From Staff Reports
The Webster Progress-Times was honored with two awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were presented Saturday during the newspaper trade group’s annual meeting in Biloxi. The WPT competed in the Weekly B category along with other mid-size weeklies. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2013.
Former staff writer Ruthie Robison and News Editor Russell Hood won third place for Best Picture-Story Combination. They were recognized for the Jan. 24, 2013, article “Fire guts courthouse” and accompanying photos about the previous week’s fire at the Webster County Courthouse.
Robison is now lifestyles editor at the Greenwood Commonwealth, where she also won two second-place BNC awards for her work there.
Staff Writer Daniel Brunty won third place for Best Spot News Photograph for his photo that accompanied the Oct. 24 article “Officer, suspect killed during pursuit.”
His photo showed law enforcement officers with weapons drawn and emergency responders in the median of U.S. 82 securing and stabilizing an armed robbery suspect injured in a high-speed pursuit.
Cpl. Keith Crenshaw of the Eupora Police Department Crenshaw was killed Oct. 23 while deploying a spike strip during the vehicle pursuit on U.S. 82 at the exit to Mississippi 9. The subjects in the car were being pursued in connection with that morning’s attempted robbery of CB&S Bank in Eupora and the armed robbery of Speedee Cash in Grenada.
Established in 1866, MPA is the trade association for 120 member publications.
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