Express places second overall, brings home 6 awards at STPA contest



The Pleasanton Express staff brought home six awards from the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper contest held last week. Left to right, front row are Sports Editor Chris Filoteo with the third place certificate for Sports Coverage, Business/Classified/Circulation Manager Rhonda Chancellor, Living Editor Lisa Luna with the plaque for first place in Lifestyle Pages, Katelyn Scott (Ads/Imaging) and Advertising Manager Megan Benishek with the first place plaque for Display Advertising. Second row are James Sharp (Advertising Representative), Ag and Obits Editor/Columnist Robbie Hamby with the second place Headline Writing certificate, Aaron Davidson (Ads/Imaging); Newsroom Manager Hope Garza with the second place News Photo and Editor Sue Brown holding the second place certificate for General Excellence. Missing from the photo is Leon Zabava, Oil and Gas Editor. The Express came in second overall in the Sweepstakes division, too.

The Pleasanton Express staff brought home six awards from the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper contest held last week. Left to right, front row are Sports Editor Chris Filoteo with the third place certificate for Sports Coverage, Business/Classified/Circulation Manager Rhonda Chancellor, Living Editor Lisa Luna with the plaque for first place in Lifestyle Pages, Katelyn Scott (Ads/Imaging) and Advertising Manager Megan Benishek with the first place plaque for Display Advertising. Second row are James Sharp (Advertising Representative), Ag and Obits Editor/Columnist Robbie Hamby with the second place Headline Writing certificate, Aaron Davidson (Ads/Imaging); Newsroom Manager Hope Garza with the second place News Photo and Editor Sue Brown holding the second place certificate for General Excellence. Missing from the photo is Leon Zabava, Oil and Gas Editor. The Express came in second overall in the Sweepstakes division, too.

The South Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest awarded the Pleasanton Express six awards as well as coming in second place overall in the Sweepstakes category in Division 2 (weekly newspaper with a circulation larger than 2,000). Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post and Port Aransas South Jetty tied for first place, winning Sweepstakes.

Placing first were the Express’ Lifestyle Pages. “Design and organization brought this section to the top of the stack. Content is local and varied – there’s something for everyone. A favorite feature was the easty-to-read community calendar,” wrote the judge.

The paper also won first place in Display Advertising. “Paisley’s (advertisement had) engaging photo – fresh look, message (was) clear,” commented the judge.

In the General Excellence category, the Ex- press placed second. “Well, done,” wrote the judge, “Nice layout, good story mix, enjoyed the homecoming work.” News photos received second place, too. Photographer, David Wickersham, received these comments “Good shot, nice composition, clean photo.” Headlines were also awarded second place (no judge comments). Third place was awarded for Sports Coverage. “Good sections – lots of information and well executed. Well done stories. The diversity of coverage was a big plus,” wrote the judge.

The 89th STPA convention was held at the seaside resort Port Royal in Port Aransas April 16-18.

Judged by the Louisiana Press Association, the contest drew over 400 entries in three divisions, with 33 newspapers competing, according to contest chairman and the association’s 2nd Vice President, Kim Jung.

Along with the contest, Adobe expert and entertaining speaker Russell Viers highlighted a few new products and apps. Corpus Christi Caller- Times publisher Libby Averyt shared statistics of how readers are getting their news.

Elected for the 2015-16 officer terms are Larry Hauk, Copperas Cove Banner, chairman of the board; Kathy Cooke, Rockdale Reporter, president; Kim Jung, Fredericksburg Standard; first vice president; Joyce Hauk, second vice president, Copperas Cove Banner; Jeff Berger, Hondo Anvil-Herald, secretary-treasurer; Mary Henkel Judson, Port Aransas South Jetty and Larry Jackson, Fayette County Record (ret.), assistants to the president; Bill Wilkerson, Pleasanton Express, financial assistant to the president; Sam Fore Keach, Robstown Record (ret.), historian and Directors (terms expiring 2016) Regina Keilers, Fayette County Record; Chris Maher, Kingsville Record; Dan Parker, Port Aransas South Jetty; (terms expiring 2017) Sue Brown, Sponsorship Chairman, Pleasanton Express; Jason Jarrett, Westlake Picayune; Marc Robertson, Frio-Nueces Current; (terms expiring 2018) Melissa Williams Perner, Ozona Stockman; Diane Cosgrove, Hondo Anvil- Herald; Mike McCracken, Gonzales Cannon; Media Services Chairman Lisa Walter, Scholarship Chairman Jason Jarrett and Site Selection Chairman Chad Ferguson round out the board.

“I’m extremely proud of our whole staff- they are simply the best. Winning second in General Excellence is so rewarding, said Editor Sue Brown. “Lisa Luna is a consistent winner with her Living section and Chris Filoteo covers five schools in his section. Winning first in Display Advertising always makes us happy. It is made possible by our loyal advertisers, our sales team and our graphic designers.”


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