The Pleasanton Express brought home four awards from the state’s largest convention, Texas Press Association (TPA), held in Lake Conroe, June 16-18.
Robbie Clifton Hamby, Pleasanton Express Agriculture Editor, Reporter and Columnist, hit the trifecta of Texas writing honors by winning her third 1st Place win this year for column writing. For the Texas Better Newspaper Contest Robbie’s columns earned her the top honor besting 19 other newspapers. “Swipe Right” one of her winning entries is featured in this issue on page 2A. Robbie also garnered first place in column writing from the South Texas Press Association (STPA) in April and the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association (TGCPA) in May.
“I appreciate personal columns about personal experiences with a touch of humor. Robbie Hamby has done a good job with the columns, Swipe Right and Two Weddings and some backed up plumbing in the Pleasanton Express. She gets my first place vote. Congratulations!,” commented the Oklahoma Press Association who judged the contest.
In a field of 19, Chris Filoteo, Sports Editor took home third place for best Sports Coverage. The Oklahoma Press Association commented, “Chris Filoteo, nice layout and variety of sports coverage. The story about lake level was a nice change of pace for local sports section.”
The Pleasanton Express also took home third place for Best Website and Page Design.
The Pleasanton Express won TGCPA Sweepstakes Award for most points earned with 11 wins in May. This is the highest honor presented by the association. The newspaper also brought home eight awards from STPA in April. A total of 23 awards have been presented to the Pleasanton Express in 2016 from the leading Texas press associations in which the newspaper is eligible to compete annually.
This year 148 newspapers submitted 1,530 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by TPA. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which Texas newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size. There were 91 weeklies with 19 in Division 6 in which the Pleasanton Express competes. The 2016 TPA contest was judged by the Oklahoma Press Association as part of the annual Better Newspaper Contest swap.