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|Nelson, Sentinel named Pulitzer Finalist, receive Payne Award|
Concordia Sentinel editor Stanley Nelson was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Local Reporting category on April 18 and accepted the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism on April 20 in Eugene, Ore.
The awards were in recognition of Nelson's work at the Sentinel in reporting on the 1964 murder of Ferriday shoe shop owner Frank Morris as well as other unsolved Civil Rights-era murders. Nelson began reporting on the Morris murder in 2007. He has written more than 150 articles on the Morris case as well as other unsolved civil rights era murders.
The Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday/Vidalia is a sister newspaper of The Franklin Sun and The Ouachita Citizen. The newspapers are owned and operated by the Hanna family.
The Pulitzer for Local Reporting was awarded to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Sentinel and the Las Vegas Sun were finalists for the award.
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