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BC-AR--Arkansas APME-Finalists, ADVISORY, AR

February 26, 2019

Finalists have been announced in the 2018 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors newspaper contest.

The awards in actual order of finish _ first, second and third places _ will be posted online at http://discover.ap.org/contests/arkansas-newspaper in the next few weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the finalists and contact Lisa Sheldon (lsheldon@ap.org) or 503-557- 8173 by Sunday, March 3, to report any misspelled names, titles or other problems.

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Finalists in the 2018 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors contest:

DIVISION II:

Spot News Story: Bill Bowden, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Deaths at 17 in Sinking; a Rush to Rescue in Vain”; Jennifer Middleton, Texarkana Gazette, “TC President Russell Resigns”; Steven Mross, Richard Rasmussen and David Showers, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “High Water Leads to Rescue, School, Road Closures.”

Spot News Photo: Mitchell Pe Masilun, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Injury Accident on I-30”; Richard Rasmussen, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Fire Destroys Building”; Richard Rasmussen, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Swept Away.”

News Feature: Aaron Brand, Texarkana Gazette, “A Piece of Railroad History and a New Dream for Downtown”; Ginny Monk, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Girl’s Mutation a Rarity in World”; Clara Turnage, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Mother’s Call for Help Ends with Son’s Death.”

Editorial Writing: David Barham and Walter Hussman, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Progress! Progress!”; Mark Gregory, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “City’s Lack of Transparency Leaves Citizens in the Dark”; Russell McDermott, Texarkana Gazette, “King and Council.”

Headline: Stevon Gamble, Texarkana Gazette, “Oh, the Hue-Manity”; Stevon Gamble, Texarkana Gazette, “Rock Enroll”; Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, “REDI Set to Go.”

News Coverage: Greg Bischof, Jennifer Middleton and Karl Richter, Texarkana Gazette, “Arkansas, Texas Governors’ Visit”; Mark Gregory, David Showers and Steven Mross, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Heavy Rains Flood Roads, Cause Lakes to Rise”; (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Elections 2018.”

Beat Reporting: Hunter Field, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Medical Marijuana”; Lynn LaRowe, Texarkana Gazette, “Sexual Assault and Survivors”; Emily Walkenhorst and Eric Besson, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Business Reporting: Beth Reed, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Oaklawn Unveils $100 Million-Plus Expansion”; Karl Richter, Texarkana Gazette, “REDI Set to Go”; David Showers, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Aristocrat Residents Sweat out Dispute Between Owner, City.”

Education Reporting: Cynthia Howell, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Judge over 35-Year-Old Case Tours 3 Schools”; Jennifer Middleton, Texarkana Gazette, “Game Changer.”

Political Reporting: Karl Richter, Texarkana Gazette, “Congressmen for the Region Speak out”; David Showers, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Ballot Error Shuts Down Early Voting”; David Showers and Steven Mross, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Questions Surround Conduct of Judicial Candidates.”

Health Related Topics: Lori Dunn, Texarkana Gazette, “Mother, Daughter Share Both Sides of Addiction, Recovery”; Emma Pettit, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “The Search for Mother’s Milk”; Kat Stromquist, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Peanut-Allergy Trial Holds Hope for Kids.”

Special Project- Community Service: Lori Dunn, Ashley Gardner and Lynn LaRowe, Texarkana Gazette, “Opioid Crisis”; Lisa Hammersly, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Widow’s Tax”; Ginny Monk, John Moritz and Ryan Tarinelli, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Violent Reality.”

Non-Traditional News Item: Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, “In-Depth Look at the Texarkana Industrial Index”; Kirk Montgomery, Nikki Dawes and Tom Murphy, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Texas A&M’s 6-Year Reign”; Richard Rasmussen and Jason Wilson, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Heavy Rains Flood Roads.”

Column-Hard News: John Brummett, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Elizabeth Endures”; Philip Martin, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “The Price We Pay”; Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, “Job Creation Must be this Region’s No. 1 Priority.”

Column-Lifestyle Human Interest: Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, “How We Flicked off Those Flickering Flies”; Celia Storey, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Four Die as Peace Breaks out”; Christy Busby Worsham, Texarkana Gazette, “An Ode to Why Rocking Relaxes and Revives Us.”

Sports Story: Jeremy Muck, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Salt Bowl Cut Short”; Tom Murphy, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “1 More to Settle It”; Josh Richert, Texarkana Gazette, “Heroic Effort not Enough: Lady Mustangs Fall to SGA in Final, 8-3.”

Spot Sports Photo: Mitchell Pe Masilun, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “High School Basketball State Championship Stretch”; Hunt Mercier, Texarkana Gazette, “Back in Action”; Richard Rasmussen, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Upward Bound.”

Sports Feature: Jay Bell, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Wallace, Longtime ‘Voice of Oaklawn,’ Dies at 74”; Tim Cooper, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Small-Town Guy a Big-Time Coach”; Bob Holt, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Riches not Gafford’s Driving Force.”

Feature Sports Photo: Grace Brown, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Lady Trojans Dethrone Chapel”; Mitchell Pe Masilun, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Boy’s 7A State Champions”; Richard Rasmussen, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Unbridled Joy.”

Sports Column: Jay Bell, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Adjusted Alignment Typical from AAA”; Jay Bell, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “To Cherish a Fleeting Moment of Triumph”; Bob Wisener, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Van Berg: Racing’s True Stayer.”

