The Roswell Daily Record won eight awards at the West Texas Press Associationâ€™s annual meeting held in Granbury, Texas, on Saturday. The Record won the top award for General Excellence in the daily division. The judgesâ€™ comments included â€œphotos were very clear … paper was very well organized and was easy to follow. … I liked the variety of columnists.â€
The Record also won first place in Advertising. The judgesâ€™ comment was â€œEye Catching.â€ The Record won second place for Photographer of the Year. Remarks from the judges included â€œThe Record should be grateful to have you (Mark Wilson) onboard its staff,â€ â€œvery creative use of available lightâ€ and â€œlighting â€” beautiful.â€ Sports took second place in Sports Coverage.
Submissions from March 14, 2010, and Nov. 21, 2010, issues were judged. The paper came in third for the Sweepstakes category in the Daily division. Matt Arco won third place for Journalist of the Year. Judges said â€œExcellent use of pictures,â€ â€œGood human interest piecesâ€ and â€œThe use of quotes was beneficial to the story.â€ Five full-page tear sheets were judged from original pieces by the same writer in 2010.
Third place in Photography went to Mark Wilson for photos of a frog and a touching photo of a child with a poster of his father during the annual Patriotic Remembrance Day at All Saints Catholic School.
Andrew Poertner won third place for Editorial Writing for his editorial in opposition to the proposal to build a water pipeline from eastern New Mexico to Santa Fe. Publisher Charles Fischer stated he was very proud that some of the associates at the Daily Record were honored.
â€œIt shows some of the excellence of our staff and their work.â€ â€œIt was a great tribute to the Roswell Daily Record to receive first place in General Excellence.
It is one of the greatest honors a newspaper can receive for its work,â€ Fischer added. â€œRoswell should be proud of its local paper as it produces the first draft of the history of Roswell daily.â€