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‘News-Leader’ wins 5 first-place awards in state competition


LITTLE ROCK – The Nashville News-Leader received 16 individual awards, including five for first place, during the Arkansas Press Association’s awards luncheon Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The News-Leader received third place in general excellence, behind Carroll County and Monticello.

The awards presentation marked the conclusion of the APA’s summer convention July 5-8. Contest entries were judged by members of the Oklahoma Press Association.

Seventeen daily newspapers submitted 672 entries in the competition.

Thirty-three weekly papers submitted 982 entries. The News-Leader competed in the medium weeklies division.

First-place awards and judges’ comments include the following:

Best Beat Reporter – John R. Schirmer. “These are great stories that cover a variety of education issues. I liked seeing follow-ups on some of the issues from the school board meetings (school lunch, football field turf, Bibles, etc.).”

General Interest Column – Louie Graves, “Reflecting.” “I tell my reporters I know when they’ve written a good story or column when I forget to proof it during the first read because I was pulled along by the words. That’s what this writer did. Nice column.”

Best Front Page – John R. Schirmer. “Clean and interesting layouts, clear separation of stories, great mix of coverage.”

Best Graphic Design Portfolio – John R. Schirmer. “Very nice. Best of the bunch.”

Coverage of Education – Terrica Hendrix, John R. Schirmer. “Excellent!! Once I read ‘Graduation through 6-year-old’s eyes,’ I knew I had my winner – what a great story! The other stories are also top-notch; all-around just great reporting on topics that all too often may not seem too terribly exciting. Well done.”

Second-place awards and comments include the following:

News Story – Terrica Hendrix. “Intriguing, great story. Good coverage of back and forth argument.”

Humorous column – Louie Graves. Funny, topical and well written.

Single Feature Photograph – John R. Schirmer. Touching moment, both personal and precious. Every mom would love to have this photo of her son/daughter’s graduation.”

Single Sports Action Photograph – John R. Schirmer. “Cool shot and well timed being in focus.”

Best Sports Page – John R. Schirmer. “Good layout. Good variety of coverage. Great photos and I like the use of the mascots with the stories. Lots of information, but still very clean and easy to locate the different stories.”

Coverage of Health/Medical – Terrica Hendrix, John R. Schirmer. “Nice news and feature photos.”

Third place awards include the following:

Feature Story – John R. Schirmer

Sports News Story – John R. Schirmer

Sports Feature Story – John R. Schirmer

Single Sports Feature Photo – John R. Schirmer

Honorable mention:

Sports News Story – John R. Schirmer

Dewayne Holloway of the Montgomery County News at Mount Ida received four awards in the smaller weeklies division, including honorable mention for a feature story, third place single sports action photograph, third place sports feature photograph, third place coverage of education.