Enterprise Sports: 1. Luke Johnson, The Daily Reveille, “Evolution of a football player;” 2. Hassani Grayson, The Maroon, “Volleyball pulls out the big guns;” 3. DeRon Talley, The Hawkeye, “Shape Up.”

— Feature Photos: 1. Emi McIntyre, The Hawkeye, “Travelling Vietnam Wall visits Chennault;” 2. Susan Broadbridge, Student Printz, “Sorority Bid Day;” 3. Wadner Pierre, The Maroon, “Loyola takes back the night.”

— Sports Photos: 1. Taylor Balkom, The Daily Reveille, “Landry catch;” 2. Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, The Tech Talk, “The Tech rugby team huddles together during a daily practice;” 3. Daniel Russell, The Hawkeye, “Business as usual.”

— Spot/Breaking News Photos: 1. Catherine Threlkeld, The Daily Reveille, “Student hit by car on campus;” 2. Catherine Threlkeld, The Daily Reveille, “Tyrann Matheiu arrested;” 3. Xerxes Wilson, The Daily Reveille, “Brother Jed.”

— Personal Columns: 1. Danielle Savage, The Gramblinite, “Life’s changes meant to be;” 2. Edie Talley, The Driftwood, “Diversity: Leading by example;” 3. Shelby DeSoto, The Hawkeye, “Awareness more than just ribbons.”

— Editorials: 1. Phil McCausland, The Daily Mississippian, “We Cannot Disregard Our History and Our Responsibility;” 2. Editorial Board, The Daily Reveille, “One hour and 20 minutes is a lie, Monday a failure;” 3. Staff, The Maroon, “University Response to threat raises questions.”

— Layout & Design: 1. Kirsten Romaguera, The Daily Reveille, “Feb. 23; Jan. 18; Oct. 29;” 2. Rebecca Spence, The Tech Talk, “The Road to Poinsettia Bowl; Getting the Job Done; Me and My Big;” 3. Emily Roland, The Daily Mississippian, “Three Daily Mississippian cover designs.”

— Web site: 1. Bryan Stewart and Andrea Gallo, The Daily Reveille, “The Daily Reveille;” 2. Chad Merritt, The Tech Talk, “The Tech Talk;” 3. Staff, The Lion’s Roar, “www.lionsroarnews.com.”

— General Excellence: 1. Andrea Gallo, The Daily Reveille, “August 23 Issue;” 2. Staff, The Daily Mississippian, “The Daily Mississippian;” 3. Staff, The Maroon, “Feb.2; Mar. 9; Oct.12.”

— College Bureau/News: 1. Morgan Searles, The Daily Reveille, “Same faith, opposing politics;” 2. Ben Wallace, The Daily Reveille, “Southeast Louisiana Hospital’s closure will have lasting impact;” 3. Morgan Searles, The Daily Reveille, “Hurricane Story – Jennifer Shaw uses toys to illustrate her book about Katrina.”

— College Bureau/Features: 1. Jared Senseman, The University of Mississippi, “Ole Miss home to medical marijuana lab;” 2. Ryan Buxton, Louisiana State University, “Retired minister recalls registering to vote in 1946 in Jefferson Parish;” 3. Cain Madden, the University of Mississippi, “The Revitalization of Downtown.”

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Margaret Dixon Freedom of Information Award: Barbara Leader, The News-Star, “Louisiana Education Reform: A Leap of Faith.”

Frank Allen Newswriting Award: The Clarion-Ledger, “Barbour pardons.”

C.P. Liter Photography Award: The Times-Picayune, “Hurricane Isaac hits south Louisiana.”

Louisiana Mark Twain award: The Advocate

Mississippi Mark Twain Award: The Vicksburg Post

 

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