Arkansas SPJ Honors State’s Journalists

Media watchers in Arkansas heard from NPR’s Debbie Elliott this Wednesday, at the annual banquet honoring the winners of the Arkansas Pro SPJ chapter’s journalism contest.

Elliott, who has covered Congress and anchored Weekend All Things Considered, has returned to her native Alabama to live and work. She told the assembled group that she loves reporting in the field but grapples with the added demands of producing stories in several formats besides radio.

‘It’s something I think a lot of us are dealing with these days,” she said. “When do you put down the microphone and pick up the camera?”

Elliott also shared pieces that she has produced in conjunction with the Oxford American magazine, based in Conway, Arkansas, with video modules added to stories produced for NPR.

Dozens of awards were handed out to Arkansas journalists, including:

Best Use of FIO: Debra Hale-Shelton, Arkanas Democrat-Gazette
Best Spot News, TV: Marci Manley & Stacy Smith, KNWA
Best Feature, Div I Newspapers: Democrat-Gazette NW Staff
Hard News: AP Staff
Outstanding New Journalist: Chad Day, Democrat-Gazette

Full results are available under the “Contest” tab above. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who made the banquet a success!