2012 West Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Winners

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by in Better Newspaper Contest

ADVERTISING

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Brownwood Bulletin: These ads have impact and a definite message. Most importantly, they will be effective in selling for The Bulletin’s clients.
  • 2nd Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune
  • 3rd Place: Roswell Daily Record
  • Honorable Mention: The Kerrville Daily Times

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: #1 “Retirement” Has strong visual impact – easy to read product benefits – excellent eye flow left to right and downward to client information – textbook example. #2 “Granbury Care” Great photo of the two generations. Conveys a strong visual message. Copy is easy to read, weakest part of this ad is your headline and subhead. Don’t underline as you are separating it from the ad. Should have been lowered to tie into the ad stronger.
  • 2nd Place: Breckenridge American: “Good Year” – This is a very simple ad with no clutter and no confusion. Textbook style. Reader gets selling message immediately. Simple works well on ad scanners.
  • 3rd Place: The Perryton Herald: “Wright Elementary” – Nice simple thank you ad. Good message. Good local appeal and interest.

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Dublin Citizen: Clean, well designed ads with a clear call to action.
  • 2nd Place: Lake Country Sun: Watch spelling in ads.
  • 3rd Place: The Hamilton Herald News
  • Honorable Mention: Glen Rose Reporter

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Albany News: Great use of photos in both ads. Good headlines and a direct appeal to the consumer to do something. These ads would be at home in a large metro daily.
  • 2nd Place: The Hico News Review
  • 3rd Place: The Eldorado Success
  • Honorable Mention: The Clarendon Enterprise

EDITORIAL WRITING

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Roswell Daily Record: “Gas rule harmful, pointless”; “Lizard listing poses threat” – These editorials aren’t stuffy and boring. They are well written and readable and deal with local issues. You can imagine people at a coffee shop debating these topics and saying, “Yeah, but The Daily Record said today “
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times: “Law protects public’s right to know”; “PUC should listen to LCRA”
  • 3rd Place: Brownwood Bulletin: “Keeping up with budgets”; “Get a handle on feral hogs”

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Burleson Star: “People need answers”; “Pause to remember ” – Your issue/we say setup paragraphs are a great service to editorial readers. These are well written, conversational and reader friendly.
  • 2nd Place: Hood County News: “Board training could help “; “Tragedy highlights mission “
  • 3rd Place: Lampasas Dispatch Record: “Stoldt deserved more”; “Community prayer service”
  • Honorable Mention: Jacksboro Gazette-News: Pam Hudson, “Hazing hurts”; Pam Hudson, “Are ya’ll reading “
  • Judges Comments:
    Breckenridge American
    : Rob Durham, “Local fans need to think “; Rob Durham, “Penn state scandal ” – Should have been entered as columns, not editorials.

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Lake Country Sun: Mark Engebretson, “Butter knife and such”; Mark Engebretson, “Shocking retirement” – This is an example of a newspaper filling the watchdog role, holding institutions accountable. Both columns have a clear point to make and do it concisely and directly.
  • 2nd Place: The Dublin Citizen: Mac McKinnon, “Observations; Mac McKinnon, “Observations”
  • 3rd Place: none

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Albany News: “Resignation of city manager” – Good presentation of two issues: closed meeting in effect and recommendation of seeking solutions instead of promoting chaos with lack of information a grammatical error or typo; “City park renovation” – Good explanation of progress of fund-raising campaign, possibility of 3-to-1 matching grant, and benefits of pool and accompanying walking trails, sports fields and picnic areas – encourages community support.
  • 2nd Place: The Hico News Review: Jerry McAdams, “Phone bill” – Good information about a continuing problem – provides information about canceling service not ordered and getting refund – helpful; Jerry McAdams, “Holiday meal time” – Humorous Thanksgiving piece.
  • 3rd Place: The Clarendon Enterprise: Roger Estlack, “City needs chamber/end of world” – Good use of humor in end of world portion, misspelled word or typo in first part about chamber; Roger Estlack, “Boys death” -Poignant story. Compelling example of child abuse without details of horrible abuse and death. Misspelled word or typo.
  • Honorable Mention: The Eldorado Success: Randy Mankin, “Hospital District bond issue” – Disclosed conflict of interest as trustee of hospital district early in column. Stated his case with granddad’s principles and mild humor; Randy Mankin, “Warren Jeffs trial” – Three misspelled words or typos. Related to readers by quoting Toby Keith song.
  • Judges Comments:
    The Ozona Stockman
    : Melissa Perner and Kelsie Ramirez, “Budget cuts – libraries”; Melissa Perner, “Fireworks”
    Muleshoe Journal
    : “Taxes/county services” – Write shorter sentences; “Special privileges for legislators/guns” – Write shorter sentences for clarity and understanding.

