Citizen wins first for news coverage and editorial page at LPA

Staff Reports
The staff of The Gonzales Weekly Citizen gathered for a group photo after it placed second in the General Excellence category of its respective division at the the 130th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Lafayette. From left, Glenn Stifflemire, publisher; Stephanie Richardson, district bookeeper; Amy Hughes, sales representative; Robin LaBruzzo, sales representative; Brad Day, general manager; Mary-Glenn Smith, reporter; Anna McVea, sales representative; Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor; Marie Schexnaydre, circulation manager; Stephanie Hopkins, graphics/printing; Brenda Gautreau, classifieds; Bridget Bardwell, accounting; Michael Tortorich, sports editor; and Wade McIntyre, editor. Not pictured, Penny Martinez, graphics; Aanifa LeBlanc, graphics; and Sabrina Linton, graphics/Gumbo Magazine.

The Gonzales Weekly Citizen won three first place editorial awards and placed second in the General Excellence category in its respective division at the 130th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Lafayette May 1.

The Weekly Citizen won First Place for Best Editorial Page and Best News Coverage, and Sports Editor Michael Tortorich won First Place for Best Headline.

Editor Wade McIntyre won Second Place for Best Single Editorial, Third Place for Best News Story, and Third Place for Best Regular Column.

The Weekly Citizen won Third Place for Best Lifestyle Coverage, and Lifestyle Editor Cheryl LeBlanc Babin also won a Third Place Award for Best Headline.

The paper’s Sports Department won Third Place for Best Overall Sports Coverage, Second Place for Best Sports Story, and an Honorable Mention for Best Sports Column. Tortorich also won a Third Place award for Best Sports Photo.

Outdoor Columnist Lyle Johnson won Second Place for Best Sports Column.

The paper was recognized with a Second Place Community Service Award for its efforts in promoting the inaugural COEA Dancing with the Stars fundraising event.

In the advertising competition, the Citizen’s Penny Martinez and Aanifa LeBlanc won Second Place for best Multiple Advertiser Page; and Martinez won second place for Best Classified Section. Martinez and LeBlanc also received a third place award for best Multiple Advertiser Page; and Martinez won Third Place for Staff Generated Black & White 1/2 page or under.

 Awards for the Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and the Better Newspaper Advertising Competition for 2009 were given in individual contests for first, second, third places and honorable mention. The editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness. The Florida Press Association judged both competitions this winter.

 Sixty-seven newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,533 entries for the competition.