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Newspaper wins 16 awards in state competition

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LITTLE ROCK – The Nashville News-Leader received six first-place awards Saturday, July 22, at the Arkansas Press Association convention at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The paper also received three second-place awards, five for third place and two honorable mentions.

Entries were judged by members of the Mississippi Press Association. The News-Leader competes in the medium weeklies division.

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

Sports news story, “State champions! Scrapperettes bring home first basketball title,” John R. Schirmer – “Great lead. Immediately pulled me into the drama of a championship game,” the judge said.

Sports feature story, “Scrapperette coach looks back on state championship season,” John R. Schirmer – “Great read. Love the lead, and the story really captures the excitement of a successful season.”

Single feature photo, “It’s all for OCC,” John R. Schirmer – “Good timing, good expression. Can’t get enough of pies in faces, especially at Vacation Bible School,” the judge said. The photo showed VBS worker Abbie Lamb getting a pie in the face at First United Methodist Church after youngsters exceeded their goal for Operation Christmas Child.

Community Coverage, Agriculture and Business, Louie Graves and John R. Schirmer – “I really enjoyed seeing in-depth coverage on a variety of businesses, and the stories were well written.”

Community Coverage, Education, John R. Schirmer – “Clearly, this newspaper cares about education and its importance to the community.”

Community Coverage, Health and Medical, Don Hall and John R. Schirmer – “Great job introducing these medical professionals to the community. The stories were well written and interesting.”

Second-place winners include the following:

Headline writing, “State champions! Scrapperettes bring home first basketball title,” John R. Schirmer – 

“Catchy headline with a good local basketball team victory.”

Single sports feature photo, Reese Worthington tennis picture, John R. Schirmer – “Nice action photos on the page.”

Picture page photo essay, “Going to the state finals,” John R. Schirmer – “Love seeing the excitement on the players’ faces.”

Third-place winners include the following:

Freelance recognition, Early Files, Patsy Young – “Readers buy our newspapers to read these types of weekly features. The person who puts this together does a good job of finding a highlight with a photo. Good work here.”

Single news photo, “A tradition at the courthouse monument,” Louie Graves – “Nice photo with an explanatory caption. Good connection from picture to caption.”

Single sports feature photo, “Airborne” picture of players celebrating after touchdown, John R. Schirmer – “Again, nice package of photos.”

Best front page design, Louie Graves, Don Hall, John R. Schirmer – “I like this arrangement. Plenty of art to draw the eye to the different stories on the page, and a good diversity in the story selection.”

Digital presence and audience engagement, website and Facebook, Tracy Denny-Bailey, John Balch and Jon Chambers – “Really good-looking site.”

Honorable mentions include the following:

General interest column, “Flags at half staff. Mournful occasions are marked by lowered flag,” Louie Graves – Good column, expressed sincere interest for the history and gave description of each placement. Good job.”

Headline writing, “One of the good guys,” John R. Schirmer – Catchy headline and makes you really want to follow the story’s lead.”

The News-Leader received third place in APA’s General Excellence competition.

The Arkansas Press Association celebrated its 150th anniversary during the convention. It’s the state’s oldest trade association.

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