Feature Photo: Staton Breidenthal, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Lapping up the Derby”; Grace Brown, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record, “Into the Wild”; Hunt Mercier, Texarkana Gazette, “One Man’s Treasure.”

Photographer’s Portfolio: Mitchell Pe Masilun, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Tommy Metthe, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Richard Rasmussen, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record.

Graphics: Nikki Dawes, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Kirk Montgomery, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Digital (Formerly Website): Kristen Doss and Jason Hopkins, Texarkana Gazette; Mark Gregory, Steven Mross and Brittany Weaver, The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record; (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Page Design: Stevon Gamble, Texarkana Gazette; Stevon Gamble, Texarkana Gazette; Steve Rogers, Stan Denman and Heather Kersten, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Digital Storytelling: Rachel Herzog and Gavin Lesnick, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “2018 Little Rock Marathon”; Jeanne Roberts, Mitchell Pe Masilun and Gavin Lesnick, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “That Moment of Chaos’: 20 Years Since Westside Middle School Shooting”; (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Violent Reality: Arkansas Ranks 7th in Gun Deaths, but Weapons Restrictions not on Table.”

Service to FOI: Ginny Monkk and Eric Besson, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Coroners”; Stephen Steed, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “EPA Scientists’ Dicamba Input Went Unheeded”; Ron Wood and Greg Harton, (Little Rock) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Judge Orders Redacted Records Released.”

DIVISION I:

Spot News Story: Haley Smith, El Dorado News-Times, “Lightning Strike Causes Fire at SouthArk”; Jeanette Stewart, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Ferris Wheel Malfunctions.”

Spot News Photo: Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Burned Down”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Helping Hands”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Over There.”

News Feature: Marisa Hicks, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Local Hero Added to Conway’s Fallen Firefighters Memorial”; Michael Shine, El Dorado News-Times, “King of Racing, Local Teen Works to Compete in Big Leagues”; Michael Shine, El Dorado News-Times, “Local Teen Recognized by Medical Professionals for Heroic Efforts.”

Headline: Eden Corley, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “No Pain, No Rain, No Maine.”

Beat Reporting: Marisa Hicks, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat; Tia Lyons, El Dorado News-Times, “Razing Problems - Abandoned, Condemned Houses in El Dorado.”

Business Reporting: Caitlan Butler, El Dorado News-Times, “El Dorado Golf and Country Club Looks to Move into the 21st Century.”

Education Reporting: Hilary Andrews, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Districts Talk Paddling”; Caitlan Butler, El Dorado News-Times, ”‘Focus’ Elementary Schools See Differing Results in State Scoring Index”; Caitlan Butler, El Dorado News-Times, “Trying to Prepare for the Worst.”

Political Reporting: Caitlan Butler, El Dorado News-Times, “Cotton Talks Trade, Tough Tactics”; Jeanette Stewart, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Candidate is Arrested.”

Health Related Topics: Hilary Andrews, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Baptist Health Makes Plan to Combat SIDS”; Hilary Andrews, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Cardiologist’s Heart to Heart”; Caitlan Butler, El Dorado News-Times, “Crossett Woman Finds New Life with CBD Oil.”

Special Project- Community Service: Jeanette Stewart, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Homelessness in Conway”; El Dorado News-Times, “Union County Nursing Homes and Medicare Ratings”; El Dorado News-Times, “Violence Intervention Plan in Union County.”

Non-Traditional News Item: Hilary Andrews, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Community Leaders Talk New Year’s Resolutions.”

Column-Hard News: (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Hearing Hicks: Death Row not as Pleasant as Scotty Gardner Thought It Would Be.”

Column-Lifestyle Human Interest: Travis Simpson, The (Russellville) Courier, “Lessons My Husky Taught Me”; Travis Simpson, The (Russellville) Courier, “They Said Dance Like No One is Watching, so I Did.”

Sports Story: Kev Moye, El Dorado News-Times, “Dragons Claim Championship”; Andy Robertson, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Despite Midseason Coaching Change, CCS Shows Dominance”; Andy Robertson, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Season Ends for Sugar Bears in Front of Raucous Crowd.”

Spot Sports Photo: Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Come to Me”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Going for the Goal”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Holding on Tight.”

Sports Feature: Tony Burns, El Dorado News-Times, “Local Gymnast Back on Beam”; Andy Robertson, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Bear’s Freshman Hales Stays Humble After Electric First Start”; Andy Robertson, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “Conway’s Grimes Fights Back from Devastating Injury.”

Feature Sports Photo: Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Disc Golfer”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Soccer Boys.”

Sports Column: Eli Cranor, The (Russellville) Courier, “Old Bull”; Travis Simpson, The (Russellville) Courier, “The Magic and Metaphor of Fishing.”

Feature Photo: Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Jumping High”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “One Last Run”; Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times, “Putting on a Show.”

Photographer’s Portfolio: Terrance Armstard, El Dorado News-Times; Jeanette Stewart, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat.

Page Design: Kelsey Womack and Haley Smith, El Dorado News-Times.

Service to FOI: Marisa Hicks, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “FCDC Inmate Dies Following Attack”; Jeanette Stewart, (Conway) Log Cabin Democrat, “OEM Staff Short by Three.”

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