Carroll County News wins nine awards at APA convention

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Carroll County News Managing Editor Jerry Dupyand staff reporter Anna Mathews show off two of the nine awards brought home Saturday from the annual APA convention, held in Rogers at the Embassy Suites Convention Center.

ROGERS -- Carroll County News' coverage of business and agriculture has garnered editorial staff members a first-place award from the Arkansas Press Association for the third time in the last four years.

That award, and another first-place award for best headline among all larger weekly newspapers in the state, were among nine citations brought home from the APA's News-Editorial SuperConvention, which ended Saturday at the awards luncheon, held at the Embassy Suites.

CCN staff members Anna Mathews and E. Alan Long were cited for their contributions to the coverage of business and agriculture, and judges noted that the quarterly Northwest Arkansas Farmer special supplement was a determining factor in their decision to award first-place.

It only took eight words from CCN Managing Editor Jerry Dupy to pull in the top award for headline writing. Above an April 15, 2008, story about the Corps of Engineers receiving flak from flood victims in the wake of its decision to make historic floodgate releases at Beaver Dam following torrential rains, the headline read: "Dammed if you do; dammed if you don't."

Anna Mathews took home two of the six feature photo awards made to larger weeklies: a second place for her December photo of a child and a police officer during the annual "Shop With a Cop" program, and an honorable mention for her photo of a Carroll County Detention Center trustee holding a litter of abandoned puppies which he was caring for.

Sports Editor David McNeal was awarded third-place in the sports column category for his commentary on poor sportsmanship among fans at basketball games. He also garnered an honorable mention for his photo of the start of a race at a track meet involving Green Forest Lady Tigers.

CCN's other honorable mentions were for community coverage throughout the year; best news story for staff coverage by Long, Mathews and Kathryn Lucariello of the aftermath of the spring flooding; and an editorial by Dupy on the negative effects of plastic shopping bags on our environment.

The APA noted that there were 2,444 contest entries from 80 member newspapers in six separate divisions. Members of the West Virginia Press Association judged the entries.

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