Reporter wins fourth straight Sweepstakes

The Rockdale Reporter won its fourth consecutive Sweepstakes Award Friday at the annual South Texas Press Association convention in Port Aransas.

Sweepstakes awards are based on cumulative points from the competition’s 15 categories. The contest covered newspapers published during 2010.

The Reporter has now won the STPA’s Sweepstakes 7 times in the past 11 years, 14 of the past 21, and 16 times overall.

It competes in the large weekly category.

The South Texas Press Association is the largest regional press association in the United States.

Individual awards won by The Reporter were:

• First place, news writing— Editor Mike Brown’s coverage of the tragic train-vehicle collision which claimed the lives of three young boys, and the court appearance of an 86-year- old priest accused of sex offenses.

• First place, ed itor ia l writing—Brown’s editorials on the city council’s handling of a water pipeline extension issue and soliciting support for sales tax funding of the municipal development district.

• First place (tie), seri- ous columns—Bill Martin’s reminiscences of graduating step-daughter and Brown’s trip to a Vietnam memorial wall. (The Reporter shared the award with The Westlake Picayune.)

• Second place, sports— Martin’s coverage of both spring and fall sports.

• Second place, headline writing—WORK: “Fluor offers plant outage jobs to 1,400 (Pollution control job begins at Sandow Unit 4); Pepper fans get fizz-ical at depot (Dr. Pepper group meets at I&GN depot; and “Click off!” county tells employees (commissioners court voices displeasure at amount of hours spent on-line.

• Second place, page design.

• Third place sports photos— golf and baseball pictures, both by Martin.

Third place, news photos— train-pickup crash and 5- inch snowfall, both by Brown.

The Reporter also received honorable mention awards for feature photos and special section.

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