Local newspapers receive awards

RIPLEY – The Southern Sentinel and its sister newspaper, the Southern Advocate in Ashland, received 29 awards during the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, Advertising Division. The awards included 12 for the Sentinel and 17 for the Advocate. The Advocate received eight first places, five second places and four third places. The Sentinel received three first places, one second place and eight third places. . Both newspapers received 30 advertising awards last year. The awards were announced recently during the luncheon at the MPA winter convention in Jackson. The advertisements and special sections for both newspapers were built by the Southern Sentinel’s production staff, which includes Production Manager Tina Campbell and Advertisement Designer Joyce Brock and sold by advertising staff Jessica Davis, Jane Matthews and Tim Watson. The Advocate competes in the weekly division below 2,500 circulation; the Sentinel in the weekly division 2,500-4,000 circulation. The awards are as follows: –Best single retail advertisement, black and white, weekly division C below 2,500, third place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, first place Southern Advocate Joyce Brock. –Best institutional advertisement, black and white, weekly division C below 2,500, first place, Southern Advocate, Tina Campbell. –Best Service Advertisement, black and white, weekly division C below 2,500, second place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, first place Southern Advocate, Tina Campbell. –Best Grocery or Restaurant Advertisement, black and white, weekly division C, third place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, first place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock. –Best Political Advertisement, black and white, weekly division C below 2,500 third place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, second place Southern Advocate, Tina Campbell. –Best Auto Advertisement, black and white, weekly division C below 2,500, first place Southern Advocate, Tina Campbell. –Best Political Advertisement spot or process color, weekly division C below 2,500, second place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock. –Best Section or Edition Dedicated to An Editorial Topic, weekly division C below 2,500 first place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, Tina Campbell, Jessica Davis, Tim Watson, Jane Matthews, and Gene Ladnier. –Best Theme Page, weekly division C below 2,500, third place Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock, second place, Joyce Brock, first place, Joyce Brock. –Best House Ad-Classified all weeklies, Southern Advocate, Joyce Brock. –Advertising Excellence Award, weekly division C below 2,500, second place, Southern Advocate. Southern Sentinel –Best Single Retail Advertisement, black and white, weekly division B 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel, Tina Campbell. –Best Institutional Advertisement, black and white, weekly division B, 2,500 to 4,000, first place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock and Jane Matthews. –Best Service Advertisement, black and white, weekly division B 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock, first place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock. –Best Grocery or Restaurant Advertisement, black and white weekly division, 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock. –Best Political Advertisement, black and white, weekly division B 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock. –Best Auto Advertisement, black and white, weekly division B 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel, third place Tina Campbell, first place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock. –Best Display Classified Ad, all weeklies, second place Southern Sentinel, Joyce Brock and Jessica Davis. –Silver Dollar Award, all weeklies, Southern Sentinel, third place, Tina Campbell, Jessica Davis, and Joyce Brock. –Advertising Excellence Award, weekly division B 2,500 to 4,000, third place Southern Sentinel. Said Campbell, “Joyce and I work hard every day to make the newspaper more appealing visually. These awards reinforce that we have done our jobs correctly.” Said Brock, “Everyone on our staff works diligently to serve our readers and advertisers. Because Tina and I work very hard behind the scenes, it is really nice to receive this recognition.” Said Tim Watson, who is publisher for both newspapers, “It’s a very great honor for our newspapers to be selected for these awards over other excellent newspapers in the state. “It’s a fine showing for a small, busy and dedicated staff. I’m proud to be associated with both organizations. “We’re proud of these awards. For your peers to recognize you as the best in the state gives you a sense of pride, as well as a measuring stick. “It’s pleasing to see the MPA recognize the quality of work our staff produces each week. “The selection reinforces the efforts we put into both newspapers to better serve the readers of Tippah and Benton counties.”

Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel