by Nate Hinkel
Posted 7/9/2007 12:00 am
Updated 2 years ago
This state's awards are annually judged by a different state, and this time around it was Texas.
The Democrat-Gazette lost the General Excellence award to its northwest rival The Morning News of Springdale, owned by Stephens Media Group.
"First, congratulations to The Morning News. It's a fine newspaper staffed by fine journalists, many of whom I know and admire," Frank Fellone, deputy editor at the D-G, wrote in an e-mail to Outtakes. "Second, you can't win them all."
Fellone said he believed it was the first time in about 15 years that the D-G didn't win the General Excellence award, which is considered the overall "Best of Show"-type trophy.
To its credit, the D-G still published the awards in its paper, and even mentioned The Morning News' win in the lead paragraph. Despite The Morning News taking home the most awards, the D-G did score one big victory as reporter C.S. Murphy won one of the most prestigious awards. The I.F. Stone Award, given annually for journalism that uncovers corruption or government- and business-related problems, went to Murphy for detailing questionable spending practices at the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.