Advocate wins Sweepstakes in Texas newspaper contest

June 17, 2017 at 9:48 p.m.
Updated June 18, 2017 at 6:39 a.m.

Advocate veteran sports writer and columnist Mike Forman holds the plaque he received for winning the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sports Writing Award during a luncheon at the Texas Press Association's Summer Leadership Retreat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M., on Saturday.

Advocate veteran sports writer and columnist Mike Forman holds the plaque he received for winning the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sports Writing Award during a luncheon at the Texas Press Association's Summer Leadership Retreat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M., on Saturday.   Contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

The Victoria Advocate won Sweepstakes, the top honor, and took home 10 other awards Saturday at the Texas Press Association's Summer Leadership Retreat in Ruidoso, N.M.

The Advocate beat all other newspapers in Division 2. The Advocate also won Sweepstakes in 2016, 2011 and 2009.

Also, Mike Forman, who has been a sports reporter and columnist at the Advocate for 35 years, won the Fred Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.

Other awards include:

Three first-place awards

• Community Service

• News Writing

• Page Design

For community service, the Advocate won for its work on understanding mental illness. Judges said Jessica Priest's "Minds That Matter" series is a "great, well-thought out series that incorporated all facets of the newspaper's press and online editions ... (with) dramatic stories detailing social and mental illness issues with information about available services and how to access them."

One second-place award

• Advertising

Three third-place awards

• Feature Photo

• Headline Writing

• Sports Coverage

Two fourth-place awards

Editorial

• Feature Writing


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