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    Your Advocate: Page check for Aug. 11 edition

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    What is your pet peeve? Newspaper editors seem to have lots of them. Most center around grammar and word usage, things that seem weird to regular people. We had a discussion centered around the word "fund-raiser" during Tuesday's page check. ...

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    Your Advocate: Page check for Aug. 7 edition

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Sometimes, we'll ask a designer to change something he's been working on. For example, if the editors think a different photo is stronger or another headline might be in order, we'll talk about it. That's part of the reason for ...

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    Your Advocate: Page check for Aug. 5 edition

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Plans for any section of the newspaper can be fluid when there's breaking news. We can make a plan for one thing, and then as the day develops, we find out new news or other information that alter those plans. ...

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    Page-check football: your Advocate for July 31

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    We have some football fans in the newsroom at the Advocate. One of the biggest is public service reporter Gabe Semenza, a rabid and diehard Cowboys fans. I'm a Broncos fan, no surprise considering my office is adorned with Colorado ...

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    Your Advocate for July 28

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    The 6 p.m. hour is usually a fun hour in the Advocate newsroom. That's the time where some of the top editors (like Chris Cobler, myself, multimedia editor Robert Zavala, presentation editor Kiko Fieg, and photo editor Frank Tilley) do ...

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    On the cutting room floor 2

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    I had an engaging interview with University of Houston-Victoria sophomore pitcher Baylea Wagener. Her story appeared in Thurday's Advocate. We talked about her horse, Rebel, her artwork and her future on the team. Here are some items that were left ...

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    On the cutting room floor

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    I wrote a feature the other day on a compelling softball player from the University of Houston-Victoria. Brittany Boren is an unassuming young woman and braved an interview with me on a windy day when we both ended up eating ...

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    A new approach

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    So the other day, Kevin Alexander, assistant presentation editor/sports, invited two University of Houston-Victoria softball players to the Advocate to do a photo shoot on the softball preview package Team co-captains, Brittany Faas and Tasha Rotramel, were gracious in accepting ...

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    Get your playoff football scores on AdvoSports

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Did you know that the El Campo Ricebirds scored 28 points in the third quarter to seal their playoff win over Sant38-10 playoff win over Santa Fe last week? That's right, Landon Appling had two scores of more than 50 ...

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    Check out AdvoSports

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Everywhere you look, talented athletes dot the landscape of the Crossroads area. In football alone, we’re blessed with kids doing awesome feats on the field: From OJ Hughes at Memorial to Kam Jones in Edna to Tyler Arndt in Cuero ...

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