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Statewide judges agree: Local staffers among best

Statewide judges agree: Local staffers among best
“Don’t toot your own horn; if you do a good job people will notice you.”
It’s a nice saying, but The Messenger is choosing to ignore it today because staff members recently earned 18 awards presented by three statewide organizations and we’re proud to make it known.
“We’re a small-town paper, but we’re proud to say our staff members do an excellent job of bringing all the news and sports coverage to our readers,” said Messenger Publisher David Critchlow Sr. “We have a superb staff — one we think the whole community should be proud of — and we’re thrilled to see them get the recognition they deserve.”
Messenger staffers garnered seven awards in the Tennessee Sports Writers Association contest, five awards in the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors contest and six awards in the Tennessee Press Association/Univer-sity of Tennessee contest. Nine awards were won by the sports department (see related story), eight were won by the news staff and one award was won by the advertising department.
In the TAPME contest, the awards included:
• First place for photojournalism for associate editor Donna Ryder’s coverage of the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
• First place for individual achievement/body of work in photography for Mrs. Ryder.
• First place for sports photography for David Fuzzell for his photo, “Close Calls,” from a South Fulton/Obion County Central softball game.
• Third place for photojournalism for Mrs. Ryder’s coverage of the Ridgemont Spring Heritage Days.
• Third place for individual achievement/body of work in photography for education page editor Chris Menees.
In the TPA contest, the awards included:
• Second place for education reporting, featuring the work of Mrs. Ryder, Mrs. Menees and special features editor Glenda Caudle.
• Third place for best personal humor column for Mrs. Menees’ “Just A Thought” entry “I’m just a ding-a-ling in a land of Southern belles,” a comical column about what happens when things don’t always go as planned.
• Third place for best spot news coverage for Mrs. Menees’ stories about a rural South Fulton fire that attracted national attention for its not being fought by firefighters.
• Fourth place for best spot news coverage by Mrs. Caudle about area Tea Party supporters protesting national health care legislation.
• Fifth place for best news photograph by Heather Rodgers, who is an advertising representative but snapped a picture of a vehicle that had backed up onto a dumpster, with rescue workers helping the driver from the car.
• Fifth place for best headline writing, won by former sports reporter Kenneth Coker.
Published in The Messenger 8.4.11

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