South Texas Press convention, awards presentation go online

South Texas Press Association opted for a virtual convention this year.
Members gathered for an online meeting Aug. 7. It included a two-part program by Editor & Publisher magazine publisher Mike Blinder, a business meeting and awards presentation.
Blinder’s program included a news session on the topic of “We profit when we focus on what we do best” and an advertising session on the topic of “Taking it to the street: Actionable takeaways you can use immediately to make sizable gains to your top line.”
New officers installed at the meeting include Regina Keilers, chairman; Dan Parker, president; Manuel Azocar III, vice president; and Melissa Perner, second vice president. 
Next year the STPA convention will be April 15-17, 2021 in Uvalde.
Top winners in the STPA contest were:
Judy And Bill Wilkerson
Sweepstakes Awards
Division 1: First place Hays Free Press; Second place The Sealy News;  Third place Frio-Nueces Current
Division 2: First place Rockdale Reporter; Second place Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post; Third place Port Aransas South Jetty
Division 3: First place Uvalde Leader-News; Second place El Campo Leader News; Third place The Gonzales Inquirer
Special awards
Joyce And Fred Latcham
Community Service Award
First place The Sealy News; Second place The Gonzales Inquirer; Third place The Fayette County Record
Willis Webb
Journalist of The Year
First place Rockdale Reporter, Mike Brown. Second place Hays Free Press, Exsar Arguello ; Third place Frio-Nueces Current, Breyana Segura; Honorable mention Uvalde Leader-News, Meghann Garcia and The Fayette County Record, Andy Behlan
Photographer of The Year
First place Uvalde Leader-News, Pete Luna
Complete contest results are available on the TPA website, click here.