BATON ROUGE – The Plaquemine Post/South won two first-place awards and had 10 other entries place at the 133rd Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Baton Rouge on Saturday evening.
Seventy-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,561 entries. Awards were presented at the LPA's awards banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel.
Competing among other newspapers across the state, the Post/South took second-place honors in Division 5 for "Best News Coverage." The Post/South also placed second for "Best Classified Section or Page."
Editor Peter Silas Pasqua earned honorable mention for "Best Photo Package."
Graphic designers Sabrina Linton and Rodney Gascon each won first-place awards in the categories "Staff Generated – Black & White" and "In Paper Promotion," respectively.
The duo along with Crystal Barrett and staff also had three entries place in the "Best Ad Campaign" category earning second-place, third-place and honorable mention.
Graphic designer Penny Martinez placed second in the category "In Paper Promotion."
Linton also won a second-place award in the "Best Services Ad – Non Retail" category and placed third in the "Staff Generated – Black & White" category.
Gascon and Sasha Savoy placed third in the "Multiple Advertiser Page" category.
The designation for the Newspaper of the Year is based on the number of points earned in the Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and the Better Newspaper Advertising Competition for 2012 with awards being given in individual contests for first, second, third places and honorable mention.
The editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness.
The Alabama Press Association, the Arkansas Press Association, and the Mississippi Press Association judged both competitions this year.