Pleasanton Express wins two 1st Places at 2019 STPA Better Newspaper Contest



The Pleasanton Express team racked up awards at this year’s STPA Better Newspaper Contest. Pictured, front row, Rebecca Pesqueda, Reporter; Rhonda Chancellor, Business Manager; middle row, Amanda Velasquez, Marketing Director; Loni Just, Ag Editor/Classifieds Manager; Lisa Luna, Lifestyles Editor; Hope Garza, Office Manager; Noel Wilkerson Holmes, Publisher/Managing Editor; back row, Aaron Davidson, Graphic Designer, Tom Firme, Sports Editor and Joe David Cordova, Photographer. ROBBIE DENSON | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton Express team racked up awards at this year’s STPA Better Newspaper Contest. Pictured, front row, Rebecca Pesqueda, Reporter; Rhonda Chancellor, Business Manager; middle row, Amanda Velasquez, Marketing Director; Loni Just, Ag Editor/Classifieds Manager; Lisa Luna, Lifestyles Editor; Hope Garza, Office Manager; Noel Wilkerson Holmes, Publisher/Managing Editor; back row, Aaron Davidson, Graphic Designer, Tom Firme, Sports Editor and Joe David Cordova, Photographer. ROBBIE DENSON | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton Express brought home ten awards total with two first places for Display Advertising and Sports Section coverage at the 93rd Annual South Texas Press Association Convention (STPA) held in La Grange April 11-13. The Pan Handle Press Association judged the STPA Better Newspaper Contest this year.

The STPA 1st Place in Display Advertising is a coveted award. Kudos go to Aaron Davidson, Pleasanton Express Graphic Designer for this 1st place win. The judges’ comments on Davidson’s 1st place win were: “Great ads. The ‘Police Week’ ad was one of the best I’ve seen. Incredible work”. The ‘Police Week’ ad was a Pleasanton Express House ad Davidson designed to show the Express’ appreciation for local law enforcement during National Police Week, May 13-19, 2019. Other ads that helped garner the first place were Davidson’s July 4th two full-page color ads and FCB (First Commercial Bank) full-page color ad in the 2018 Cowboy Tales. The Pleasanton Express is incredibly proud of this win having edged out some of the best weeklies in Texas such as the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, the Port Aransas South Jetty and the Rockdale Reporter to win this coveted first place.

 

 

The Sports Coverage 1st place is also a huge win for the Pleasanton Express with judges’ comments stating, “Nice presentation. Great coverage and writing. Good job!”. The Pleasanton Express’ coverage of local sports including five ISDs is the largest sports coverage in the STPA Division 2.

Lifestyle Editor, Lisa Luna, won second place for Lifestyle Section edging out 3rd place Fredericksburg Standard. The judges’ comments about Luna’s section, “Strong lifestyle features and lots of photos to get people talking about who was in the paper.” Luna has won over a dozen awards for her Lifestyle Section during her 20 years at the Pleasanton Express including numerous firsts.

The Pleasanton Express won 3rd place for the 2018 Fall Sports Preview Section which was a joint effort by the entire staff. The judges’ comments were, “Very Informative. Like the use of graphics, records, photos, etc. Layout is easy on the reader. A lot of info. Excellent job!” this was the Pleasanton Express’ first time to design a Fall Preview that included Football, Volleyball, Bands, Cheerleaders and Pacesetters.

Editorial writing brought home the 3rd place award for Noel Wilkerson Holmes, Publisher and for Rebecca Pesqueda, Reporter. Judges commented, “Great localized columns that clearly state your paper’s points of view.” Holmes’ column focused on the New York Times controversial decision to run an anonymous Opinion piece titled, “Why the New York Times was wrong,” and Pesqueda’s editorial gave her opinion on the Charlotte School Bond, titled, “Vote FOR improved security and education for students.”

Joe David Cordova and Noel Wilkerson Holmes brought home 3rd places for News Photos. Cordova’s winning photo was of an August 28 wreck in front of H-E-B that took three helicopters, two AirLife and one Methodist AirCare to transport the injured to hospitals. The judges commented, “Good view from a good angle.” Holmes’ photo was of King and Sue Davidson’s early voting venture in Jourdanton with the judges saying, “Nice cutline.”

Pesqueda also took home 3rd place for Feature photos with her shot of JISD Remembers Vicente Valero. The judges stated, “What a perfect shot of the moment.” Leon Zabava took home the 3rd place for feature photo with his front page Thanksgiving photo of First Baptist Church daycare student Elsa Esser looking at a cupcake. The judge wrote, “Cute as a cupcake photo! Her face! Nice random shot.”

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