Last month, The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association presented Dink NeSmith with a Carmage Walls Commentary Award during SNPA’s News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla. NeSmith placed second in the under 50,000 newspaper circulation category for a series of six columns published in The Press Sentinel in January through this past April.
The judges noted that the high quality of entries in this year's contest made choosing winners particularly difficult. They said the communities served by all of the writers who submitted entries are fortunate to have passionate advocates writing for their local newspapers. John Hackworth, editor of the Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla., took first-place honors in the under 50,000 circulation category for his column about a Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate that was beaten to death. The column also earned Hackworth a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year.