Nearly 4,500 entries were submitted by 83 Louisiana publications to LPA's 2006 annual competition. Awards were handed out Saturday at the 127th annual convention in New Orleans, and The Independent Weekly took home 47 of those awards ' 20 of them for first place honors.
In the Free Circulation and Special Interest Editorial Competition, Staff Writer Nathan Stubbs won first place in the Best Investigative Reporting category for his account of the rise and fall of former Lafayette Police Chief Randy Hundley. Editor Scott Jordan won first place for Best Feature Story for his narrative piece on the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras in New Orleans and returning to his former home, "A Flood of Emotions."
The editorial department also won first place honors for Best News Coverage, Best Lifestyle Coverage, and Best of Show in Photography. For its coverage of Lafayette's divisive Martin Luther King Jr. Drive issue, the staff won first place in two categories, Best Continuing Coverage of a Governmental Issue and Community Service.
In the Individual Feature Writing competition, The Independent swept the category. Katy Reckdahl won first place for her feature, "Do You Know What It Means To Myth New Orleans?"; Contributing Writer Jeremy Alford won second place; Staff Writer Mary Tutwiler won third place; and honorable mention went to Calendar Editor Nick Pittman.
It was also a sweep for Photo Editor Terri Fensel in the Individual Feature Photo - Black & White category. Fensel also won first, third and honorable mention in the category of Individual Feature Photo - Color and placed first in the categories of Best News Photo and Best Feature Photo.
The Independent's graphics department, under the direction of Jason Roy, took home honors for its work with both the paper's editorial and advertising departments. Roy's staff won first place awards for both color and black and white ads, pages with multiple advertisers, advertising ideas and the best ads for retailers. In all, the graphics department captured 17 awards, 6 of them first place honors, for its work.
Lafayette's Gannett-owned Daily Advertiser won top honor in the infamous Oops! category, for its bold, front-page headline on its August 2006 story about the reopening of a Catholic church ' "Synagogue reborn." The Independent Weekly proudly nominated the daily paper for the distinction, which came with the day's only trophy, topped with a golden turkey.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.