Advocate wins sweepstakes in Texas Press Association contest
June 18, 2016 at 10:57 p.m.
Updated June 19, 2016 at 6 a.m.
The Victoria Advocate took home Sweepstakes and won first place in General Excellence in the Texas Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
Judges said, "The design is intuitive, easily navigable and, above all beautiful. The writing is sharp. The entire newspaper communicates a clear purpose and a team effort."
Other awards announced Saturday include four first-place wins, a second-place win, two third-place wins and two fourth-place wins for Division 2.
• Amberley Gutierrez, Dayna Wiles, Camille Easton and Darla Walker won first place in Advertising for its Bootfest advertisement.
• Laura Garcia, Bianca Montes, Kimiko Fieg, Frank Tilley and Yi-Chin Lee won first place in Feature Writing for a story on Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez.
• Alexandria Alejandro, Chris Derrett, Mike Forman and Tony Tsoukalas won first place in Sports Coverage for their coverage of Refugio's loss in the state championship game. Judges said, "Writing goes beyond the typical game story. Lots of player quotes and insights. Best writing in this category. Sports section also is well-designed and uses photographs well."
• Yi-Chin Lee won first place in Sports Photo for a photo of Yoakum's Dantey Eldridge leaping over a hurdle on his way to a first-place win.
• Sara Sneath and Jessica Rodrigo won second place in News Writing.
• The Advocate also won third place for its website. Judges said, "Everything from the colors and following navigate to the compelling use of graphics and images makes this an inviting website; more so than those with similar designs."
• Golden Crescent Magazine's Jennifer Preyss, Dayna Wiles and Haley Kilgore won third place in Routine Special Section. Judges said, "Strong visual package, great photos."
• Charles Apple, Jennifer Preyss, Natassia Bonyanpour and Meredith Cash won fourth place in Blue Moon Special Section for the Get Out section.
• Frank Tilley and Jaime Carrero won fourth place in News Photo.
The Texas Press Association represents 463 paid-circulation newspapers in publication - 75 dailies and 388 non-dailies.