2007 Better Newspaper Contest — Sports Coverage


Division 2, Dailies
Division 3, Dailies
Division 4, Semiweeklies
Division 5, Semiweeklies
Division 6, Weeklies
Division 7, Weeklies
Division 8, Weeklies
Division 9, Weeklies
Division 10, Weeklies

Sports Coverage

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Division 2 Large Dailies

1. The Beaumont Enterprise - Great overall coverage and packaging. The spread on the mechanics of two long jump specialists gave you a clear edge in this category.

2. Odessa American - Fine job of packaging a lot of information - with graphics and agate on non-local things into your section. An easy-to read, easy-to-find section. Reader friendly.

3. Midland Reporter-Telegram - Nice job of creating a lot of entry points. I liked the golf/tennis agate packaging.

4. The Courier, Conroe - Good reader package on inning-by-inning scoring summary of state title game. I liked the way you got to info up front. Simile photo a grabber.

Division 3 Small Dailies

1. River Cities Daily Tribune, Marble Falls - You win because of the breadth of coverage and packaging that makes section easy to navigate and reader friendly. Very clean look.

2. The Terrell Tribune - Your football coverage and section are great. Unfortunately when you enter a football section you lose points on range of coverage. But I really like what you are trying to do with your creativity and packaging.

3. Waxahachie Daily Light - Both front pages submitted looked too much alike. The cutout effect works on special occasions not every day. Good coverage and great packaging.

4. Alice Echo News Journal - Good job of local commentary and helping the reader through your section.

Division 4 Large Semiweeklies

1. Wise County Messenger - Great overall packaging. Clean look and packaging of headlines make section reader-friendly. I love the way you are not afraid to use big photos. They draw readers into the section. Solid, blue-ribbon job front to back.

2. The Bowie News - Good reader-friendly elements. Some of the best and clearest photos we saw. Great packaging. This was not far out of first.

3. Williamson County Sun - Best writing we saw in this category. I really like the Ask the Trainer feature.

4. Hood County News - Clean look. You get a lot of information in a small space. Nice column.

Division 5 Small Semiweeklies

1. The Canyon News - You win on range of coverage. You get a lot of local information in not a lot of space.

2. The Highlander, Marble Falls - Nice readable package with plenty of names and faces. Layout and graphics the best in category division.

3. Copperas Cove Leader Press - Nice job of getting a lot of information in a consistent package.

4. Breckenridge American - Not much space inside but you do a nice job on the front with variety of news. You're not afraid to use large photos with limited space.

Division 6 Large Weeklies

1. Park Cities People - Superb photos and printing. Design very well done, writing crisp and concise.

2. Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post - Very good front to back. Give photographer a raise. Knowing where to be for the shot is half the battle.

3. Wylie News - Very good job covering sports.

4. Mansfield News-Mirror - One of the better papers read today. Very good columns and insight on topics.

Division 7 Medium Large Weeklies

1. Cedar Hill Today - No comments.

2. Westlake Picayune - Excellent writing and layout. Very good pictures. Give photographer a raise.

3. Frio Nueces Current - Great football coverage with other sports.

4. Cedar Creek Pilot - Loved the different topics covered. Good writing by Holli Kees.

Division 8 Medium Weeklies

1. Rockwall County News - A clear winner. Great range of coverage. Excellent photos and use of them. Love your centerpiece heads. You give your readers a treat.

2. Pilot Point Post-Signal - Nice writing. Good use of photos. Your section comes alive.

3. Frisco Enterprise -You give your readers a lot of information and you do it in a compelling way.

4. Farmersville Times - Nice job of giving your readers information and commentary.

Division 9 Small Medium Weeklies

1. Hill County Community Journal, Kerrville - Loved the "play of the week" and graphic treatment of best of the best. The range of coverage you offer your community is amazing.

2. Pearland Journal - A tough call for first and second. I really liked your full-blown photo of "Pearadise Lost" and the "Happy 100th, Coach Van" treatment.

3. The Citizen, Clear Lake - Nicely conceived package for all district. Tops in this division were close.

4. The Albany News -I like the clarity of your color photos. Good use of agate.

Division 10 Small Weeklies

1. Alvord Gazette - The range of your sports coverage is astounding for a weekly. You've made a real commitment to sports and it's showing. Layout is shaky and disjointed at times, but you get a whole lot of information in.

2. Sachse News - Lots of information. Lots of pictures and names and some opinion. Just what the local readers want.

3. Little Elm Journal - Your photos draw people in on story. Great photo of girl in volleyball match. Good overall coverage.

4. Murphy Monitor - I like the way you use your large photos and the schedule agate on front page. This is a very reader-friendly section.