The Louisiana Press Association held its 129th annual convention in Baton Rouge on April 25, which included an awards lunch for outstanding achievements in the field of journalism in 2008. First, second and third place awards, as well as honorable mentions, were given. The Kansas Press Association served as judge. Seventy-nine newspapers and other publications submitted a total of 3,812 entries.
Gambit was honored in the Free Circulation and Special Interest division in the following categories:
• Best column (1st place): Clancy DuBos
• Best feature (2nd place): Kevin Allman, "Frank's Place"
• Best editorial cartoon (2nd place): Greg Peters, Suspect Device
• Best news story (3rd place): David Winkler-Schmit, "What's in Their Wallets?"
• Most effective use of graphic design (honorable mention): Amy Morvant
• Community service to readers (1st place for Gambit's "Shop Local" campaign)