COLUMN WRITING

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune: Sara Vanden Berge, “Not all girls are made of sugar and spice”; Sara Vanden Berge, “Happy Mother’s Day, Osama wasn’t ‘murdered’” – Sara’s columns are fast-paced, anecdotal, and easy to read. Both in this selection were hard to put down once you started reading. Each gets across a point while entertaining the reader. We need more columnists like this to make editorial pages a destination for all readers.
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times: Christina Knott, “Palate has the power to return one to past”; Dennis O’Brien, “Texas just keeps proving me wrong”
  • 3rd Place: Brownwood Bulletin: Candace Cooksey Fulton, “Blessings enough to go around”; Candace Cooksey Fulton, “Dad’s sacrifice redefines our America”

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: Mark Wilson, “Journalists become sleuths”; Kathy Cruz, “‘Don’t make me come down there’ – God” Both of these columns are fast-paced and easy to read. They are the kind of columns that draw readers to the editorial page and share ideas without being heavy-handed or preachy.
  • 2nd Place: Burleson Star: Candy McMichen, “One vote, one voice, your choice”; Candy McMichen, “One vote, one voice, your choice”
  • 3rd Place: Lamesa Press Reporter: Regina Crutcher, “Dish towel capers and trying to fly”; Russel Skiles, “Game proves older isn’t always wiser”
  • Honorable Mention: Lampasas Dispatch Record

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Glen Rose Reporter: Kathryn Jones, “Jack Kilby” – This column tells a story of local relevance, of a timely occasion, while using just the right amount of personal experience; Kathryn Jones, “Corrections” – The columnist uses the first-person well to take readers inside their newspaper and explain one of the most important aspects of the product – accuracy.
  • 2nd Place: Lake Country Sun: Mark Engebretson, “National Guard day”; Mark Engebretson, “Firefighters”
  • 3rd Place: The Azle News: Mark Campbell

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Ozona Stockman: Melissa Perner, “My firefighter”; Melissa Perner, “Education cuts are not pretty” – Unlike many columnists who resort to telling meaningless personal anecdotes or writing about events in Washington that do not relate immediately to their readers, Melissa Perner writes lively columns with local interest and relevance. They are easy, fun reads, but they all carry a definite theme and deliver messages that hit home.
  • 2nd Place: The Clarendon Enterprise: Roger Estlack, “Hitting 40 beginning to take its toll”; Roger Estlack, “Government coming after salt shakers”
  • 3rd Place: The Eldorado Success: Randy Mankin, “Running and hiding”; Randy Mankin, “Odd encounters and coincidences”

NEWS WRITING

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune: Sara Vanden Berge, “PBR steroid report” – Good enterprise. Sara Vanden Berge, “Boston Marathon” – Good enterprise, engaging writing.
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times: Melissa Boughton, “Murder suspect arrested” – Clean, concise writing. Good organization. Peter McCrady “Kerrville man threatened president” – Good organization.
  • 3rd Place: none

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: Mark Wilson, “Baby Riley” – Lots of good detail makes this a strong and compelling read; Kathy Cruz, “No-show jurors” – Good enterprise!
  • 2nd Place: Burleson Star: Brian Porter, “Audit of Pct. 2″ – Good balance, explanations are easy to understand. The writer knows the topic. Brian Porter, “Black Friday” – Entertaining approach to Black Friday. This one wasn’t done over the phone!
  • 3rd Place: Lampasas Dispatch Record: Lisa Camley, “Dogs seized” – Try to avoid clich ‘s in your ledes. David Lowe, “City manager fired” – Explain why he was fired in the lede.
  • Judges Comments:
    Breckenridge American
    : Rob Durham, “One step at a time/fire folo” – This was a fire folo not a daily, the ledes should have focused on aftermath, not the day of the fire. Rob Durham, “Commissioners meeting” – Lede and story require readers to piece together what happened, would be stronger if it was more direct.

