Every year, The Citizen staff competes in the Alabama Press Association Media Awards (formerly known as the Better Newspaper Contest). The contest gives our staff a chance to put our work against similar newspapers across the state. This year, The Citizen won 17 awards.
Awards include: Second place for Best Lifestyle and Family pages, Second place for Best Local Education Coverage, Third place for Best Use of Photos/Editorial Content, Second place for Best Spot News Story about the March 3 tornado that ripped through Smiths Station, Third place for Best In-Depth News Coverage for the gas tax increase, Third place for Best News Feature Story for opening up about suicide, Third place for Best Sports Photo, Second place for Best Use of Graphics/Illustrations, First and Second place for Best Creative Use of Multimedia, First place for Most Improved, First place for Best Newspaper Website, Second place for Best Single Ad over ½ page, First place for “Live. Work. Play.” in Best Special Section, Second place for “Champs” in Best Special Section, Third place for Best Advertising Campaign for “Why Local,” and Second place for Best Presentation of Online Advertising.
This year, 98 publications submitted 2,921 entries in the annual contest. The Mississippi Press Association membership judged the entries.
The awards are great. Hanging plaques on our walls for customers to see when they walk in is a point of pride for this staff. But what we enjoy most of all is the ability to write stories that matter to our community. We love featuring players in the sports section, telling the history of the area, sharing events that are happening (pre-pandemic, of course), and informing you of what local governments are doing. If we do that well, we’re happy.
We will continue to work hard to fill these pages with news that you want to read. As a small staff, we definitely rely on the help of the community to send story ideas and pictures to us, and we give priority to the news you send. Thank you for your continued support of this newspaper and its staff. We hope you enjoy the paper and finding more stories on our website.
By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor