BPT wins eight LPA awards

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The Bossier Press-Tribune brought home eight awards in the Louisiana Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Competition.

The BPT received second place in the General Excellence category and second place in the Best Front Page category for their Dec. 9, 2015 edition.

Sports Editor Russell Hedges and Managing Editor Amanda Simmons received first place in the Best Feature Story category for their collaborative piece on Haughton High football coach Rodney Guin. The article (Haughton’s Coach Guin looks back) was printed the week Guin made his final regular-season home game appearance as the Buccaneer’s coach.
 {http://bossierpress.com/haughtons-coach-guin-looks-back/}

Simmons also received:
-First place in the Best News Story category for her story on the roadway dedications for Army Private First Class Joshua C. Burrows and Army Sergeant Craig Nelson {http://bossierpress.com/local-roadways-dedicated-in-memory-of-fallen-soldiers/}

-Third place in the Best News Story category for her coverage of the Joe Delaney Park in Haughton {http://bossierpress.com/sign-of-things-to-come/}

-Second place in the Best Feature Story category for her feature on four graduating seniors from Airline High School {http://bossierpress.com/going-their-own-ways-airline-students-prepare-for-future-apart-after-childhood-together/}

-Second place in the Best Sports Story category for her piece on Bossier High’s split end receiver Calin Farmer {http://bossierpress.com/standing-tall/}

Sean Green received third place in the Best Single Editorial category for his ‘Vote Yes on Hotel/Motel Tax’ column.

All of the Bossier Press-Tribune’s awards were in Division 3 categories.
 The awards were announced at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Lake Charles over the weekend.

Awards are given in individual contests for first, second, and third places. 
Editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness.

Fifty-eight newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 2,777 entries in the 2015 competition. The Alabama Press Association judged both competitions.