Paper’s staff honored in journalism awards contest

The staff members of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette took first place in 14 classes of the 2021 Diamond Journalism Awards.

The regional opposition is sponsored every year by the Arkansas Professional chapter of the Modern society of Specialist Journalists and acknowledges journalism excellence in Arkansas and 6 neighboring states.

The Democrat-Gazette team took initial by 3rd sites in the every day newspaper types of breaking information article content, investigative reporting, breaking news photography, photograph portfolio and newspaper design and style.

They also took 1st spot for ongoing protection of the covid-19 pandemic, editorials, business enterprise writing, education reporting, unique portion, knowledge visualization, graphics and illustrations, online video journalism and website/cell style.

The contest has 5 exclusive awards.

Ashton Pittman, Donna Ladd and Christian Middleton won the Robert S. McCord Flexibility of Details Award for a three-element investigative sequence and subsequent reporting for the Mississippi Cost-free Push that exposed racist and sexist e-mail exchanges concerning effective, wealthy donors and top rated administrators and faculty at the College of Mississippi.

Pittman and the Mississippi No cost Press, a nonprofit on the net media outlet based in Jackson, also had been regarded with the General public Support Award for “an amazing collection of tales documenting efforts by Mississippi officers to change polling areas of thousands of voters with really tiny conversation,” judges wrote.

Judges also named Pittman the Diamond Journalist of the Calendar year.

Dustin Jayroe of Little Rock-centered AY Journal was named the Remarkable New Journalist, a distinction that recognizes excellence by a journalist who has been operating skillfully for five a long time or less.

This year’s contest showcased a class specifically recognizing reporting on the covid-19 pandemic.

Andrew DeMillo of The Associated Press took very first position in the pandemic coverage class.

Scholar journalists with the Delta Electronic News Services, based at Arkansas Condition College in Jonesboro, took the top rated prize in a further new classification, College student Distinctive Initiatives, for their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Diamond Journalism Awards honored operate printed or broadcast in 2020 and drew a record 393 entries in 75 classes. Users of the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ served as judges.

The winners from the Democrat-Gazette staff were:

Breaking News, Every day

1st position: “Twister rips by way of Jonesboro,” Stephen Simpson, William Sanders, Jeanie Roberts, Joseph Flaherty and Thomas Metthe

2nd area: Protest protection, staff

3rd position: Danny Lee execution, Tony Holt

Ongoing Protection, Daily

1st: Covid coverage, Employees, such as protection in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Investigative Reporting, Every day

1st: “Life Remembered,” an investigation into Arkansas covid-19 fatalities, Team

2nd: “Small children in Peril,” Ginny Monk

3rd: Arkansas Human Advancement Facilities collection, Kat Stromquist

Characteristics, Each day

3rd: “Point out heritage textbooks carried Rebel slant,” Monthly bill Bowden

Editorials, Day-to-day

1st: “Tom Cotton’s byline,” David Barham and Walter E. Hussman Jr.

Commentary, Print/On the internet

3rd: “Henderson Condition professor writes guide to caving in the South,” Morgan Acuff

Arts & Lifestyle Producing, Print/On the net

3rd: Arts & Society portfolio, Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Business enterprise Creating, Print/On-line

1st: Company portfolio, Employees

Education and learning Reporting, Print/Online

1st: Schooling tales, Personnel

Politics, Print/On-line

2nd: Political coverage, Frank Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Exclusive Section, Print/On line

1st: All Arkansas Preps, Workers

Neighborhood Journalism, Print/On-line

2nd: Alpena, Bill Bowden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Images-Breaking News

1st: In LR, rally in close proximity to Capitol turns violent, Stephen Swofford

2nd: NLR police capturing injures gentleman, Staton Breidenthal

3rd: Tornado harm surveyed in Jonesboro, Tommy Metthe

Picture Distribute/Essay

3rd: Might 30 George Floyd Protests, Stephen Swofford

Picture Portfolio

1st: Stephen Swofford

2nd: Tommy Metthe

3rd: Staton Breidenthal

Data Visualization

1st: Tracking 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

Video clip Journalism, Functions

1st: Working the Rock: 2020 Minimal Rock Marathon, Yutao Chen, Staton Breidenthal, Tommy Metthe, Stephen Swofford, Justin Cunningham

Newspaper Structure

1st: Fashion part, Stan Denman

2nd: Sporting activities segment, Joe Luciano

3rd: Page One, Terry Austin

Web/Mobile Style

1st: Arkansas On the internet staff members

Public Provider

2nd: “Youngsters in Peril,” Ginny Monk

Robert S. McCord Independence of Data Award

2nd: Preventing for standard information and facts, Eric Besson