Loose dogs and the 'North-South Gap' 9/18/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Even the judges noted that loose dogs in southern Dallas "might not seem to be an important issue." But, they said, Sharon Grigsby's editorials for The Dallas Morning News showed otherwise.

Grigsby, an editorial writer and columnist, is the winner in the over-50,000 division of the 2017 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. She has been hounding city leaders on the subject for years.

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School board should have listened 9/18/17

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

The Seguin Gazette, a five-day newspaper with a daily circulation of 3,500, is the winner in the under-50,000 division of the 2017 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler and Managing Editor Travis Webb won for a series of editorials and a column criticizing what they described as "extravagant" spending on the part of the members of the Seguin Independent School District board of trustees.

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Dallas and Seguin writers awarded Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 9/11/17

Writers for The Dallas Morning News and the Seguin Gazette took top honors in the competition this year for the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, presented Monday, Sept. 11, at the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.

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Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 8/22/17

Brian Colligan, Jeff Fowler, Sharon Grigsby, Dink NeSmith and Travis Webb are the finalists for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

The awards (first- and second-place honors in each circulation category) will be presented during the SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs. The winners also will be posted Sept. 11 by early afternoon on the SNPA website.

Several additional Honorable Mentions also will be announced Sept. 11.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.

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44 entries nominated for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 7/6/17

Forty-four entries have been nominated for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Read the entries and tell us which you feel are the strongest.

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13 entries received in the "over 50,000" circulation bracket 6/8/17

Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

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31 entries received in the "under 50,000" circulation bracket 6/7/17

Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

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Roger Chesley and John Hackworth honored with top awards 9/15/16

Roger Chesley, a columnist with The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., and John Hackworth, editor of The Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla., took first-place honors in this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize competition.

The awards were presented during an awards breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the News Industry Summit.

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Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 8/16/16

Roger Chesley, John Hackworth, Dink DeSmith and Matt Reed are the finalists for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

The awards (first- and second-place honors in each circulation category) will be presented during an awards breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the News Industry Summit. The winners also will be posted by mid-morning that day on the SNPA website.

Several additional Honorable Mentions also will be announced Sept. 15.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.

Awards in SNPA's Print Quality Contest and Photo Contest, as well as the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award also will be presented at the breakfast.

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40 entries nominated for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 5/13/16

Forty entries have been nominated for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Read the entries and tell us which you feel are the strongest.

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