By NEMS Daily Journal
BILOXI – The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal won 31 awards, including top honors for its front page, column writers, special sections and general news photography in the Mississippi Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards for work published in 2010 were presented Saturday at the annual MPA convention in competition with the state’s other large circulation daily newspapers.
The Daily Journal received first-place awards for its front page content and design, second place for its sports and features sections and for general excellence, and third place for its editorial page and overall newspaper design.
Its edition marking the 140th anniversary of Tupelo and the Journal won first place for special sections.
Individual first place awards went to C. Todd Sherman in the general news photo category, Galen Holley for general interest columns and Lloyd Gray for commentary columns.
The Journal’s website, NEMS360.com, won second place in the online category.
Other Daily Journal award-winners included:
Thomas Wells – Second place, feature photo; third place, spot news photo and graphics.
Deste Lee – Second place, sports action photo; third place, sports feature photo.
C. Todd Sherman – Second place, graphics; third place, sports action photos.
Scott Morris – Second place, general interest column.
Galen Holley – Second place, feature story.
John Wilbert – Second place, sports feature.
Brad Locke – Third place, general news story and game story.
Leslie Criss – Third place, general interest column.
Emily Le Coz – Third place, in-depth/investigative story.
Parrish Alford – Third place, sports column.
John Pitts – Third place, headlines.
Michaela Morris and Gene Phelps – Third place, sports news story.
Lloyd Gray – Third place, editorials.
In addition to its first place award for its 140th anniversary section, the Daily Journal received second place in the same special sections category for its breast cancer awareness edition and third place for its fall fashion section.