Holmes Community College’s The Growl newspaper earned three awards at the annual O.C. McDavid journalism conference’s Better Newspaper Contest on Thursday.

Alek Dickerson placed third for Best Editorial Community College while Callie Pope finished first in the same category. Holmes Community College placed third in General Excellence Community College. 

Prior to the awards ceremony, the conference had many speakers from the local journalism world including Emily Waggster Pettus (Associated Press), Geoff Pender (Mississippi Today), Cartoonist Ricky Nobile and Jerry Mitchell (Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting).

This is the first conference held in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference was at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, and was hosted by the Mississippi Press Association in honor of the late former editor of the Jackson Daily News, O.C. Mc David.

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