Not a first place, second place, third place, or even an honorable mention.
I have to wonder if the folks at The Town Talk even entered the competition, because, from the looks of it, awards were given to numerous publications, including Alexandria’s own LBC Live (which I presume is about the Louisiana Baptist Conference?). Quoting (bold mine):
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The Courier (Houma), Jennings Daily News, The Daily News (Bogalusa), the Tri-Parish Times & BusinessNews (Houma), The Plaquemines Gazette (Belle Chasse), and The Bunkie Record earned Newspaper of the Year honors in their respective divisions at the 129th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Baton Rouge.
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 2008 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 Kansas Press Association judged both competitions this winter.
Seventy-nine newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,812 entries.
For a paper that has remained an institution in this community for over 150 years, a paper about which an entire book was written, this is just embarassing.
On a good note, congratulations to Greg Peters of Suspect Device for winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for his brilliant editorial cartoons.