Lagniappe took home six awards in the recently announced “Green Eyeshades Awards” journalism contest, which is hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and judges journalism from 11 Southeastern states.
Reporter Jason Johnson took home two awards in the Investigative Reporting/Non-Dailies category, with a First Place win for “Prichard Police Department won’t discuss vehicle pursuit policies,” and also Second Place for “Perp Walks: An anomaly in Alabama, a staple in Mobile” about the prevalence of perp walks used by the Mobile Police Department.
Johnson also took Third Place in the Sports Reporting/Non-Dailies category for “Local schools competing in Alabama’s inaugural esports season.”
Arts Editor Kevin Lee received Third Place recognition for Feature Writing/Non-Dailies for “Survivors, first responders reflect on Sunset Limited disaster.”
Reporter Dale Liesch took Third Place in the Public Affairs Reporting/Non-Dailies category for “Mobile Housing Board hit by phishing scam.”
And in Serious Commentary/Non-Dailies, Rob Holbert’s “Damn the Torpedoes” column took Third Place.
The Green Eyeshades Awards contest was established in 1950 by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and is now administered by the southeastern regional directors for the SPJ in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The standoff between AT&T/DirectTV and WPMI-TV and UTV 44 is getting close to heading into its third week of the local NBC affiliate not being carried on the television service providers.
WPMI General Manager Bobby Totsch had said last week he believed the issue would be settled soon, but that has stretched out into this week. Still, Totsch is optimistic the stations will soon be back on AT&T/DirecTV.
“I was supposed to hear something this week and we’re still waiting,” he said. “It’s a David and Goliath issue.”
Totsch has encouraged viewers who are missing out to go “old school” in the meantime.
“I know there are many folks who went and got antennas,” he said.
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