Crowe, Bennett, Hall Win Green Eyeshade Awards


JD Crowe of the Alabama Media Group took First Place in the 2022 Editorial Cartooning category of The Green Eyeshade Awards handed out by the Southern Chapter of the SPJ.

The award is based on:

Outstanding visual commentary on news or issues. Judging emphasis will be on originality and effectiveness of message.

JD posted his winning submission and said:

Found out over the weekend our team won a few Green Eyeshade Journalism Awards. Somehow, I won First Place for a dark, dreary collection of editorial cartoons titled “Drawing tough love in a red state.”

We do this work because … well, it’s just what we do, dammit. But it’s cool to win stuff along the way. Proud to be a part of this talented team of journalists. Thanks for your inspirational feedback and support of our work. And thanks for putting up with me. Cheers, y’all.


Clay Bennett (Chattanooga Times Free Press) and
Ed Hall (Halltoons) took second and third respectively.

JD Crowe noted:

I was tickled to be in the distinguished company of my cartooning buddies Clay Bennett and Ed Hall who took Second and Third. These dudes are both real life winners. It’s a win for me just to be in their orbit.

Said Ed Hall:

I received word this morning from my buddy Clay Bennett that I pulled down a third place award in this year’s Green Eyeshade Awards, for a portfolio of cartoons published in 2021. Clay won second place, and our friend JD Crowe was the first place winner. Needless to say, this is some exceptional company for me to be in, so I was thrilled to get the news. The Green Eyeshades are the longest running regional journalism contest in America, and I actually won it in 2002.

Congratulations to all our Southern Comforters!

The entire list will eventually show up at The Green Eyeshade website.