Arkansas Press Women announced the winners of its annual Communications Contest Saturday afternoon on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Work produced in a variety of communications fields during 2021 was eligible to for the competition.

First-place winners in the APW Communications Contest are eligible to advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition if they are members of NFPW. Forty-eight Arkansas entries are competing nationally. NFPW will announce its winners during the organization’s annual conference June 23-25 in Fargo, N.D. The awards banquet will be the final event of the 2022 conference. To learn more about the conference visit Conference (nfpw.org).

Dwain Hebda of Little Rock, president of Ya!Mule Wordsmiths, Inc., took top honors, earning the 2022 Sweepstakes Award. Tammy Keith, a freelance writer from Conway, was Sweepstakes runner-up. 

The following individuals received awards in Arkansas Press Women’s 2022 Professional Communications Contest. 

Jaime Adame, reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing > Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News for Fulbright and Steinmetz resignation
    Co-entrant: Cynthia Howell

Maria Aguilar, Executive Editor, at John Brown University won:

  • Third Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Features for Walton alumna elected to JBU’s board of trustees
  • Third Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > News for Here’s why young Americans are quitting their jobs
  • Second Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Opinion/Editorial/Reviews for A defense of JBU’s communication department
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Opinion/Editorial/Reviews for Why I, a Christian, advocate for secularism
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Art and design > Photographs for NWA is our home: Protesters stand for Black and transgender Arkansas
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing >News for We remember: JBU community reflects on connections to 9/11

Spencer Bailey, News Editor, at John Brown University won:

  • Honorable Mention in Collegiate / Education > Writing > News for Gabby Petito case comes to a close as fiancé Brian Laundrie found dead
  • Honorable Mention in Collegiate / Education > Writing > News for Recent waves of Title IX issues pummel Christian universities

Jenny Boulden, Freelance writer/editor, at Freelance writer/editor won:

  • First Place in Writing > Personality Profile > More than 500 words for High Profile: Paul Hayley Guess spreads Christmas cheer from Des Arc warehouse
  • First Place in Writing > Feature Story > Magazine, newsletter/other publication for A nose for the missing: Arkansas search and rescue dogs and their handlers answer the call

Bill Bowden, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Obituary for Sweet Sweet Connie
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Green/environmental for Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Kelly Brant, Food editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Food for Pepper and spice
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Food for Just peachy

Sean Clancy, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for Buried past
    Co-entrant: Cary Jenkins
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Personality Profile > More than 500 words for Charles Goodrum
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Physical health for Fastest game on grass
    Co-entrant: Cary Jenkins

Margaret Conner, Medicaid special needs populations and facilities communications specialist, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • Third Place in Web and Social Media > Electronic Newsletter > Nonprofit, government, or educational for Blue Umbrella newsletter

Julianne Dunn, Production Editor, at The Yarn Storytelling won:

  • First Place in Writing > Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers > General Nonfiction for Truths We Tell: Stories from the Yarn Stage 

Co-entrants: Amy Ashford (designer), Hilary Trudell (co-founder), Erin Wood (editor & publisher)

Neal Earley, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Corps rushes to patch up levy 

Co-entrant: Thomas Metthe

Angelita Faller, News Director, at University of Arkansas at Little Rock won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Arts and entertainment for UA Little Rock Professor Montague Co-Authors Book On Mother, Navy Hidden Figure Raye Montague
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for Webb is finding the Joy in Running Again Through Marathons
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for Little Rock Congregations Study Shows Impact of Covid-19 on Religious Institutions
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for ASBTDC Creates Team to Help Entrepreneurs Achieve Their Dreams
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for UA Little Rock Researchers Explore Challenges Faced by Homeless LGBTQ Adults in Arkansas
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Green/environmental for UA Little Rock Researcher Recalls Search for Once Extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker That Is Now Back Up for Extinction
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > History for UA Little Rock Professor Helps Pass Bill to Honor Civil Rights Attorney Scipio Jones
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Hobby for UA Little Rock Student to Dress Performers at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Science or technology for UA Little Rock Will Offer Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Education Through National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Education for UA Little Rock Researcher Explores Community College Stigma in High School Seniors
  • First Place in Writing > Publications Regularly Written by Entrant > Newsletter/other publication, non-profit, government, or educational for UA Little Rock Now
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Travel for Coach Wylie Flies UA Little Rock Flag on Mount Kilimanjaro

