by Web on September 7, 2017
Five winners of the Bill Minor Journalism Prize will take part in a Sept. 15 symposium on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson. The program is free and open to the public.
The prizes for general news and investigative reporting are presented annually in conjunction with the Better Newspaper Contest of the Mississippi Press Association.
Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion-Ledger and Ray Mosby and Natalie Perkins of the Deer Creek Pilot in Rolling Fork, winners of the Bill Minor Prize for Investigative Journalism, and Tim Kalich of The Greenwood Commonwealth and Jamie Patterson of The Yazoo Herald, winners of the Bill Minor Prize for General News Reporting, will all be part of the panel discussion of their work and community news reporting.
Mitchell’s project focused on the search for and prosecution of Felix Vail, 76, who was eventually convicted in the decades-old death of his wife. Mosby and Perkins earned the investigative prize for weekly newspapers for articles dealing with desperately needed renovations to the Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital.
Kalich was honored for a jailhouse interview with Edgar Ray Killen, the convicted murderer of three civil rights workers in 1964. Patterson took the prize for weekly newspapers for her story on Yazoo City residents who purchased property only to be burdened with unpaid assessments against previous owners that totaled thousands of dollars.
The investigative and general news prizes come with generous cash awards. Established in 2003, the Bill Minor Prizes are funded through an endowment to the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in honor of Minor’s long career as a reporter and columnist.
Minor, whose 70-year career spanned much of Mississippi’s history in the 20th Century, died in March at 94.
The panel program is part of the Millsaps Friday Forum Series and will be held in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215, beginning at 1pm. The event is co-sponsored by the MPA Education Foundation.