The Stone County Enterprise newspaper accepted four awards for excellence in writing and reporting on Saturday, July 10.
Enterprise News Editor Lyndy Berryhill won top honors for four news stories in the annual Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division at the Mississippi Press Association’s 155th annual awards banquet in Biloxi.
“There is nothing like pouring your heart and soul into a community and seeing it pay off with some recognition,” Berryhill said.
The news story “Fake Alligator Head Causes Weekend Panic at Flint Creek” placed first.
“Excellent job unraveling all the threads of this debacle and making the sequences of events clear to the reader,” judges said of Berryhill’s work on the alligator head story. “Highly entertaining as well!”
The story “This Little Piggy Went to Wiggins,” a tale of a lost pot-bellied pig who rooted up some new owners, claimed third place in the same category.
In the sports feature category, Berryhill’s “It’s a Family Affair: Husband & Wife Coaching Stone High School Soccer” placed second.
A story commemorating the life and positive impact of late Enterprise editor Jody O’Hara won second place in the feature category. It was titled “Christmas Won’t Be The Same Without Him.”
Now in its 155th year, MPA is the trade association representing Mississippi newspaper media. Over 1,600 entries were submitted to the 2020 Better Newspaper Contest. This year’s contest was judged this spring by volunteers from the Georgia Press Association.
She has previously earned honors for reporting. In 2016, Berryhill was recognized for her business reporting by the Associated Press of Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2017, she wrote a general news story about flooding victims in Southeast Mississippi who were struggling to recover more than one year later.
Berryhill is a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media. She has written for over 10 community newspapers in Mississippi since she was 19. A former editor of The Daily Mississippian, Berryhill was an investigative reporter and production assistant for the television series “Death Row Stories” that airs on HLN and BBC’s investigative series “Dispatches.”
She is married to Brett Shufelt. They have lived in Perkinston with their daughter, Cassidy Ann Shufelt, since 2018.
Berryhill began freelancing for the Enterprise in 2019. In January 2021, Berryhill was named news editor.
“The past year and a half have been a huge learning curve for me, but I have learned so much about Stone County and its people,” Berryhill said. “Considering the fact that I only entered a handful of stories and the Enterprise took top honors in each category we entered, I am optimistic about future competitions. I cannot wait to bring even more recognition to this wonderful place and spread the word about what a great place Stone County is.