Amy Forbus, Communications Director, at Hendrix College won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Online publication for Creative Force Behind Mural Project at Conway Human Development Center is a Hendrix Alum
  • Second Place in Web and Social Media > Podcast for If These Bricks Could Talk: Tales of Hendrix Past

Alex Gladden, reporter, at Southwest Times Record won:

  • Third Place in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Homelessness reaches Fort Smith children

Jessica Glynn, freelance writer, at Super Lawyers Magazine won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Personality Profile > More than 500 words for All the Fun Cases

Audrey Hanes, Writer and Editor at Large, at Occasions Publishing Group won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Magazine, newsletter/other print publication for Mayor Harold Copenhaver: Leading Jonesboro with a Commitment to Community
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for The Uptown: A New Take on an Old Favorite
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for A-State Coach Mike Balado: In It to Win It
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Hope Marches On This Holiday Season
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Style for Simply Stylish
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Food for Pastaria 49: Bringing a Passion for Pasta to Jonesboro

Dwain Hebda, President, at Ya!Mule Wordsmiths, Inc. won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Shelter from the Storm
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for A Rebirth
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Budding Business
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Magazine, newsletter/other publication for The Uncommon Field
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for Form of Flattery
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for The Old Rugged Cross
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for The Little Hospital That Could
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Second Chance
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Advocates Wary of Little Rock Gentrification
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Arts and entertainment for Ride of a Lifetime
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for Hidden Heroes
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for Diocese of Little Rock Ordains Five
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls?
  • Third Place in Writing > Personality Profile > More than 500 words for HIGH PROFILE — Shirley Ruth Washington
  • Third Place in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for The MVP
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for HIGH PROFILE — Joy Susan Everett
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Death by Retail
  • Second Place in Writing > Feature Story > Magazine, newsletter/other publication for All Dogs Go to Gary
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for Higher Power
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Physical health for Free At Last
  • First Place in Writing >  Specialty Articles >Arts and entertainment for The Sound of Our Town: Pine Bluff Paved by Music
  • First Place in Writing > Feature Story > Online publication for Born Genius
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Asher Avenue revitalization
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Hobby for The Final Frontier
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for No Greater Love Than This

Olivia Hicks, Student Worker, at University of Arkansas at Little Rock won:

  • Second Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Features for UA Little Rock’s Cybersecurity Club Highlighted in Celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Mary Hightower, Chief Communications Officer, at University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Agriculture for Could’ve been worse
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Education for Shew-Profile
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Obituary for Obit-James
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Food for Message in a bottle
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Agriculture ) for Deep freeze
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for I-40 Bridge Closure
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Education for Wetland, wildfowl graduate certificate
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Food for First Arkansas Quality Wine competition shows breadth of styles, grapes
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Electronic Newsletter > Nonprofit, government, or educational for ONE Division
  • First Place in Graphics and Design > Graphics > Infographics for Arkansas Public Research, Global Benefits
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Video for Web > Special interest video for Employee Update

