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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