The team of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette took 1st area in 14 groups of the 2021 Diamond Journalism Awards.
The regional competitiveness is sponsored yearly by the Arkansas Professional chapter of the Modern society of Experienced Journalists and recognizes journalism excellence in Arkansas and 6 neighboring states.
The Democrat-Gazette staff took initial by means of 3rd locations in the every day newspaper categories of breaking news articles, investigative reporting, breaking information pictures, picture portfolio and newspaper style.
They also took first position for ongoing coverage of the covid-19 pandemic, editorials, business enterprise producing, education and learning reporting, distinctive part, information visualization, graphics and illustrations, video clip journalism and web/cellular style.
The contest has 5 special awards.
Ashton Pittman, Donna Ladd and Christian Middleton gained the Robert S. McCord Liberty of Information and facts Award for a 3-element investigative sequence and subsequent reporting for the Mississippi Totally free Press that uncovered racist and sexist e-mail exchanges involving potent, rich donors and top rated administrators and school at the University of Mississippi.
Pittman and the Mississippi Cost-free Push, a nonprofit on line media outlet centered in Jackson, also had been identified with the Community Assistance Award for “an incredible sequence of stories documenting endeavours by Mississippi officers to adjust polling spots of 1000’s of voters with extremely minor interaction,” judges wrote.
Judges also named Pittman the Diamond Journalist of the Calendar year.
Dustin Jayroe of Little Rock-dependent AY Magazine was named the Superb New Journalist, a distinction that acknowledges excellence by a journalist who has been working skillfully for five several years or much less.
This year’s contest showcased a classification especially recognizing reporting on the covid-19 pandemic.
Andrew DeMillo of The Associated Press took first location in the pandemic protection category.
University student journalists with the Delta Electronic News Services, dependent at Arkansas Point out College in Jonesboro, took the best prize in one more new class, Student Special Projects, for their protection of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 Diamond Journalism Awards honored get the job done revealed or broadcast in 2020 and drew a record 393 entries in 75 groups. Users of the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ served as judges.
The winners from the Democrat-Gazette staff members were being:
Breaking News, Each day
1st spot: “Twister rips via Jonesboro,” Stephen Simpson, William Sanders, Jeanie Roberts, Joseph Flaherty and Thomas Metthe
2nd place: Protest protection, workers
3rd place: Danny Lee execution, Tony Holt
Ongoing Protection, Daily
1st: Covid coverage, Employees, which include protection in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Investigative Reporting, Daily
1st: “Lives Remembered,” an investigation into Arkansas covid-19 fatalities, Personnel
2nd: “Children in Peril,” Ginny Monk
3rd: Arkansas Human Growth Centers sequence, Kat Stromquist
Capabilities, Each day
3rd: “Point out record guides carried Rebel slant,” Bill Bowden
1st: “Tom Cotton’s byline,” David Barham and Walter E. Hussman Jr.
Commentary, Print/On the web
3rd: “Henderson State professor writes information to caving in the South,” Morgan Acuff
Arts & Culture Producing, Print/On line
3rd: Arts & Tradition portfolio, Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Business Creating, Print/On the web
1st: Business enterprise portfolio, Staff members
Instruction Reporting, Print/On-line
1st: Education stories, Personnel
Politics, Print/On the internet
2nd: Political protection, Frank Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Special Area, Print/On line
1st: All Arkansas Preps, Employees
Neighborhood Journalism, Print/On-line
2nd: Alpena, Invoice Bowden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
1st: In LR, rally close to Capitol turns violent, Stephen Swofford
2nd: NLR law enforcement capturing injures man, Staton Breidenthal
3rd: Tornado damage surveyed in Jonesboro, Tommy Metthe
3rd: May well 30 George Floyd Protests, Stephen Swofford
1st: Stephen Swofford
2nd: Tommy Metthe
3rd: Staton Breidenthal
1st: Monitoring Coronavirus, Brian Smith and Staff
2nd: Murder Map, William Sanders, Yutao Chen and Maggie McNeary
1st: Halloween’s Taking place, Carrie Hill, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Movie Journalism, Features
1st: Operating the Rock: 2020 Small Rock Marathon, Yutao Chen, Staton Breidenthal, Tommy Metthe, Stephen Swofford, Justin Cunningham
1st: Model portion, Stan Denman
2nd: Sports activities part, Joe Luciano
3rd: Webpage One particular, Terry Austin
1st: Arkansas On-line personnel
2nd: “Little ones in Peril,” Ginny Monk
Robert S. McCord Freedom of Facts Award
2nd: Fighting for basic data, Eric Besson