The Paragould Daily Press earned six awards during this year’s Arkansas Press Association virtual convention held in September.

Judges for the annual Better Newspaper Contest this year were members of the Kansas Press Association.

Judges considered submissions from Arkansas newspapers in many categories that were published from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.

The Daily Press mostly competed in the smaller dailies division of newspapers in Arkansas, which also included: The Harrison Daily Times; The Saline Courier in Benton; The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs; and The Times-Herald in Forrest City. In some categories all dailies, whether large or small, were in competition with each other.

Daily Press Editor Steve Gillespie won first place in the news feature photograph category for his photo titled “Boogie Woogie,” which was published in June of last year.

Daily Press Staff Writer Gary Exelby won a first place award in the general interest column category for his column titled “Before truth has chance to get its pants on,” published in August 2019.

Both Exelby and Gillespie also shared a first place award for overall coverage of health and medical issues during 2019.

Exelby won a second place award for coverage of tourism.

Gillespie won a second place award in the general interest column category for his column titled “A Bonnie and Clyde road trip,” published in October 2019, and a second place award for best news story for his article titled “EV owner says added fees in highway-funding plan unfair,” published in March 2019.

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