The Tunica Times stood out as one of Mississippi’s best little newspapers, capturing 12 awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, Editorial Division.
Held in conjunction with the Tri State Press Convention at Harrah’s Convention Center in Robinsonville, the BNC awards luncheon brought winners to the podium on June 26. Times’ staffers receiving awards were Meg Coker, Jo-Ellen Sharpe, Peter Thomas and Brooks Taylor. The newspaper itself also earned a nod, capturing a third place for best front page.
“We were pleased to represent our community well in the annual contest,” Times publisher Brooks Taylor said.
Coker received a first place for best headlines. Judges remarked that her headline “Aldermen shut off water discussion” found “an interesting way to say what is typically routine.” She also received an honorable mention for Best Lifestyles Page or Section.
Sharpe received second place in the Commentary Column category and an honorable mention in the General Interest Column category.
Thomas earned awards for his work in four categories. Thomas took second and third place in sports new stories for the articles “Tunica County host to puzzling battle of the bird” and “Gone Fishing.”
Thomas earned a second place for his Sports Column “Woody’s Woodlot” and a third place in General News for his story “Tunica County lands car plant.” He also took second and third place in Sports Feature Photos.
Taylor earned second place in Editorials, just behind Ray Mosby of the Deer Creek Pilot.