Gonzales Weekly Citizen receives first place for 'Best Overall Website' and 'Community Service'

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Kyle Riviere, Sports Editor, front left; Lisa Yates, Editor; Cheryl Babin, Lifestyles Editor; Crystal Barrett, Group Sales Manager; Stephanie Schexnaydre, General Manager, back left; Brenda Gautreau; Anna McVea; and, Martine Duhe display awards from Louisiana Press Association, which include first place wins for “Best Overall Website” and “Community Service.”

Gonzales Weekly Citizen earned first place honors in its division for "Best Overall Website" and "Community Service" at the 133rd Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Baton Rouge.

Competing among other newspapers across the state, The Citizen also took second place honors in Division 4 for "General Excellence."

The Citizen placed second in "Best Overall Sports Coverage" and "Best Lifestyles Coverage," with Kyle Riviere as Sports Editor and Cheryl Babin, Lifestyles Editor.

Sports Editor Kyle Riviere also earned third place for "Best Sports Column."

Editor Lisa Yates earned two third place wins in the catgories of "Best Single Editorial" and "Best Breaking News Story."

In addition, Aanifa LeBlanc won honorable mention for "Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page."

The Better Newspaper Contest reviewed issues from 2012, with awards being 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 Alabama Press Association, the Arkansas Press Association, and the Mississippi Press Association judged both competitions this year.

Seventy-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,561 entries.

Awards were presented to newspapers at the LPA's awards banquet April 20, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel in Baton Rouge.