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Glen Rose Reporter: Kathryn Jones, “Wildfires”. Kathryn Jones, “Speed trap” – This story is the main reason for the 1st place award. The writer showed an ability to enterprise and tell a story. This story turns a well-circulated piece of small-town knowledge into a real news story using traditional reporting techniques.
  • 2nd Place: The Azle News: Carla Noah Stutsman, “Soldier”; Edwin Newton, “FB player”
  • 3rd Place: Lake Country Sun: Mark Engebretson, “Trial”; Mark Engebreston, “Fire”

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Ozona Stockman: Melissa Perner, “Honking helicopter”; Melissa Perner, “Burning up” – Melissa Perner writes with a highly readable news style, which she adapts to the nature of the story. News stories in The Stockman are reader-friendly, jargon-free, and tightly written.
  • 2nd Place: The Big Lake Wildcat: “Spark sets off oilfield pit”; J.L. Mankin, “Taxing issues”
  • 3rd Place: The Eldorado Success: “Fire clains Fuentes home”; “Jeffs’ own words send him to prison”
  • Honorable Mention: Keene Star: Paul Gnadt, “Board sees red over white”; Paul Gnadt, “Keene man designs Cleburne building”

FEATURE WRITING

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune: Micah Moore, “From horses to hairspray”; Amanda Kimble, “Devotion leads music minister to Bluff Dale” – These features are lively, anecdotal and fast-paced. Both make especially effective use of quotes as they spotlight local members of the community. Profiles like these keep the focus on people who might otherwise go unnoticed without papers like the Empire-Tribune.
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times: Mark Armstrong, “The last letter”; Christina Knott, “More than just music”
  • 3rd Place: Brownwood Bulletin: Candace Fulton, “Hardly a short timer”; Amanda Leija, “A little ‘Hope’ is going a long way”
  • Honorable Mention: Roswell Daily Record

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: Rick Mauch, “Athlete manages disability with determination”; Kathy Cruz, “Paranormal activity” – Two excellent features that tell local stories readers care about. Before you can write a good feature, you have to choose a good feature topic. Both of these are good tales, well told.
  • 2nd Place: Burleson Star: Ricky Moore, “Oh snap!”; Ricky Moore, “Not just clownin’ around”
  • 3rd Place: Breckenridge American: Rob Durham, “Taking a chill pill”; Rob Durham, “Doing his own thing”
  • Honorable Mention: Lampasas Dispatch Record

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Glen Rose Reporter: Kathryn Jones, “Back form the brink” – The details and the narrative form in this piece really allow the reader to get to know the subject. Kathryn Jones, “FW symphony”
  • 2nd Place: The Azle News: Edwin Newton, “Boxer”; Edwin Newton, “Veteran profile”
  • 3rd Place: The Goldthwaite Eagle: Tammarrah Pledger, “Barnett family reunion”; Tammarrah Pledger, “Rodeo clown”

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Ozona Stockman: Melissa Perner, “Learning to read excellently”; Melissa Perner, “OHS student ready for overseas adventure” – Easily the class of this division, Perner’s features grab readers with great leads and then hold them with lively exposition, anecdotes and effective use of quotes.
  • 2nd Place: The Albany News – Donnie Lucas, “Pointing home”; Donnie Lucas, “Firing up some simple solutions”
  • 3rd Place: Alvarado Star – Candy McMichen, “One family’s joy amidst unspeakable horror”; Amy Wolff Sorter, “Rodeo fest thrills kids of all ages”
  • Honorable Mention: The Clarendon Enterprise

SPORTS COVERAGE

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: The Kerrville Daily Times – Information provided in easy way for readers to find and understand. Good context presented in stories that showed significance of games. Interesting feature stories creative layout, even without color, the design was appealing. Birding story was a surprise treat. Leads crisp and direct. Reminder: refer to people as who or whom instead of that. This year, he has a point guard that’s (who’s or who has) been a fixture of the squad for several seasons in Drew Landry.
  • 2nd Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune – You pushed the first place winner.
  • 3rd Place: Brownwood Bulletin
  • Honorable Mention: Roswell Daily Record

