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Advocate wins national award for work on Eagle Ford Shale

April 10, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.


The Victoria Advocate is the winner of a national award for its work reporting on the Eagle Ford Shale, the Society of Professional Journalists announced Tuesday.

The Advocate's Robert Zavala and Dianna Wray were honored with a Sigma Delta Chi excellence in journalism award in the category of informational graphics. Their work explained the environmental impact of the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.

Judges chose the winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2011. The Advocate competed against newspapers of up to 100,000 circulation.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony July 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

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