The paper earned a total of 26 awards, more than any other newspaper in our division. (Our competitors include New Orleans' Gambit Weekly and City Business, Baton Rouge Business Report and The Times of Acadiana.)
The awards are judged annually by press clubs outside of Louisiana, ensuring that nepotism isn't a factor in the judging. And the results this year are particularly gratifying for us, as the judges recognized The Independent Weekly for a wide scope of excellence in every facet of publishing.
The backbone of any reputable newspaper is its hard news reporting, and The Independent Weekly swept the Best News Story competition, with Senior Writer R. Reese Fuller earning first and third place awards, and Editorial Director Leslie Turk garnering second place honors. Staff writer Nathan Stubbs won first place in the Best Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event for his series on the 7th District Congressional race.
Culture and arts and entertainment coverage is as important to The Independent Weekly as our news coverage. Staff writer Erin Zaunbrecher's food writing was a major factor in our first place award for Best Lifestyle Coverage.
Our photography also resonated deeply with the judges. The Independent Weekly Photo Editor Terri Fensel won the Best Photo Feature and Best News Photo competitions, and swept the Individual Feature Photo ' Black and White category. Fensel also won first and second place in the Individual Feature Photo ' Color category, while photographer Travis Gauthier also placed in the Individual Feature Photo ' Color competition. Gauthier took home top honors in the Best Feature Photo category.
Besides our first-place honors, we also won numerous second place, third place and honorable mentions in prestigious categories like General Excellence, Individual Feature Writing, and Community Service/Service to Readers.
Our advertising and promotion department has multiple reasons to be proud, too: it was cited for first place awards in the advertising categories of Multiple Advertiser Page, staff generated black and white ad and Advertising Idea or Promotion for the paper's "Taking Care of Business," a special advertising supplement. Designer Richard Hoffkins' advertising design took home a number of trophies.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)