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Breckenridge American – Great shot and display of high jump photo. Good leads with descriptive information beyond just the scores. Especially important because most people will know the outcome of athletic contests/events before they read the paper. You give them background details – the how, the why, the factors that can change the results. Attractive display with compelling photos that draw readers into stories. Good display of results. Organized and easy to read. Try to avoid beginning so many stories with the word, “The”.
  • 2nd Place: Hood County News – Good display of photos that attract attention. Good explanation – storytelling – about what caused wins or near misses. Good quotes that added interest. Wide range of coverage.
  • 3rd Place: Burleson Star – Complete game coverage on website. Duplicate page submitted??
  • Honorable Mention: Lamesa Press Reporter – Need to separate sports coverage for contest. Sent two entire papers.
  • Judges Comments:
    Lampasas Dispatch Record
    – Every story in sports briefs began with The.

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Azle News – The strength of this sports coverage is the variety – the mini profiles, the “5 years ago” feature, etc. The coverage has a nice mix of focusing on the athletes, the actual games and the bigger sports picture.
  • 2nd Place: Hondo Anvil Herald
  • 3rd Place: Glen Rose Reporter

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Muleshoe Journal – Delton Wilhite’s story (Muleshoe vs. Idalou, also Mules vs. Merkel) made me feel as if I was watching the game. Avoid beginning every sports story with the word, “The”. Good use of strong verbs. Lively writing style.
  • 2nd Place: The Albany News – Sub-heads help break up long stories. Good updates of season and game at a glance in boxes, also help layout. Avoid beginning so many stories with the word, “The”. Good use of quotes in stories to explain what happened and to insert opinion. Organized to make lead story easy to find.
  • 3rd Place: The Olney Enterprise – Lively writing style. Good use of story telling approach for game stories avoid beginning so many stories with the word, “The”. Good use of boxes to provide schedules.
  • Honorable Mention: Alvarado Star - Good lead on Tyler Bates story. Good background information in state title on line story. Interesting and informative writing style.
  • Judges Comments:
    Keene Star
    – Action photos, captions used to tell story. Interesting explanation about game schedule conflict with Adventist Sabbath. Try to avoid beginning so many stories with the word, “The”.
    The Big Lake Wildcat
    – Too many stories begin with the word, “The”.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Roswell Daily Record: Striking, emotion-laden images displayed in ways that highlight their impact.
  • 2nd Place: Brownwood Bulletin
  • 3rd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: Engaging images, good reproduction, great display. The news shows how to cover the community with a camera, finding the right moment for news photos and feature photos.
  • 2nd Place: Breckenridge American
  • 3rd Place: Lamesa Press Reporter
  • Honorable Mention: Burleson Star

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Lake Country Sun: These news photos really take the reader to the middle of one of the community’s biggest stories in years. The photographer took great effort to put the reader in the middle of the story.
  • 2nd Place: The Azle News
  • 3rd Place: Hondo Anvil Herald

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Big Lake Wildcat: An excellent eye for news, composition and impact. Both images capture the essence of the event and the insight into a human moment in time. Quality is crisp and consistent. Impact is strong and pulls the reader into the story.
  • 2nd Place: Muleshoe Journal
  • 3rd Place: The Hico News Review

SPECIAL SECTION

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Brownwood Bulletin – A volume of work that wove a consistent approach to story telling with strong visuals. This blend of words and images dug deeply into the people and places of this community and opened doors to the reader to behind-the-scenes tales they would never have known before.
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times
  • 3rd Place: Stephenville Empire Tribune
  • Honorable Mention: Roswell Daily Record

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News – Crisp and vivid color give the reader a vibrant image of life in Hood county. Editorial and advertising both take advantage of the quality reproduction. A consistent product with delightful highlights, such as the profile of Coach Leta Andrews, that give the reader an insight into an energetic and inviting community.
  • 2nd Place: Lamesa Press Reporter
  • 3rd Place: Lampasas Dispatch Record
  • Honorable Mention: Levelland & Hockley County News-Press

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Dublin Citizen – The newspaper is supposed to be a snapshot of the community and this special section is just that. It celebrates the community while informing it at the same time.
  • 2nd Place: Hondo Anvil Herald
  • 3rd Place: Lake Country Sun

