OUR VIEW: T-PT wins 7th-straight LPA Title

We know there’s important news going on in the world this week. Summer’s in high gear, America’s team is still alive in the World Cup and, July 4th is right around the corner..

But, for one issue, please indulge us.

Once a year, newspaper types dress up nice, gather in a hotel ballroom somewhere across the state and applaud our collective effort. The best of the best are chosen and acknowledged as the best in the state.

On Saturday, the Louisiana Press Association handed out Newspaper of the Year honors at the 134th annual LPA Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi.

By now, you’ve deduced the Tri-Parish Times is quite tickled to have been named the state’s top paper in our division – a slot that included 25 weekly publications.

In all, 72 newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted 3,289 entries – stories, page designs, photos, advertisements and graphics – for consideration.

Our paper was awarded our division’s seventh consecutive Newspaper of the Year award – the big enchilada for newshounds keeping score at home. Our paper also earned the editorial and advertising sweepstakes.

It’s a tremendous honor and a reminder that our craft does require a multitude of skill to do well.

It also requires a number of people.

Major kudos are due our news team – Eric Besson, John DeSantis and Casey Gisclair. Congratulations are also due to former graphic designer Alyson Showalter for her tremendous feats in layout and design.

And while it’s generally the reporters and top brass who, for better or worse, get the most attention, we’d be amiss if we didn’t include the rest of the Tri-Parish Times team in the celebration.

These are the folks many readers will likely never meet in person, but who help keep this train running on time. This includes Jennie Childs and our sales team on the street, Brad Thibodaux, Harold Cancienne and Germaine Townsend.

Forgive us this week if we seem a bit big headed, but we promise you all we do is with you, our readers, in mind. We’re looking forward to continuing to improve our product, hone our news skills and to deliver you an informative, reliable newspaper. After all, we’re beginning to like the sound of hearing, “Newspaper of the Year … the Tri-Parish Times.”

In the meantime, we look to you, our partners in this relationship, to join the effort.

Know someone you’d like to see featured among our pages? Have a tip on a news story? Want an outstanding player or team included in our sports coverage? Whatever is happening in your neighborhood let us hear from you. The Tri-Parish Times is available online and on Facebook.

Our email addresses are listed to the left in the masthead, and our phone line is always available.

With your help and your continued readership, we vow to work just as hard this year to deliver the quality news you’ve come to expect.