2012 Texas Better Newspaper Contest - Feature Story
Monday, 18 June 2012 20:39

Division 2
Dailies 7,000 to 99,999

1. Beaumont Enterprise: “Is football fatal?” by Jon Styf – A compelling story, very well done. It gets your attention with the excellent lead. It holds your interest from beginning to end. “Father won’t let murder case die” by Jessica Lipscomb – A well written, detailed story with a lot of facts. It holds your interest, that’s for sure.

2. Victoria Advocate: “Fighting back, giving back” by J.R. Ortega – It tugs at your heart stings. Wonderful, great photos. So well written that you feel the mother’s pain. “The pull of water” by Dianna Wray – A great story. Found his way back to his first love!

3. The Kerrville Daily Times: “A mother’s gift” by Mark J. Armstrong – A strong story about a mother’s love for her child, even if it meant death! “The last letter” by Mark J. Armstrong – A wonderful story about a soldier’s last thoughts before he was killed in action.

4. Corpus Christi Caller-Times: “Selfless portrait” by Mark Collette – A well written story that told every detail in a compelling way. “Tradition rules at courtly occasion” by Jessica Savage – A good story about a tradition for the area.


Division 3
Dailies Less Than 7,000

1. Jacksonville Daily Progress: “Hometown girl at heart” by Marivel Resendiz – Good story. Maybe could have been 2 shorter stories, career and friends in Texas. I like her work and knew nothing about her. It was a good read. “Jacksonville’s public relations guru” by Marivel Resendiz – I wish my reporters would find stories like this. You made me proud for those parents.

2. Vernon Daily Record: “From scrap to sculpture, artist’s visions take form” by Joyce Ann Ashley – Excellent depiction of unusual artistry. “70th anniversary” by Daniel Walker – No comments.

3. Seguin Gazette-Enterprise: “D-Day injury didn’t slow local veteran” by Ron Maloney – Good personal story of one who adapted to history’s events as they touched him. “Cancer patients” by Jessica Limmer – No comments.

4. Taylor Daily Press: “Restoring treasures” by Amanda Sena – Good depiction of the dream of everyone over age 50. This is how dreams become reality. “Taylor café” by Amanda Sena – No comments.


Division 4
Semiweeklies 4,001 or More

1. Hood County News, Granbury: “No holding her back” by Rick Mauch – A great, well written story about a determined individual. Good display and graphics. “Cheese made to please” by Mark Wilson – A good story with great photos – made me want to take a bite.

2. Wise County Messenger, Decatur: “Faith child” by Brandon Evans – A good story, well written. Also gave lots of facts. It holds your interest. “Rink rally” by Kristen Tribe – A wonderful story about a young girl beating the odds.

3. The Fayette County Record, La Grange: “The match of his life” by Jeff Wick – A good story about a good man who is beating the odds. “A literary legend” by H.H. Howze – I enjoyed reading about a man that I’m sure is a character.

4. Beeville Bee-Picayune: “Finding strength” by Bill Clough – A heartwarming story about a little girl that has a lot of courage and strength. “A mi hogar navideno” by Bill Clough – A good local story.

Division 5
Semiweeklies 4,000 or Less

1. Kilgore News Herald: “Living legacy” by James Draper – Outstanding. This topic rarely written about but it should be. “Awesome” by James Draper – No comments.

2. Round Rock Leader: “Former students” by Marcial Guajardo – A topic rarely covered but worthy of a rearview mirror. “Surviving cancer” by Brad Stutzman – No comments.

3. Lampasas Dispatch Record: “Finding healing” by David Lowe – This one reflects the pain of actively being involved in history. “The little girl” by Lisa Carnley – No comments.

4. The Bay City Tribune: “Extreme couponing” by Jonnie Montalbo-Briseno – Readers need to see more of this. “Local deer” by Heather Menzies – No comments.


Division 6
Large Weeklies

1. Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post: “Transform a tragedy” by Cathy Collier – Great story. Could be shorter. “Four years later” by Cathy Collier – Good lead. Good story. Could be two-part series.