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Ozona Stockman – An attractive and informative publication with pages that balanced good stories and good ads. Very easy to scan and find what the reader wants. A thoughtful and purposeful product that the target audience should enjoy.
  • 2nd Place: The Albany News
  • 3rd Place: The Hico News Review
  • Honorable Mention: Muleshoe Journal & The Olney Enterprise

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: The Kerrville Daily Times: This newspaper tells all kinds of stories in all kinds of ways. There are little slices of life inside, but they also clearly make an effort to tell me big stories as well – stories about government, finance, etc. What elevates the stories even more are the strong visuals, both photography and graphics, that often add to the story in a way that showcases the quality execution from one’s staff.
  • 2nd Place: Brownwood Bulletin
  • 3rd Place: Roswell Daily Record

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News: Solid crime coverage, meetings, community news, fireflies, etc. Crisp ads. Good in depth coverage of civic, legal affairs. HCH offers engaging writing and coverage of local events/issues that go well beyond the county commission/BOE/city council coverage. Readers can see their community in the coverage.
  • 2nd Place: Burleson Star
  • 3rd Place: Lamesa Press Reporter

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Glen Rose Reporter: This newspaper strikes a solid balance among everything that a good newspaper should be. There’s solid local reporting – not just stenography of public events and meetings, but true news gathering. The paper is also fun and lighthearted at times and tells all kinds of stories, maintaining a great community newspaper feel.
  • 2nd Place: Lake Country Sun
  • 3rd Place: The Azle News
  • Honorable Mention: The Dublin Citizen

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Albany News: This paper puts it all together – design, writing, local reporting, great photos, engaging ads. They cover their community with the focus squarely on local news and information. It’s newsy and informative, a really good read.
  • 2nd Place: The Clarendon Enterprise
  • 3rd Place: The Ozona Stockman
  • Honorable Mention: The Eldorado Success

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Division A – Daily

  • 1st Place: Mark Armstrong, The Kerrville Daily Times – The workings of government, though important, tend to be deadly dull. But in the hands of a skilled craftsman, stories about government turn the arcane into must-reading and news the community can use. Mark J. Armstrong of the Kerrville Daily Times proved himself a skilled craftsman, and a worth recipient of the 2012 West Texas Better Press Association Journalist of the Year award, with entries ranging from an analysis of tax-exempt property in Kerrville to debate about the proposed locations of power lines. He further showed his range and versatility with poignant features, including one about a mother who donated a kidney to her son.
  • 2nd Place: Amanda Kimble, Stephenville Empire Tribune
  • 3rd Place: Julia Bergman, Roswell Daily Record

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Kathy Cruz, Hood County News – The best journalists are great storytellers, and the best stories plumb the depth and breadth of the human condition. Whether examining Children’s Protective Services cases or explaining the significance of a jury verdict in a grisly double murder trial, Kathy Cruz of the Hood County News demonstrated she is among the best storytellers in 2011. Her detailed reporting, eye for detail and ability to explain complex issues in an easy-to-understand way make her the 2012 West Texas Better Press Association Journalist of the Year.
  • 2nd Place: David Lowe, Lampasas Dispatch Record
  • 3rd Place: Pam Hudson, Jacksboro Gazette-News, Jack County Herald

Division C – Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Kathryn Jones, Glen Rose Reporter – Strong leads and strong writing throughout! Really enjoyed feature Childers. Great detail in story and great use of sources.
  • 2nd Place: Jerry McAdams, The Hico News Review – Great job capturing the important action in mundane public meetings. Enjoyed the memories in driver’s ed column.
  • 3rd Place: Mark Engebretson, Lake Country Sun – Great columns and editorials. They were the best in the category. Good details in news stories, especially the trial.
  • Honorable Mention: Roger Estlack, The Clarendon Enterprise – Great job and you are a true asset to your community. Great column about a horrifying and heart-breaking incident.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: Tom Holden, The Kerrville Daily Times – Variety of subjects, good perspectives.
  • 2nd Place: Mark Wilson, Roswell Daily Record
  • 3rd Place: none

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Mary Vinson, Hood County News – Most distinct photographs.
  • 2nd Place: Brian Porter, Burleson Star
  • 3rd Place: John Rigg, Levelland & Hockley County News-Press

