Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 9/4/18

Chris Cobler, Jeffery Gerritt, Sharon Grigsby and the Daily Press Editorial Staff (Newport News, Va.) 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 SNPA's News Industry Summit in Nashville. The winners also will be posted Oct. 11 by early afternoon on the SNPA website.

Several additional Honorable Mentions also will be announced Oct. 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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Next week: Finalists to be announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 8/28/18

The Sept. 4 issue of the SNPA eBulletin will include an announcement about the finalists for the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

Awards will be presented at the News Industry Summit in Nashville, Oct. 10-12.

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38 entries received in the "under 50,000" circulation bracket 6/7/18

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

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14 entries received in the "over 50,000" circulation bracket 6/6/18

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Last chance to submit an entry for outstanding editorial commentary; deadline is Friday 5/1/18

Every SNPA member newspaper has editorials that they are proud of. Please nominate your best writers for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. The deadline to submit entries is Friday.

In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $500.

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Next Friday is deadline for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize entries 2/11/18

"We must have the courage to never connive with special interests against the interest and welfare of the mass of people that we serve. We must have the courage to do that which may be unpleasant in order to maintain the health of the whole being of the newspaper." - CARMAGE WALLS, 1974

Daily and non-daily newspapers are encouraged to nominate their best work for the 2018 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Each entry can include no more than six opinion pieces, editorials or columns on a single subject. Entries must have been published in a daily or non-daily newspaper between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018.

Awards will be presented in each of two circulation categories – over 50,000 circulation and under 50,000 circulation. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 4.

In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $500.

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Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 10/26/17

Daily and non-daily newspapers are encouraged to nominate their best work for the annual Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Entry forms will be available on the SNPA website by late January each year.

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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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