Bob Holt, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for Hogs hang on

Tammy Keith, Freelance journalist, won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story >  Print-based newspaper for ‘Never forget’ — Conway 9/11 memorial getting repairs, ceremony planned
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for‘Training kicked in’ — Pottsville police officer reacts quickly to get baby breathing
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Get it done — Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Yell County work seamlessly
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for 1985 Mayflower graduate to reunite with long lost class ring
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for Seasoned foster family and parents of 3 hope to adopt 5 more
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for ‘Slow and steady’ — Kitchen store endows Perinatal Bereavement Program
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Education for ‘A good listener’ — New Danville superintendent to rely on experience, resources to move district forward
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Education for Conway Kiwanians selling tickets for bookcase banquet
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Making it personal — CAPCA conducts street-outreach days to aid homeless
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for ‘A hobby to us’ — Longtime Sand Lizards announcers share award
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Sports for ‘A young energy’ — New head softball coach is sure about his role with the Lady Eagles
  • Third Place in Photography > Single Photograph > News or feature photo for Jessica Jones looks at her mural
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Arts and entertainment for A vibrant tapestry — Artist adds murals to downtown Conway co-working space
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Government or politics for Musical park trail honors bank courier; more phases planned
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Green/environmental for Taking inventory — Tree-cutting in Conway park causes changes
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Physical health for ‘A big dance club’ — Conway woman opens Jazzercise 25 years ago
  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Rise House helps victims of domestic violence gain independence
  • Second Place in Writing > Personality Profile > More than 500 words for Milestones director’s lengthy career fueled by passion
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles >  Education for Paraprofessional takes training to a higher level to help kids
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Government or politics for Fire-department captain aims to offer secure way to surrender babies
  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Brick by brick Hope Village to provide small homes, counseling and more for homeless
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Government or politics for ‘A whole different concept’ — Plans for veterans monument in Conway roundabout shift to park

Nyssa Kruse, Audience engagement editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Social Media Campaign > Corporate or for-profit for Children in Peril

Gavin Lesnick, Deputy Chief of Communications, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • Second Place in Communications Programs and Campaigns > Public Service Program or Campaign for Arkansas Medicaid Vaccination Program (MVP)
    Co-entrants: Kaitlin Davidson, Ben Mathews, Keith Metz, Alex Raymo, Rachel Spencer, Stephen Thornton, Amy Webb

Grace Lindquist, The Threefold Advocate News Section Editor, at John Brown University won:

  • Honorable Mention in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Opinion/Editorial/Reviews for Native Americans exist for more than one month
  • Second Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > News for Boulder, Colo., Community rattled by grocery store mass shooting

Frank Lockwood, Religion editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Personal essay for Reporter hunkers amid melee
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for Stay with me

John Magsam, reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Lumber prices
    Co-entrant: Stephen Swofford

Karen Martin, Senior editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Columns > Personal opinion for Staying in touch with our immigrant past; A Little Rock intersections sordid past

Philip Martin, Columnist, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Arts and entertainment for Know their names
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Reviews for Williams, Isbell live

Brandon Mathews, Create Bridges Regional Program Coordinator, at University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension won:

  • Honorable Mention in Web and Social Media > Podcast for Banks and Business – The Power of Local Investment

Maggie McNeary, Senior online editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Web Copy for Vaccine Information: The latest information on covid-19 vaccines in Arkansas

Co-entrants: Barry Arthur, Brian Smith, Nyssa Kruse

  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Website Edited or Managed by Entrant > Corporate or for-profit for ArkansasOnline.com
    Co-entrant: Josh Snyder
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Social Media Presence > Corporate or for-profit for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Facebook
    Co-entrants: Josh Snyder, Nyssa Kruse

Thomas Metthe, Staff Photographer, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Photography > Single Photograph > Sports photo for Class 6a Baseball
  • First Place in Photography > Single Photograph > Sports photo for Wrestling State Tournament

Keith Metz, Medicaid Communications Manager, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • First Place in Advertising > Single Advertisement for Hootens/Make The Right Call Advertisement

Debbie Miller, Assistant Professor of Communication, at John Brown University won:

  • Second Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Religion for Ordained at Home
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Faculty Advisor of Student Publication, Station, or Site for The Threefold Advocate faculty adviser

Fred Miller, Science Editor, at UA System Division of Agriculture won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Global rice prices spike during COVID pandemic, remain high despite ample supply
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Researchers find food insecurity heightens vulnerability to anxiety, depression during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles >  Food for Food engineer joins Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Bumpers College
  • Third Place in Writing > Feature Story > Online publication for Entomologist rescues wayward bee colony from grocery parking lot
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Science or technology for Soybean researcher hunts genetics of drought tolerance from the air
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Obituary for Friends, colleagues remember Division of Agriculture entomologist Phil Tugwell for hard work, generosity, impact on Arkansas agriculture

