The Calhoun County Journal earned eight awards, including four first
place, in the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest
at the association's 143rd annual convention last week in Biloxi.
The Calhoun County Journal earned eight awards, including four first place, in the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest at the association's 143rd annual convention last week in Biloxi.
The Journal, which competes in the largest weekly division for weekly papers in the state with circulations greater than 4,000, won two first place awards for photography.
A photo by publisher Joel McNeece of Dillon Williams of Vardaman, with his face covered in sweet potatoes from the pie eating contest at the Sweet Potato Festival, earned The Journal first place in the best "personality portrait."
McNeece also earned first for a photo of a bumble bee on a Bradford Pear tree in the Ellzey Community that appeared on the front page of The Journal.
Other first place awards included best sports feature – a story about Bernard Sykes return to football at Northwest after serving eight years in prison.
McNeece also earned first for "Best Spot News Story." The winning entry was a front page story from May 1, 2008 about the drowning of 7-year-old Chris McDonald in the Yalobusha River.
The Journal earned a second place award for "Best Web Site" – calhouncountyjournal.com.
McNeece earned second among all weekly papers in the state for "Best Sports Column." McNeece's winning columns included his account of a tornado striking the Georgia Dome during the 2008 SEC Tournament in Atlanta, Brett Favre's retirement from the Green Bay Packers, and Eli Manning's Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
McNeece earned second for "Best Sports Action Photograph" – a picture of Bruce Trojan Curtis Lyons pulling a truck during Iron Trojan competiion.
McNeece collected a third place award for "Best Sports Feature Photo" – a shot of Jami Taylor in the Lady Trojans' dugout cheering on her teammates.