Division C – Weeklies

  • 1st Place: Kathy Mankin, The Eldorado Success – Great shots, good and tight, and not overly edited. The weakest one was the wreck photo, I wanted something closer in, but was a good shot anyhow. You’re earning your pay.
  • 2nd Place: Steven Bridges, The Goldthwaite Eagle – Your spot news entry was questionable. A bunch of folks listening to a speech does not qualify in my book. However, the fire photo was excellent and carried enough weight to pull this submission to No. 2. Be more careful when selecting entries.
  • 3rd Place: Joe Hernandez, The Ozona Stockman – For the most part, I enjoyed these photos, but they were over edited. The whites were so blown out in most of them that you lost valuable definition. Also, that fire photo would have been great with a higher shutter speed. It’s too bad so much is lost to blur. These would have given second place a run for their money.
  • Judges Comments:
    The Albany News
    – It looks as if every photo is taken from the same perspective. Try kneeling or getting higher up. Also, it seems that you have three spot news, two sports and one feature photo. The snowplow might be on the cusp as well as the last firefighting photo.
    Keene Star
    – There is no spot news in this submission. There are two sports and four feature or maybe general news photos. For spot news, enter unplanned news, like fires, wrecks, or arrests. Try not to cut the feet off your subjects, as in the basketball shot or crop tighter in. Also, all the shots seem to be taken from the same standing position, try to kneel or get higher.
    The Hico News Review
    – Did not select photos correctly. Two sports, two spot news, and two feature/stand alone photos are required. Nearly every photo was selected totaling 14 entered. Be more selective, follow the rules.
    The Clarendon Enterprise
    – While all the photos were perfectly fine, I believe some more editing or maybe some fill flash would have improved several shots. The triple jump winner’s face is nearly unrecognizable, same with the woman fire fighter. It also seems your color suffers quite a bit in quality, but I think that is most likely a printing problem and out of the photographer’s control. Also, work on your white balance indoors.
    The Dublin Citizen
    – There is no spot news. There are three sport and three general news/feature. Spot news needs to be unforeseen events like an accident, a fire, or an arrest.

SPECIAL COVERAGE

Division A – Dailies/Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: Hood County News – The Hood County News doesn’t just cover trials and public events in the justice system. It goes behind the scenes to show Hood County citizens how the system works, and doesn’t work, warts and all. This series shows the real potential of community journalism. Bravo!
  • 2nd Place: The Kerrville Daily Times – Kudos to the Daily Times for a commitment to covering the drought that left most metros in the dust (no pun intended). The Daily Times hit the project from many angles with stories, graphics, data packages and photos that appealed to a cross-section of readers. Kerrville’s readers were exceptionally well-served by this paper’s coverage of the drought and its impact on the community.
  • 3rd Place: Brownwood Bulletin

Division B – Weeklies

  • 1st Place: The Ozona Stockman – The Stockman showed what an impact a community paper can make when it’s committed to following a story and reporting on it from a variety of angles. The Stockman’s use of Facebook for daily fire updates is a textbook example of community involvement. Obviously, The Stockman was committed to do more than publish a newspaper it became the community’s best source of news and information.
  • 2nd Place: Lake Country SunThe Lake Country Sun became the area’s go to news source during last year’s fires. The paper used social media for updates many times a day and showed its readers spectacular images of the fires ravaging the area, plus, it told the story of the efforts to fight those fires. And it wrote about their impact on the community. This was a great example of continuing news coverage.
  • 3rd Place: The Eldorado Success
  • Honorable Mention: The Lamb County Leader-News

SWEEPSTAKES

Division A – Dailies

  • 1st Place: 625 points The Kerrville Daily Times
  • 2nd Place: 550 points Brownwood Bulletin
  • 3rd Place: 500 points Stephenville Empire Tribune

Division B – Semiweeklies

  • 1st Place: 850 points Hood County News
  • 2nd Place: 450 points Burleson Star
  • 3rd Place: 300 points Breckenridge American

Division C – Large Weeklies

  • 1st Place: 525 points Lake Country Sun
  • 2nd Place: 450 points Glen Rose Reporter
  • 3rd Place: 425 points The Azle News

Division D – Small Weeklies

  • 1st Place: 525 points The Albany News
  • 2nd Place: 450 points The Ozona Stockman
  • 3rd Place: 250 points The Hico News Review

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