Ginny Monk, reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing >  In-depth Reporting for Children in Peril

Teresa Moss, reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for A closed door

Kristin Netterstrom Higgins, Program Associate, at University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Government or politics for Arkansas Jails: Counties use many methods to pay for prisoner incarceration
  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Arkansas Jails: SAU grad student surveys programs for people behind bars
  • Honorable Mention in Web and Social Media > Blog > Nonprofit, government or educational for Redistricting in Arkansas: Public Comment Period On House and Senate Maps
  • Third Place in Web and Social Media >  Blog > Nonprofit, government or educational for Panel Discussion: Redistricting at the Local Level in Arkansas
  • Second Place in Web and Social Media > Electronic Newsletter > Nonprofit, government, or educational for Arkansas Ballot Issues News & Notes
  • First Place in Communications Programs and Campaigns > Public Service Program or Campaign for Redistricting in Arkansas
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Blog > Nonprofit, government or educational for Redistricting in Arkansas: Legislators File Maps To Divvy Up Arkansas Congressional District

Stevie Nielson, Newsletter editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Electronic Newsletter > Corporate or for-profit for Coronavirus Update
    Co-entrant: Josh Snyder

Catherine Nolte, Reporter, at Southwest Times Record won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Loved and supported no matter what: LGBTQ community center opens in Fort Smith
  • Second Place in Writing > Feature Story > Online publication for Transportation is a barrier for low-income Fort Smith residents. Changing Lanes is here to help.
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Agriculture for Full Circle FarmCorps members bring life to urban farm in Fort Smith

Noel Oman, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News for I-40 bridge crack
    Co-entrants: Tess Vrbin, Neal Early, Frank Lockwood

Rachel O’Neal, Features Editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing >  Feature Story > Print-based newspaper for Flight 93 widow
    Co-entrant: Cary Jenkins
  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Style for Shame to acclaim – Kirby house
    Co-entrant: Cary Jenkins

Brittney Osborn, Art Director, at Occasions Publishing Group won:

  • Second Place in Graphics and Design > Graphics for Audrey’s Heisman Pose
  • Second Place in Advertising > Single Advertisement for Smoothie King “Sun, Sand, Pineapple Smoothie In Hand” Ad
  • First Place in Graphics and Design > Page Design > Magazine or magapaper for Local Flavor: Hot Cocoa Bombs Are Booming for Valentine’s Day

Michelle Parks, Director of Communications, at University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design won:

  • Third Place in Writing > Feature Story > Magazine, newsletter/other publication for Futures of Wood
  • Second Place in Editing for Print or Online Publications > Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant > Magazine/Magapaper for ReView Magazine Spring 2021

Orry Phillips, Threefold Advocate Sports Editor/Podcast, at John Brown University won:

  • Honorable Mention in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Opinion/Editorial/Reviews for Thank You, JBU Athletics
  • Third Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Sports for JBU fall sports seasons 
  • Second Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Sports for Make it Rain: Toilet Paper Showers Bill George Arena for First Time Since ’19
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Sports for COVID Seniors’ Granted Extra Eligibility
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Features for Two decades later, painful memories of 9/11 ring loudly

Audrey Poff, Publisher, at Occasions Publishing Group won:

  • Honorable Mention in Writing > Specialty Articles > Business for Getting Grounded
  • First Place in Editing for Print or Online Publications > Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant > Magazine/Magapaper for Jonesboro Occasions
    Co-entrant: Audrey Hanes
  • First Place in Writing > Columns > Humorous for The Occasions Lady and Scars From My Brother (April 2021); The Occasions Lady and A Heisman Pose (Sept. 2021)
  • First Place in Photography > Photographer-writer for Pillows for Paws
  • First Place in Writing > Headlines for The Uptown
    Co-entrant: Audrey Hanes
  • First Place in Editing for Print or Online Publications > Single Page, Section, or Supplement Edited by Entrant >  Magazine/Magapaper for 2021 Spring Home Improvement Guide
    Co-entrant: Audrey Hanes

