Jamie Patterson wins top journalism award


For a third straight year, The Yazoo Herald has earned a Bill Minor Award.

Jamie Patterson earned the award for Best Investigative Reporting for her work covering the Yazoo City Housing Authority. The award is an overall state award judged from all top investigative journalism winners presented at the Mississippi Press Association’s annual convention in Biloxi.

It is Jamie Patterson’s third time overall to win the award. She and Jason Patterson won the Bill Minor Award in 2010 for coverage following the devastating tornado in Yazoo, and she won the award in 2017 for her coverage of a pair of residents who purchased property without being informed that there were large tax bills attached to the properties.

Jason Patterson won the award last year.

The Yazoo Herald won 21 awards overall at this year’s convention.

Jamie Patterson also won first place awards for Best Lede and Best General News Story, and third place for General Interest Column, Commentary Column and Best News Package.

Jason Patterson won first place awards for Best Business Story, Best Personality Portrait and Best Sports News Story, second place awards for Editorials, Sports News Story, Best Use of Social Media, and third place awards for Spot News Photograph, Best Use of Social Media, and Best Editorial Page.

Cathryn Cartwright won first place for Sports Feature Photo, second place awards for Sports Feature, Feature Photograph, and a third place award for Feature Photograph.

Jason and Jamie Patterson also placed second for the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award.

The Herald placed third for General Excellence.

Jason Patterson said it’s always rewarding to have success in the annual newspaper contest, but what matters most is how local readers judge the product.

“We are always pleased to see how our newspaper stacks up against others from around the state, and we take our performance as evidence that we’re on track to accomplishing our goal, which is to provide our community with the best local newspaper we can with the resources we have available,” Jason Patterson said. “I am particularly proud of Jamie winning the Bill Minor Award because I know how hard she works, and I know how much she cares about serving this community. It’s good to see that work recognized.”