DECATUR, TEXAS — The Roswell Daily Record won 10 awards, Saturday, at the West Texas Press Association meeting in Decatur, Texas.
The Record won four first place awards for outstanding achievement in Editorial Writing, Column Writing, News Writing and Sweepstakes. The winners of all awards were in division A for daily newspapers up to 50,000 circulation.
“We are very proud of the work that the staff of the Record does everyday,” said Publisher Charles Fischer. “I feel we have one of the best staffs of any community newspaper.
“Sometimes, some of our staff is not recognized, from the pressroom to the receptionist, but we are very proud of the quality of work each and everyone does with the difficult process of putting out a newspaper six days a week.”
The first place award for editorial writing went to the editorial “Lizard Listing Rightly Dropped.” Judges said, “good explanation of completed environmental issue. Well-organized.” The judges said the editorial on “Redistricting Déjà vu,” had a “good start with lots of local interest” and that it “expresses in good writing the concerns of the complete issue.”
The first place award for column writing went to Sports Editor Kevin J. Keller. The judges said its “strong writing and good organization makes clear points on good column on Sandusky got what he deserve.” The judges said on his column “Believe and you shall succeed,” “good topic and clear writing.”
News writing won first place for overall news writing. The judges said “The news stories show clarity and are well-written throughout the newspaper.”
The Record won the Sweepstakes for Division A. The Sweepstakes award goes to the paper with the most and highest awards by any newspaper in their division.
The Record won five second place awards for Advertising Composition, Special Section, Photography, Photographer of the year, and General Excellence.
The judges said of General Excellence “overall appearance, quality of copy, composition/makeup and photography were good. Especially liked the local cartoons and photography.”
Second place for advertising the judges said “good art work and good clear focus.” The second place for best section was for the Records’ 2012 Football Preview. The judges’ comments were “great showing of community teams. Excellent originality, benefit to community and suitability of content with good layout.”
The awards for second in photography and second for photographer of the year went to staff photographer Mark Wilson. The judges said “diverse perspectives and angles of shots, for example the water basket dunk of the Little Beaver Fire. Wide range of subjects captured.”
Assistant Sports Editor Lawrence Foster won honorable mention for journalist of the year for good writing, range of coverage, presentation of info and value to product.
“It’s a great honor for the Daily Record staff to be recognized by their peers,” said Editor Andrew Poertner. “We’ve got a lot of dedicated employees and these awards are a tribute to their professionalism.”