Norfolk and New Braunfels Papers Take Top Carmage Walls Commentary Awards

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The winners in the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize competition were announced Monday during SNPA's News Industry Summit. Awards were announced by Lissa Walls Vahldiek, vice president and chief operating officer of Southern Newspapers, Inc., Houston, Texas, and daughter of the late Benjamin Carmage Walls, for whom these awards are named.

First-place honors were presented to:

Over 50,000 circulation:

Under 50,000 circulation:

  • Doug Toney, publisher, and Autumn Phillips, managing editor, New Braunfels (Texas) Herald-Zeitung. Their series of editorials and columns served as the catalyst for change in development standards in New Braunfels. Read the five columns and editorials that made up this entry: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

Second-place honors went to:

Over 50,000 circulation:

Under 50,000 circulation:

  • Scott Morris, executive editor of the TimesDaily, Florence, Ala., who wrote about an FOI case that the newspaper won. Read the entry

Honorable Mentions
In addition, two honorable mentions were announced in each of the circulation categories.

Over 50,000 circulation:

  • Tod Robberson, editorial writer, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, who wrote about industrial zoning failures.

Under 50,000 circulation:

  • Paco Nunez, news editor, The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas, who wrote that it's time to do away with the Christian Council. Read the entry

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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