Advocate earns first-place awards in Texas Press Association contest
The Victoria Advocate won first-place honors Saturday for news writing, column writing and news photography in the 2014 Texas Better Newspaper Contest, which is conducted by the Texas Press Association.
In its circulation category, the Advocate placed third in the contest's sweepstakes award. The newspaper also earned second-place awards for its website - VictoriaAdvocate.com - and for its effort in community service journalism.
This year, 159 newspapers submitted 1,566 entries in the contest, which is divided into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size.
The Advocate also placed third for the category of routine special section and earned a fourth-place award for feature writing.
Several publications throughout the Crossroads also earned honors in their respective circulation categories in the contest. They include:
Beeville Bee-Picayune: Second place in community service, second place in headline writing, second place in page design, third place in editorial and third place in feature writing.
Cuero Record: First place in sports photography.
El Campo Leader-News: Second place in advertising, second place in column writing, third place in page design and fourth place in routine special section.
Goliad Advance-Guard: Third place in feature photography.
Gonzales Cannon: Fourth place in community service, fourth place in general excellence and routine special section.
Gonzales Inquirer: First place in advertising, second place in news photo and fourth place in column writing.
Wharton Journal-Spectator: Third place in news photo and fourth place in feature writing.
Yoakum Herald-Times: Third place in news photography.
The 2014 contest was judged by the New Mexico Press Association as part of the annual Better Newspaper Contest swap.