Central City News Sweeps LPA Awards

Central City News Sweeps LPA Awards

The Central City News, which is published by Community Press, LLC, dominated the Better Newspaper Awards competition at this year’s Louisiana Press Association annual convention in New Orleans.

The Central paper won both the Advertising Sweepstakes and the Editorial Sweepstakes, meaning that it won more awards that any other newspaper in the state in each categories.

Among the awards won by the newspaper (not otherwise listed on Pages 40 and 41) were:


Best News Story – 1st Place – Report Card on School Board by Woody Jenkins. Judge’s comment: “I like the entire package, photos, layout and boxed items.  Use of bullets is effective.”

Best News Coverage – 2nd Place – Staff of Central City News.  Judge’s comment: “Clearly, there’s a lot going on in this community.  The paper does a good job of handling it all.”

Best Photo Package – 1st Place – New Ship Cruises from New Orleans by Woody Jenkins.  Judge’s comment: “Great action in these.  The collection had real emotion and made me feel as if I were there.”

Individual Feature Writing by a Non-Staff Writer – 1st Place – A Taste of Real Southern (African) Hospitality by Nathan Reynerson.


Best Ad Campaign – 1st Place – Reynerson’s Guns & Gunsmithing by Candi Lee.  Judge’s comment: “This series adequately displays the product and keeps it in the consumer’s mind. An old idea on steroids!”

Best Retail Ad – 1st Place – Mike Anderson’s by Candi Lee.  Judge’s comment: “Good use of photography and layout.”

Best Services Ad (non-retail) – 1st Place – Sinclair Dental by Candi Lee.  Appeared in Capital City News.

Best Staff Generated Color Ad – 1st Place – Cottage with Acreage by Woody Jenkins.  Judge’s comment: “Beautiful!  Front porch got me!”

Best In-Paper Promotion – 1st Place – Central Wildcat by Woody Jenkins

Community Service

Best Community Service – 1st Place – 2014 Central Election Guide by staff of Central City News.  Judge’s comment: “Hands down the best entry!  The staff there did an awesome job with this section — makes me wish I had the staff to do it here!  Great job!” “Election coverage isn’t an original idea but presenting it in a special section is a nice way to separate it from general news.  The amount of different editorial provided gives the readers a variety of topics to read about.  Election information can be boring but this section makes it more appealing.”


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