Patterson wins top journalism award


For a second straight year The Yazoo Herald has claimed the top general news award among all weekly newspapers in the state.

Jason Patterson was presented the Bill Minor Award at a joint convention of the Louisiana and Mississippi Press Associations Saturday in New Orleans.

Herald Managing Editor Jamie Patterson earned the award the previous year.

Jason and Jamie Patterson earned the Bill Minor Award for Investigative and In Depth Reporting among all newspapers in the state in 2011.

“Winning the top award for news coverage isn’t something that we ever expected, but we are honored to receive that kind of recognition for our newspaper and for our community,” Jason Patterson said. “To win it two years in a row just gives us some confidence that our hard work is paying off. We are determined to give our readers the best local newspaper we can, and we take this as a sign that we are heading in the right direction.”

Jamie Patterson won first place awards for General Interest Column, a category she regularly wins, and Best Feature Story for an article she wrote about Yazoo County resident Williams Tubbs’ military service in Vietnam.

Cathryn Cartwright won a first place award for Best General News Photograph for a photo of Yazoo County football players shaving deputy Dustin Wadford’s head after earning a district title. She and Jason Patterson also won a first place award for Best Business News Story for a report on Hastee Tastee closing and its history in the community.

The Yazoo Herald won sixteen awards overall.

The Herald made a little history with one of the youngest winners with James Patterson, 10, winning a second place award for Best Use of Social Media. The award was for videos James Patterson shot on the sidelines of local football games, highlighted by a touchdown pass from Yazoo County’s Kenneth Gainwell to wide receiver Dontrell Green.

“James has been on the sidelines of football games with me since he could walk,” Jason Patterson said. “It was his idea to start taking videos, and after a little practice he started getting pretty good at it. Some of those videos got a lot of feedback on The Herald’s Twitter page.”