By ROSS REILY
The Mississippi Business Journal won 13 awards, including three first place awards and finished third in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in Biloxi at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.
The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division F category along with other weeklies in the MPA contest. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2015.
“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 investigative news category for his work on Ridgeland’s plan to displace thousands of apartment residents, many of whom are minorities. Because of his work, this issue has edged into the national spotlight. The judges commented, “Great serial coverage that brought attention to a big issue and seemingly had an effect on the outcome.”
It was the fourth time in six years in which Carter has won this award as he also placed third in the category with a series of stories on the downfall of All-American Check Cashing and the and federal investigation into its work practices. “Ted is the best in the business at investigative journalism, anywhere,” Reily said. “He has a knack for having his finger on the pulse of important issues in Mississippi and he has used his amazing skills to the relay those stories in an easy-to-read style to the people of Mississippi and throughout the world. I am truly blessed to have been able to work with him.”
In years past, Carter won on stories about the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Tri-State Brick and Tile and others.
Staff Writer Jack Weatherly won a first place for his commentary columns, specifically on NBC newsman Brian Williams’ fall from grace as well as the Mississippi flag controversy and economic development. The judges commented, “Very interesting stories. Great perspective and very detailed on the subjects. Informative and pleasurable.”
Finally, Editor Ross Reily, Production Manager Tacy Rayburn and Researcher Frank Brown won a first place for the MBJ’s overall design of the product. The judges said, “Very clean design makes this an attractive and inviting newspaper. Good graphics and well-organized.”
Second, third place and honorable mention awards are listed below:
» Second Place — Sports Feature — Lisa Monti
» Second Place — Best Graphics — Frank Brown
» Second Place — Best Editorial Page — Ross Reily
» Second Place — Best Editorial — Ross Reily
» Third Place — Best Investigative Reporting — Ted Carter
» Third Place — Commentary Column — David Dallas
» Third Place — Editorial Cartoon — Ricky Nobile
» Third Place — Best Website — Ross Reily
» Third Place — Best Special Section — Staff
» Third Place — General Excellence — Staff
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