By NEMS Daily Journal
BILOXI – The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal received 28 awards Saturday in the Mississippi Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards for work published in 2012 were presented at the MPA’s annual convention at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. They were in competition with the state’s larger daily newspapers.
Journal photographers won four first-place awards – Thomas Wells for feature photo and C. Todd Sherman for pictorial series, sports feature photo and personality portrait.
Sports editor John Pitts won top honors in the state for sports columns.
Second place award-winners included Brad Locke, sports columns; Parrish Alford, sports news, for a story on Lafayette High quarterback Jeremy Liggins’ decision to attend LSU; M. Scott Morris, general interest column and feature story, for an article on the Ole Miss rifle team; Lloyd Gray, editorials; the Living section in the lifestyles category; the Journal as a whole for design; Wells for general news photos and Sherman for pictorial series.
The Journal placed third for its front page, sports section, editorial page and djournal.com website, as well as for general excellence. Other third-place award winners included:
• JB Clark and Stephanie Rebman, spot news, for coverage of the Adam Mayes manhunt.
• Emily Le Coz, general news for a story on a fatal accident involving teens.
• The Daily Journal reporting staff for a planned series on the 1st District congressional campaign and what was on voters’ minds.
• Dennis Seid and the copy desk, special sections, for the Tupelo Furniture Market 25th anniversary edition.
• Errol Castens, general interest columns.
• Lloyd Gray, commentary columns.
• Thomas Wells, pictorial series and personality portrait.
• C. Todd Sherman, sports action photo.
On Friday night, the MPA inducted the late Norma Fields, longtime Daily Journal reporter and Capitol correspondent, into its Hall of Fame, which recognizes significant journalistic achievement by Mississippians either within the state or elsewhere. Fields worked for the Journal from 1964 to 1989.