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Press staff bring home awards

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By The Staff

Three LaFollette Press journalists were recently recognized for their writing skills.

Press Reporter Jennifer Caldwell, Editor Susan Sharp, and Sports Editor Dwane Wilder were among the winners when Landmark Community Newspapers handed out its annual editorial awards.

Caldwell took second place in the column writing division for weekly publications. The judges said she had a “nice diversity of topics” among the columns she authored. They found her piece about the Caldwell family chasing a bull through the Glades Springs community amusing. While her column on the search for Campbell County’s new director of schools was “an important community issue,” they said.

Sharp was recognized with a second place finish for her news writing. The judges said “what made Sharp’s entry exceptional was her clear, concise writing and the depth of her fairness in her reporting.” Her “skilled writing gives readers a thorough understanding of the story,” judges said.

Wilder brought home an honorable mention in sports writing.

His coverage of an elk release was noted for focusing on one animal. “Even though it was an animal, it still gave it that people – piece feeling,” judges said. They also noted his game stories were “executed very nicely” without “too much play by play.”

Landmark Community Newspapers is the parent company of the LaFollette Pres. It owns over 50 community newspapers that also competed for awards this year.