Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award
In alphabetical order, the finalists in this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize competition are:
- Keith Magill, executive editor of The Courier, Houma, La. Read his four-part entry about hurricanes and hurricane protection:
- Glenn Marston, editorial page editor of The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla., who wrote about open government in Polk County and Florida. Read his six-part entry:
- Taylor Batten, editorial page editor of The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, for columns about negotiations between Charlotte and the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Read his entry:
- Mac Thrower, opinion page editor, The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, for a series on bringing the beachside back to life.
The awards (first- and second-place honors in each circulation category) will be presented during a group lunch on Monday, Oct. 14, at the News Industry Summit. The winners also will be posted that afternoon on the SNPA website.
An additional Honorable Mention also will be announced in each circulation category.
The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.
Awards in SNPA's Print Quality Contest, as well as the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award also will be presented at the group lunch.