Nick Popowitch, Multimedia Editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Third Place in Web and Social Media > Podcast for Capitol & Scott
    Co-entrant: Lara Farrar
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Video for Web > Web reporting, single news or feature story for 2021 Little Rock Marathon
    Co-entrant: Brianna Kwasnik

Alexus Raymo, Division of Children & Family Services Public Information Coordinator, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • First Place in Communications Programs and Campaigns > Marketing Program or Campaign for Foster Parents of the Year
    Co-entrants: Stephen Thornton, Kaitlin Davidson, Rachel Spencer, Jason Pederson
  • First Place in Communications Programs and Campaigns > Public Relations Campaign for Every Day Counts

Jeannie Roberts, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Social issues for Transgender kids

Rachel Spencer, Graphic designer, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • Second Place in Graphics and Design > Graphics > Infographics for Guide to Arkansas Lifespan Respite Care
  • First Place in Graphics and Design > Graphics for Fall Food & Craft Fair flyer

Stephen Steed, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Third Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > Agriculture (agribusiness, aquaculture) for Pine Tree

Celia Storey, Style Editor, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > Specialty Articles > History for Tom Slaughter part 1

Kat Stromquist, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Writing > In-depth Reporting for Centers for Youth investigation
    Co-entrants: Ginny Monk, Eric Besson

Megan Sumpter, Faith Editor, The Threefold Advocate, at John Brown University won:

  • Third Place in Collegiate / Education > Writing > Opinion/Editorial/Reviews for Books 
  • First Place in Collegiate / Education > Public Relations Program or Campaign for Revitalize, Reintroduce & Represent Dogwood Literacy Council
    Co-entrants: Spencer Bailey, Matthew Campbell, Macie Redick, Hannah Lawrence, Natalie Maruschak, Analise Buckingham, Abi Wandling, James Gilbert, Eli Jackson, Tristan Webb, Orry Phillips, Chloe Cloud, Andrew Mobley

Stephen Swofford, Staff Photographer, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • First Place in Photography > Single Photograph > General photo for Making a Splash

Stephen Thornton, Multimedia Storyteller, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • Second Place in Web and Social Media > Video for Web > Video for nonprofit or government organization for African American Pastors in Arkansas Talk About The Covid-19 Vaccine
    Co-entrant: Kaitlin Davidson
  • Second Place in Photography > Photo Essay for Conway Human Development Center Prom
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Video for Web > Video for nonprofit or government organization for Toddler Saved From Accidental Drug Overdose

Staci Vandagriff, Staff Photographer, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Photography > Single Photograph > News or feature photo for Vaccine Clinic
  • First Place in Photography > Single Photograph > News or feature photo for 8 Bills

Tess Vrbin, Reporter, at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won:

  • Second Place in Writing > News Story > Print-based newspaper for Dumas floods
    Co-entrant: Thomas Metthe
  • First Place in Writing > News Story >  Print-based newspaper for Storms rip state
    Co-entrant: Staci Vandagriff

Amy Webb, Chief of Communications and Community Engagement, at Arkansas Department of Human Services won:

  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Website Edited or Managed by Entrant > Nonprofit, government or educational for Arkansas Department of Human Services website
    Co-entrant: Ben Mathews

Hazelle Whited, CREATE BRIDGES Regional Program Coordinator, at University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension won:

  • Honorable Mention in Web and Social Media > Podcast for Total Eclipse of the Sun

Murriel Wiley, CREATE BRIDGES Regional Program Coordinator, at University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension won:

  • Second Place in Web and Social Media >  Blog > Nonprofit, government or educational for CREATE BRIDGES helps De Queen Woman launch local business
  • First Place in Web and Social Media > Podcast for Bilingual in Business/Bilingüe en los negocios

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