DJ MPA awards

The Daily Journal received 41 awards from the Mississippi Press Association. Among the first-place winners were, from left, Adam Robison, Thomas Wells, Elizabeth Walters, Caleb Bedillion and Parrish Alford.

Tupelo • The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal received 41 awards from the Mississippi Press Association, including the MPA’s highest honor, a first place for General Excellence.

Chief photographer Thomas Wells was the recipient of both the MPA Photo of the Year and AP Photo of the Year for Mississippi. Wells’ winning photo was of the funeral of Mississippi Highway Patrolman Josh Smith.

Daily Journal first-place honors included Caleb Bedillion, spot news story; Parrish Alford, sports news story; Logan Lowery, sports column; W. Derek Russell, commentary column; Wells, general news photo, spot news photo and sports feature photo; Adam Robison, feature photo and personality portrait; and Leslie Criss, editorials.

In addition to the coveted General Excellence Award, the Journal also won first place in design and for front page. 

Second-place awards went to William Moore, general news story and planned series; Brad Locke, sports news story; Alford, sports column and game story; Wells, general news photo and personality portrait; and Robison, sports action photo, spot news photo and feature photo. The Daily Journal also won second place for sports page or section, its editorial page, editorials and its Lifestyle page. Mud & Magnolia won second for magazine/periodical.

Garnering third-place honors went to John Pitts, sports column; Pitts and Cathy Wood, game story; Bedillion, commentary column; Michaela Morris, feature story; Robison, general news photo and sports feature photo; Wells, spot news photo, sports action photo, feature photo and personality portrait; and Russell, editorials. The Daily Journal’s website also was recognized for third place.

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