LPA Honors St. George Leader’s Staff With 12 First Place Awards for News, Ads

The St. George Leader and other community newspapers published by Community Press, LLC, once again dominated the Better Newspaper Awards competition conducted by the 110 newspapers of the Louisiana Press Association.

The Community Press, LLC group, which also includes the Central City News in the City of Central and its startup publications, the Istrouma Journal and the St. George Leader, won 12 first-place awards in competition with community newspapers across Louisiana.

Editor Woody Jenkins said, “It is gratifying to be honored by our peers in the journalism profession and recognized for our work throughout the year. We accept these awards on behalf of the communities we serve and hope it calls attention to Central, North Baton Rouge, and St. George, where we are honored to serve.”

Perhaps the most important award was the Community Service Award. This award is given to only one daily newspaper in the state and one community newspaper in the state.


• Community Service Award – 1st Place – The judges determined that the Istrouma Journal made an outstanding contribution to North Baton Rouge by its work to help re-open Istrouma High School. 


Investigative Reporting, Gibbs Adams Award – 1st Place – “Russian Intelligence Heightened Tensions Here by Initiating an Alton Sterling Protest at BRPD” by Woody Jenkins.  This story ran in all three publications.

Best Front Page – 1st Place – Central City News’ May 2019 Graduation  Edition was chosen best front page in the state. Designed by Woody Jenkins.  The Istrouma Journal won 2nd Place for the September front page, “Istrouma Mourns Reginald Douglas.” The St. George Leader won 3rd Place for the October 24 edition’s front page, “St. George Votes Yes!”

Best Single Editorial 1st PlaceSt. George Leader, “Mayor President Broome Will Not Be Able to Continue as Plaintiff Against St. George,” by editor Woody Jenkins. Judges said, “Out of the gate, the writer makes a powerful point and continues to hammer the evidence which backs it up, ultimately delivering a fact-based and conclusive exclamation point. Solid writing style. Good use of the legalities to present the argument. Well done!”

• Best Regular Column, Sam Hanna Award – 1st PlaceSt. George Leader by editor Woody Jenkins – “Never-St. George Groups Push Annexation” and “Why BRPD Officers Live Outside City.” 

Best Feature Story  – 1st Place – St. George Leader, “How a Prominent Civil Rights Leader, Acie Belton, Set in Motion St. George.” by editor Woody Jenkins. A judge said, “I was impressed by the writing and topic. It was a fascinating look at an important topic. Well done!”

Best Sports Column – 3rd Place – Central City News, “Can Central Repeat as State Baseball Champions?” by editor Woody Jenkins.  

Best Sports Story – 1st Place – Central City News, “Central’s Steve Ensminger Helped Guide LSU’s Joe Burrow To Season of Greatness” by editor Woody Jenkins.  

Best Headline – 2nd Place – St. George Leader – “St. George Votes Yes!” by editor Woody Jenkins.  


Best Overall Website – 1st Place – Central City News on Facebook by Woody Jenkins, Jolice Provost, and Kim Powers. 

Best News Video – 1st PlaceSt. George Leader,  “Election Night” by Woody Jenkins. 

In 2nd and 3rd Place our sister publication The Istrouma Journal, with the “Breakfast of Champions” video and the video coverage of Istrouma High’s principal, Reginald Douglas’ funeral service. 


Best Photo Package – 1st Place – by Ron Moore – St. George Leader – “Parkview Falls to Catholic.” The judges said, “This was an engaging package around the sights and sounds of a high school football game. Several very good action shots in the mix.”

Best Photo Package – 2nd Place – St. George Leader – “St. George Election,” by Woody Jenkins- . The judges said, “The candid shots from election night stood out.”

Best Photo Package – 3rd Place – Central City News – “Central High at Istrouma High” by Shane Evans – . The judges said, “Several good actions shots and a nice flavor from the scrimmage.”

Best News Photo – 1st Place –  St. George Leader – “A Joyous Victory for Supporters of St. George” by Stacy Hudson. The judges said, “Pretty good body posture and drapery for the flag.”

• Best Feature Photo – 3rd Place – Central City News – “Hot Crawfish” by Jolice Provost – The judges said, “Good composition of a colorful subject, unusual and on target for the event.”

Best Sports Photo – 1st Place – Istrouma Journal – “All-State Sophomore Running Back Le’Vean Moss” by Shane Evans – . Judges said, “An important player captured in good action, angle and a tense moment.”

• Best Sports Photo – 2nd Place – Central City News – “Central Quarterback, Sam Kenerson” by Shane Evans. Judges said, “A central character well lit and framed.”

• Best Sports Photo – 3rd Place – Central City News – “Central Wildcats Take the field at W.A. Mumford Stadium” by Jolice Provost. Judges said, “Dramatic moment well done, but predictable.”


Best Front Page – 1st Place – Central City News’ front page for May 2020 by editor Woody Jenkins.  The St. George Leader, won 2nd Place for Best Front Page in the competition!

Best Layout and Design – 1st Place – Central City News – “Guide for Night Owls, What’s Open Late Night in Central” by editor Woody Jenkins.

The Istrouma Journal won 2nd Place for layout and design for the “Istrouma Mourns Regional Douglas” front page. In 3rd Place was the St. George Leader for the “St. George Votes Yes!” front page.


Best Ad Campaign – 3rd Place – St. George Leader – “Franklin Foil for State Senate” series by Woody Jenkins. • • Best Success Story of an Ad – 1st Place – Central City News – “Play-by-Play” ad by Woody Jenkins  

Since 2007, the Central City News, Istrouma Journal, and St. George Leader have won more than 200 state and national journalism awards.

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