2012 Texas Better Newspaper Contest - Sports Coverage
Monday, 18 June 2012 21:37

Division 2
Dailies 7,000 to 99,999

1. Waco Tribune-Herald: Great range of coverage for BU-OU game. No high school coverage, but this is a Sunday edition so understandable (11-2). Good range of coverage for May 13 issue – multiple sports and includes high school girls teams, youth sports.

2. Midland Reporter-Telegram: Nice to see coverage of women’s teams, both high school and Midland college. Good high school basketball coverage, both men and women.

3. Corpus Christi Caller-Times: June 10 issue – all locally produced copy covers baseball but non-local stories provide a good range of coverage. May 15 coverage includes broader range of sports – baseball, softball, track & field.

4. The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches: Good feature on Damion James. Good range of coverage – not all football – stories on softball, outdoors, fishing.

Division 3
Dailies Less Than 7,000

1. Brownwood Bulletin: Outstanding production. Friday Night Fast Forward is an easy category-winner on its own. Daily section looks great, too.

2. Waxahachie Daily Light: Page design stands out. Great job on the stadium story.

3. Greenville Herald-Banner: Good job on your gamers. Looks like you didn’t miss a thing.

4. Athens Daily Review: Like the writing styles on gamers. Good job on Budke-Serna story.


Division 4
Semiweeklies 4,001 or More

1. Wise County Messenger, Decatur: No comments.

2. Uvalde Leader-News: No comments.

3. The Bastrop Advertiser: No comments.

4. The Williamson County Sun, Georgetown: Writing is clear and pictures are crisp.

Division 5
Semiweeklies 4,000 or Less

1. Round Rock Leader: Ben Johnson page design looks great! Good writing, decent photography.

2. Kilgore News Herald: Good photography and Mitch Lucas’ columns make these pages standouts.

3. El Campo Leader-News: Well-written, quality coverage.

4. The Bowie News: Good, thorough job of coverage.


Division 6
Large Weeklies

1. Park Cities People, Dallas: Just an excellent, thorough job.

2. The River Cities Sunday Tribune, Marble Falls: Good writing, good layout. Love the 8/14 front, including roller derby story, and boldfacing names in outlines.

3. Hondo Anvil Herald: Photography stands out, writing also top notch.

4. The Rockdale Reporter: Writing, coverage well done. Great headline on Hayes story. Bill Martin’s columns stand out.



Division 7
Medium-Large Weeklies

1. Westlake Picayune, Austin: Top-notch section. Good, to-the-point writing. Photos are excellent.

2. Lake Travis View, Lakeway: Max Thompson’s writing is outstanding. Good photography. Like the Jernberg story (5/26). Good job on Cavalier game day.

3. Hill County Community Journal, Kerrville: Great job on playoff previews. Good section.

4. Hays Free Press, Kyle: Good, consistent writing. Not flashy but gets the job done. Great effort. Lots of work obviously involved here.


Division 8
Medium Weeklies

1. Whitesboro News-Record: Good design and pictures that “pop”.

2. Iowa Park Leader: Oversized color photos are great!

3. San Jacinto News-Times: Color photos are good. Stories could use more quotes.

4. The Springtown Epigraph: Stories have a good, detailed flow and interesting quotes.


Division 9
Small-Medium Weeklies

1. The Princeton Herald: Well-written and strong photography! Layout is clean and provides lots of material smoothly.  The overall sports product gives reader an efficient package that is well-written, concise and thorough.

2. The Sachse News: The use of big art is taken a bit larger than the equipment can clearly handle but the effect is still good. Layout is solid beyond first page and stories are well written for weekly format.

3. The Albany News: Style issues on tourney phrases but writing is still good. Modular style is good but jumping bottom across 3 columns to top is a bit hard on the reader.

4. The Farmersville Times: Good range of coverage, clean layout, headlines work. Writing is sound, leads could be stronger, record treatment looks like filler with variation in usage.



Division 10
Small Weeklies

1. The Pearland Journal: Excellent action shots. Writing is great, especially about the autistic student.

2. Murphy Monitor: Action photos are high quality. Writing is concise.

3. Pflugerville Pflag: Sports photos are very well done. Writing is clear and to the point.

4. Joshua Star: Writing is concise. Photos compliment the stories well.