CCN, Citizen win awards from state press group

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- Carroll County News has been named the third-best large weekly in the state by the Arkansas Press Association in its annual statewide journalism contest.

In all, CCN won 12 awards for top-quality journalism -- including a first place for Sports Feature Story going to Chan Davis -- during the APA's annual convention, held last week in Eureka Springs. The awards were presented Saturday at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

The top award for the best newspaper in the state is called the General Excellence award. CCN tied for third place in General Excellence alongside the Stone County Leader of Mountain View.

The Lovely County Citizen, CCN's sister paper in Eureka Springs, won five APA awards, including a first place in Headline Writing going to Editor Kristal Kuykendall.

Both CCN and the Citizen competed in the Large Weekly size division, going up against several larger news organizations such as the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader and the Jacksonville Leader, which were named second-best and best in the state in the division, respectively.

"I am very proud of our staff and very grateful to have such a dedicated, talented team of journalists working at CCN and the Citizen on behalf of the residents of Carroll County," said Carroll County Newspapers Publisher Bob Moore. "They all believe in and daily practice the mission of good journalism: To give the readers enough information that they may live fuller lives and be educated citizens who are involved in their community, and to shine a light on government so that taxpayers may keep watch on what government is doing."

Following are the awards CCN received:

* First place, Sports Feature Story, Chan Davis, for "Brains of the Operation" about Berryville athlete Britni Smith;

* Second place, Editorial, Kristal Kuykendall, for "Absurd demands by Barr" about Carroll County Judge Sam Barr and his clashes with JPs and the media;

* Second place, Single Sports Action Photograph, David Bell, for a photo of the Berryville Bobcats;

* Second place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, Chan Davis, for a photo titled "Face of Concentration";

* Third place, Picture Page/Photo Essay, David Bell, for a page about last year's Berryville Ice Cream Social;

* Third place, Special Issue/Section, Staff, for "The Night Berryville Stood Still" about the 70th anniversary of a tornado that wiped out much of the town;

* Third place, General Interest Column, T.S. Strickland, for "Who Says You Can't Go Home Again";

* Third Place, Humorous Column, T.S. Strickland, for "Dreaming";

* Third place, Investigative Reporting, T.S. Strickland, for "City's Funds Transfer Illegal" about the Green Forest city government and its street funds;

* Third place, Feature Story, Kathryn Lucariello, for "Bridging the Years" about the Beaver Bridge;

* Third place (tie), General Excellence, staff; and

* Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, Chan Davis, for "Berryville Back After Super Bowl."

Following are the awards received by the Lovely County Citizen:

* First place, Headline Writing, Kristal Kuykendall, for "Sweet Sideline," about a pastor who makes extra income selling honey from his bees;

* Second place, Headline Writing, Kristal Kuykendall, for "Pin-Up Pets," about the annual animal-filled fundraising calendar produced by the local Humane Society;

* Second place, Humorous Column, Don Lee, for "Jailhouse Food";

* Second place, Picture Page/Photo Essay, Chip Ford, for "Fat Tire Festival"; and

* Honorable Mention, Feature Story, Tina Parker, for "Artist Channels Sobriety" about Eureka Springs artist Robert "Bob" Norman.

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