The Plaquemine Post South continued its award-winning history after bringing home 21 awards, including eight first place finishes, and claiming the top spot in advertising sweepstakes at the Louisiana Press Assocation/Mississippi Press Association Joint Convention held in Biloxi, Mississippi July 6-8.

First place finishes for the Post South include: Best News Coverage, Best Overall Website, Staff Generated Color Ad, Best Ad Campaign, Multiple Advertiser Page, Best Special Section: Advertising, Best Online Ad Static and Best Online Ad Animated.

Second place finishes include: Best Front Page, Best Single Editorial, Best Sports Photo, Best Special Section: Editorial (Men of Iberville), Staff Generated Color, Best Classified Section, Best Retailer Ad, Best Special Section: Advertising, Best Online Ad Static and Best Online Ad Animated.

Third place finishes include: Best Sports Coverage, Best Special Section: Advertising,  and Best Online Ad Static.

Newspaper of the Year honors went to The Advocate (Baton Rouge), The Courier (Houma), the Daily Comet (Thibodaux), The Daily News (Bogalusa) The St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte), and the Amite Tangi-Digest (Amite), in their respective divisions.

The designation for the Newspaper of the Year is based on the number of points earned in the Better Newspaper Competition for 2016, with awards being given in individual contests for first, second, and third places. The editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity, and effectiveness. The Texas Press Association judged the competition this year.

Forty-seven newspapers, publications, and college, and university student newspapers submitted 2,408 entries.

Earning sweepstakes awards in the editorial competition were The Advocate (Baton Rouge), The Advertiser (Lafayette), Daily Comet (Thibodaux), The Daily News (Bogalusa), St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte) and the Southwest Daily News (Sulphur).

Earning sweepstakes awards in the advertising competition were The Advocate (Baton Rouge), The Courier (Houma), Daily Comet (Thibodaux), The Daily News (Bogalusa), St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte), and the Plaquemine Post/South (Plaquemine).