Thanks for making us award-winning
This past weekend I had the honor of representing the West Side Journal at the 2018 Louisiana Press Association and Mississippi Press Association Joint Convention. I’m happy to report your hometown newspaper was presented with several awards in various categories. The West Side Journal earned the following accolades for its division:
Second place in Best Layout and Design
Second place in General Excellence
Second place in Best Staff Generated Ad, designed by Cole Williams
First place in Best Single Editorial, with Fake News: Then and Now by Cole Williams
Second place in Best Single Editorial, with Hazing at LSU has grave results, abolish pledgeship by Breanna Smith
Third place in Best Sports Story, with Forever 25 by Joelle Wright
We would like to extend a special thanks to the community for always reading and supporting the Journal as your West Side news source. Whether you pick up the paper on your doorstep each week or prefer our website, your support inspires and encourages the staff every day.
I didn’t just spend two days in New Orleans collecting awards, though. Lessons are just as important as a pat on the back, so here is a list of things I learned at the joint convention:
- Parking is expensive.
- People love local sports, and sports coverage. More to come on that later.
- How to create and publish interactive maps and 360 degree photos to keep readers more informed and offer virtual tours of things like new school facilities.
- Be concerned about the opioid crisis, but consider the contrast in media exposure between it and the 1980s crack epidemic.
- The five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment are the
freedom of religion,
freedom of speech,
freedom of petition,
freedom to assembly
peaceably and freedom
of the press. Roughly
two percent of Americans can name all five.