News-Gazette Wins Two National Awards

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The News-Gazette was the recipient of two awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contests. Award winners were recognized Oct. 5 at the NNA’s 133rd annual Convention and Trade Show held at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis.

Publisher Matt Paxton received a second-place award for best serious column, daily and nondaily division, circulation 6,000 to 11,999. The award was for one of Paxton’s Ink Spots columns in which he wrote about “Lexington’s Newsies.” A judge called it an “intriguing piece on [the] history of newspaper distribution nationwide and locally.”

Kit Huffman, a long-time reporter and staff writer who recently retired, won an honorable mention award for best review, daily and nondaily division, for “A Timely History,” a review of David Cox’s book, “Lee Chapel At 150.” Huffman’s story and Cox’s book both dealt with a “central paradox of a virtuous man [Robert E. Lee] who fought for slavery.” According to a contest judge, “This is a marathon review which can be daunting, but the author keeps it interesting. A fine job.”

There were 1,303 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 207 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,510 entries. A total of 485 awards were won by 97 member newspapers in 36 states.

Established in 1885, the NNA is considered a voice of America’s community newspapers and is one of the largest newspaper associations in the country.

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