The Pleasanton Express won General Excellence, Division Two, in the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Awards, Friday, May 7 at the association’s annual conference. The entries were judged by the Panhandle Press Association and were from work published in 2020.
“Week in, week out, the Pleasanton Express meets the information needs of its growing communities,” said the Panhandle Press Association judges. “Special strengths: photography, typography and info-graphics. A special shout out goes to this newspaper for their COVID-19 coverage.”
The Pleasanton Express took home three first places for Community Service, Sports Section and Display Advertising.
“Pleasanton Express (COVID 19 Crisis Give Back) The Pleasanton Express’ entry earns first place for its COVID-19 service which is impressive … but so is its commitment to the community, its dedication to gathering rapidly and constantly changing information and its sacrifice of revenue during the pandemic,” said the Panhandle Press Association. “I applaud the newspaper’s efforts over so many months of uncertainty and making it easy to find coverage via a variety of methods. May we (news media everywhere) all never have to do this again, though!”
For Sam Fowler’s Sports section, he received first place. “Overall best total package,” said the Panhandle Press Association judges. “Really go the distance in giving readers top notch sports coverages. Enjoy looking at your sports pages.”
Aaron Davidson brought home first place in Display Advertising with his Merry on Main, Cowboy Fellowship Thanksgiving and Little Miss Merry on Main Pageant ads.
Sports photography won second place for Sam Fowler’s photo of Jarel Lilly making a catch, September 9 and his photo from October 28 of the Pleasanton Gatorade bath. The judges commented, “Good photos and use of emotion. Tough choice for top two in this category.”
For Humorous Columns, Paul Michael Jones won second place for his two entries, Christmas Beer, December 23 and Leaping Electricity, August 5. Jones began writing for the Pleasanton Express in 2019. He is featured weekly on the Opinion pages.
The Pleasanton Express took home second place for Feature Photos with the judges commenting, “Very solid, great photos. Well done.” The entries were from News Editor Rebecca Pesqueda’s Thanksgiving photo, November 25 and Publisher Noel Wilkerson Holmes’ Merry on Main Street fireworks, December 9.
The Pleasanton Express’ website www.pleasantonexpress.com also took home second place.
Sam Fowler earned third place for his two news photos featuring Rene Walker during the S.A. Food Drive at the Atascosa County Court House on April 22 and his photo of workers during the pandemic at Urban Bricks on May 6.
For Feature Writing, Lisa Luna took home third place with her Peace for the Pieces story featured February 26. The judges commented, “Loved the story. Touched me. Good flow.” Sam Fowler also took home third place for his story on the Standly Traveling Chicken from July 15. The judges stated, “I so enjoyed the story. Funny.”
Writer Glenda Thompson, who is featured weekly on the Opinion pages, took home third place Serious Column for her columns, “G is for Grief” featured March 4 and for “Go away and leave me alone” featured October 28.