PALESTINE — Members of the Herald-Press news staff were honored with the receipt of three awards from the Texas Press Association during its annual conference over the weekend in Corpus Christi.
The 2014 Texas Better Newspaper Contest awards ceremony took place Saturday at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina Tower.
News Editor Mary Rainwater was awarded second place in Headline Writing for the entry made up of the headlines, “It’s hip to be square dancin,” “Goodbye to PMS” and “Lovin’ from the oven.”
Judge's comments included, “Great use of humor to catch the readers’ eye and draw them in... who wouldn’t read 'Goodbye to PMS' just out of sheer hope alone. Nice job.” The “Goodbye to PMS” headline referred to a story about Palestine Independent School District changing the name of Palestine Middle School to Palestine Junior High School.
Rainwater and Staff Writer Grace Gaddy also received joint fourth place awards for Feature Writing and Feature Photos.
The Feature Writing entry included Rainwater's September feature on the relocation of Braly's Building Supply Co., “Building on History,” and Gaddy's feature, “Back where she belongs,” about a dog who survived a week trapped in a vehicle in December.
The Feature Photo entry included Rainwater's photo, “Sippin' and stompin'” from an inaugural grape stomp event held at Sabor a Pasion in July, and Gaddy's “Makin’ the rounds” photo, depicting Santa paying a visit to Cartmell Home for Aged.
The Herald-Press was one of 159 newspapers submitting 1,566 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size. The Herald-Press is in Division 3, made up of daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 7,000.
First-place winners receive plaques and second- through fourth-place winners earn certificates. Sweepstakes points are earned for each division, based on point accumulation in contest categories — first place, 100 points; second place, 75 points; third place, 50 points; and fourth place, 25 points.
The 2014 contest was judged by the New Mexico Press Association as part of the annual Better Newspaper Contest swap.