2. The River Cities Sunday Tribune, Marble Falls: “Heady stuff” by Daniel Clifton – Good feature & art. Good mix of the down and dirty side with the science. “Bryce” by Daniel Clifton – No comments.

3. Pleasanton Express: “Something wonderful” by Lisa Luna – Powerful story. Well done with very sensitive subject. “Enough” by Lisa Luna – No comments.

4. The Freestone County Times, Fairfield: “Conversations” by Karen Leidy – Nice work! Made me want to see his work. “Students” by Mary McDonald – No comments.

Division 7
Medium-Large Weeklies

1. Hays Free Press, Kyle: “Winery” by Sean Kimmons – Outstanding examination of back taxes as they affect multiple businesses. Well written and superbly illustrated. “Sassman” by Wes Ferguson – No comments.

2. The Cuero Record: “Living the dream” by Coy Slavik – Superb examination of the complicated effects of immigration in America and how it has become self-destructive. “Baros” by Glenn Rea – No comments.

3. Frio-Nueces Current, Pearsall: “Farm boy” by Marc Robertson – Superb recollection of effects of Vietnam on the life of a 21-year-old draftee. “Close-up” by Marc Robertson – No comments.

4. The Hamilton Herald-News: “Pancake family” by Maria Weaver – You can’t beat this story for details on a baby’s survival against all odds “She’s been to London to visit the Queen” by Maria Weaver – ºNo comments.


Division 8
Medium Weeklies

1. The Aransas Pass Progress: “Ghosts” (no byline) – Very creative approach to a dull topic. Wonder who wrote it?? “Cancer survivor” by Amanda Torres – No comments.

2. The Community News, Aledo: “Labor of love” by Sandra Rousseau – Outstanding report of effects of a disease not many folks know much about. Excellent use of prose to describe its effects.

3. Meridian Tribune: “Veterans’ Day” by Simone Wichers – A very good and detailed description of a part of World War II not much has been reported on for today’s generation of readers.  “Absolute magic” by Simone Wichers – No comments.

4. Alpine Avalanche: “Bringing health care” by Cindy Perry – Good report on a creative way to deliver health care screenings. “AMS students” by Amanda Tilley – No comments.

Division 9
Small-Medium Weeklies

1. Cooper Review: “Unknown identity” by Cindy Roller – Absolutely outstanding! “60 years” by Cindy Roller – No comments.

2. Muenster Enterprise: “Rebekah’s trip” by Janet Felderhoff – Extraordinary job of reporting details of a foreign missionary experience. “Chris Valliere” by Janet Felderhoff – No comments.

3. The Ozona Stockman: “Learning to read” by Melissa Perner – Very good job of reporting details of a program critical to eduction and the future of newspapers as well. “Methodist church” by Melissa

Perner – No comments.

4. Deport Times-Blossom Times: “Holding on to life” by Nanalee Nichols – Good description of a vet’s struggles to reclaim his life after losing his limbs. “Typhoon!” by Frank Stubblefield – No comments.



Division 10
Small Weeklies

1. Big Sandy-Hawkins Journal: “Murder of three Hawkins students” by Seria Dassing – Terrifying subject matter graphically presented. Good graphics and vivid prose. “First effort” by Seria Dassing – No comments.

2. Red Oak Record: “Girl Scout” by Melanie Peterson – Success stories always ring the readers’ bell, particularly when it’s about a third grader. “Local residents” by Melanie Peterson – No comments.

3. The Flatonia Argus: “I remember my grandfather” by Celeste Quintero – Impressive presentation of family history facts using mystery to enthrall the reader. This story remains unfinished but that’s its appeal. “Eaglesmith” by Celeste Quintero – No comments.

4. Joshua Star: “Isn’t that a hoot?” by Brian Porter – Creative headline draws reader to the story. Good work. “JROTC” by Brian Porter – No comments.