The West Side Journal was awarded top honors on Saturday, June 21, as the community newspaper was named the Louisiana Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year in its respective division for the third time in five years.
The Journal is in Division 5, of nine divisions, which includes newspapers statewide that have an average weekly circulation of between 1,501-3,000. Division 5 includes 26 daily, thrice-weekly, twice-weekly, and weekly newspapers throughout the state.
Along with being named the top newspaper in the division, the Journal staff garnered first place awards for best news and lifestyle coverage and won the editorial sweepstakes, which is based on the number of awards received in the editorial contests.
The Newspaper of the Year Award, based on the number of points earned in the Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and the Better Newspaper Advertising Competition for 2013, was presented at a luncheon Saturday in Biloxi, Miss., during the joint Louisiana and Mississippi Press Association’s convention.
The editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness. The Mississippi Press Association judged both competitions this year.
The Journal received 10 first place awards, which were:
Best single editorial – Oedipus by Ben Lanier-Nabors
Best feature story – An Undying Faith by Aaron Williams
Best sports story – Weathering the Storm by John Dupont
Best breaking news story – Brusly Robbery Ends in Death by Aaron Williams
Best lifestyle coverage
Best news coverage
Best continuing coverage of a single news event – P.A. Mayor Recall series by Emily Bell and Aaron Williams
Best news photo – Angry councilman by Aaron Williams
Best feature photo – Mardi Gras in Port Allen by Aaron Williams
Best online advertising single ad – Santa by Cole Williams.
The Journal was also awarded with several second and third place honors:
Best front page, best editorial page, best sports column (John Dupont), best overall sports coverage, best continuing coverage of a single news event (Emily Bell), best investigative reporting (Emily Bell), best feature photo (Aaron Williams), best ad campaign (Cole Williams), best classified section or page (Shelli DeAngelo), and best online advertising single ad (Cole Williams).
Best single editorial (Aaron Williams), best news story (Aaron Williams), best investigative reporting (Emily Bell), and best overall website.