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 Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.