BILOXI – The North Mississippi Herald won three awards this past weekend at the Mississippi Press Association annual convention in Biloxi.
The Herald won two first place Better Newspaper Contest awards and one second place for stories published during 2007.
Competing in the Weekly B Division of newspapers with a circulation from 2,500 to 4,000, the Herald brought home first place awards in the Best General News Story and Best Feature Story categories, as well as a second place award for the Best Planned Series of Stories.
“We very proud of the awards,” said editor David Howell. “It shows our commitment to provide quality reporting for our dedicated readers.”
The first place award for Best General News Story was given to William Browning’s story, “A Cabin in the Road.” The article tells of a Yalobusha County man’s efforts to build a hunting cabin in the middle of a road that some people say is county-owned. Of the story, judges wrote, “Rural storytelling at its best.”
Browning, a former Herald reporter now with the Greenwood Commonwealth, also won a first place award in the Best Feature Story category for his story, “Ernie Pyle, N.B. Saucier, C‚Ville and You.” That article told the story of how a Coffeeville man’s father buried Ernie Pyle after the famed journalist was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Japan. Judges said of the piece, “Making the reader a part of the story is a very effective technique in this case. Excellent job of bringing Pyle-Saucier full circle.”
Browning placed second in the Best Planned Series of Stories category for the three-part series, “Exploring,” which looked at Water Valley’s growth during the past few years. Judges said, “Browning uses some folksy charm and turns some nice phrases in this series on growth in a small town. Nice use of local voices as well.”
There were more than 2,700 stories from 68 Mississippi newspapers judged for the awards.
The South Carolina Press Association judged the stories.