Carmage Walls Commentary Awards
to be Presented at News Industry Summit

This annual award, to be presented during the Oct. 13-15 News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla., recognizes outstanding commentary on local issues. It encourages thoughtful, courageous and constructive editorial page leadership on issues specifically relevant to each newspaper’s primary readership.

The prize was named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership. His friends and associates funded the cost of the awards for the first 10 years. Southern Newspapers, Inc. – led by Martha Ann Walls, his widow, and Lissa Walls Vahldiek, his daughter – has been underwriting the cost of the awards since then.

The deadline for contest entries was May 3.

For additional information, contact Cindy Durham at SNPA: or (404) 256-0444.