The Pleasanton Express brought home seven awards from the Texas Press Gulf Coast Association (TPGCA) Better Newspaper Contest held in Port Aransas in May at the 81st annual convention. The Louisiana Press Association (LPA) were the judges for the contest.
Aaron Davidson brought home his second 1st place win for 2019 for Display Advertising at the TPGCA Better Newspaper Contest. In April, Davidson won first place in Display Advertising at the South Texas Press Association’s Better News Contest beating out such award-winning newspapers as the Fredericksburg Post and Standard and the Port Aransas Jetty. Aaron was also recognized for his outstanding design skills at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Banquet. The Chamber thanked Davidson for his graphic design contributions to their business directory, posters and collateral material. Davidson won 1st place display advertising from the TPGCA contest in 2018 also.
Davidson’s 1st place win was for his creation of a Pleasanton Express house ad created as a thank you to local law enforcement. The ad titled, “We Stand by You” was published in conjunction with National Police Week. Judges commented, “This ad stood out in the whole contest. Great message and visual concept.” The Louisiana Press Association judges gave Davidson excellent for copy, overall design and impact and really great for illustrations and use of color.
The Pleasanton Express also earned second place in General Excellence. The Louisiana Press Association judges gave two excellent ratings for overall appearance and quality of local copy. The judges stated the “Pleasanton Express has a nice updated appearance, lots of attractive photos as well as a lot of good public information and nice sports coverage.”
The Pleasanton Express Fall Sports Special Section, won second place. Comments from LPA judges, “Small town football may not be everybody’s thing, but if it is this special is golden and it looks like the advertising community is behind it. Lots of great info, stats, photos and ads. Nice ads and clean layout.”
Sports Coverage won a third place in a highly competitive field. LPA stated “stellar job of coverage. The community should be proud of the paper and its effort to cover as many area schools as possible. Photos are solid and engaging.”
Robbie Denson won a second place for her Humorous Column, “Wedding Fiasco Averted.” Sue Brown won a second place for her Humorous Column., “Too Close for Comfort” and
Editorial Writing, by Noel Wilkerson Holmes, “Why the New York Times was wrong” won third place. Judges’ comments,” Presentation excellent. Very strong opinion conveyed through local connection to national topic. “ Rebecca Pesqueda won third for her editorial on the Charlotte ISD Bond Election titled, “Vote for improved security and education for students.”
The Pleasanton Express website www.pleasantonexpress.com won second place for the best newspaper website. Special features of the website are the community calendar, 5 Things You Need to Know in Atascosa Co., Flashback and the digital version of the Pleasanton Express in our E-Edition.
The Pleasanton Express is extremely honored for each win including third place in sweepstakes. Division two is filled with stiff newspaper competition. To stand side by side with some of the best community newspapers in Texas and bring home awards is an honor.