The Memphis Flyer and its sister publication, Memphis Magazine, made a strong showing Saturday night at the annual Southeastern States "Green Eyeshades" awards meeting of the Society for Professional Journalists in Atlanta.
The Flyer won four first place awards, at or near the top among all publications represented from the 11 states involved, as well as two third-place awards. Memphis Magazine won a first, a second, and a third.
Recipients and their awards were:
*Jackson Baker, First Place, Political Coverage, Print-Non-Daily, for "Four More Years" and other Flyer articles on the 2007 Memphis mayor's race.
*Jackson Baker, First Place, Editorials, Print-Non-Daily, for three Flyer editorials, "A Bridge Too Far," "Undoing the Lockbox," and "The Same Old Challenge."
*Chris Davis, First Place, Disaster Coverage, Print-Non-Daily,' for "The Windless Hurricane," a Flyer report on the after-effects of Katrina in Mississippi.
*Bianca Phillips, First Place, Feature Reporting, Print-Non-Daily, for "The Old Age of Aquarius," a Flyer report on the enduring life of an old and famous commune.
*Preston Lauterbach, First Place, Disaster Coverage, Print-Magazine, for "Anatomy of an Inferno," a Memphis Magazine chronicle of a catastrophic blaze in downtown Memphis.
*Leonard Gill, Second Place, Criticism, Print-Magazine, "A Pilgrim's Progress" and two other book reviews in Memphis Magazine.
*Vance Lauderdale (Michael Finger), Third Place, Humorous Commentary, Print-Magazine, for "Ask Vance," a running series of columns on facts and fictions about Memphis and its history.
*Chris Herrington, Third Place, Criticism, Print-Non-Daily, for "Come Together," "Bumpin' Grind," and "Out of the Past," three Flyer music articles.
*Chris Herrington and Greg Akers, Third Place, Humorous Commentary, Print Non-Daily, for "Elvis Presley, 1935-2007: A Wonderful Life," a Flyer what-if obituary premised on the King's survival for 30 more years after his actual death.