Reporter wins six first places in STPA contest

ROUND ROCK—The Rockdale Reporter continued its high standard of journalism excellence by earning a division-high six first place awards at the 87th South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper contest and convention.

The Reporter won top honors in news writing, feature writing, lifestyle pages, page design, serious column and sports coverage.

“To win six first place awards against the quality competition that is in the STPA is a great compliment,” said Reporter Publisher Kathy Cooke.

The Reporterstaffworks extremely hard and it shows in the way they are honored for their efforts.”

Veteran Reporter Editor Mike Brown was the author of the wins in the news writing and feature writing categories.

Judges said Brown’s efforts provided “great stories and solid reporting.”

His features on a local Titanic souvenir and World War II story (Ach!-a side of WWII that many people do not know about”) were recognized.

In page design, judges said, “ Good looking paper! Wel l designed.”

Judges said of the Lifestyle sections, “Good design, good news balance, your readers are getting lots of local info.”

Bill Martin captured his fifth STPA first place award for sports coverage for The Reporter and ninth first place overall.

Staff writer Marie Bakken is also a major contributor to The Reporter sports section.

“All sports covered in a nice, clean package. Outstanding job,” judges said.

Martin also won for his serious column, an ode to the late Andy Griffith and was also second in the humorous column section (“Naked Blue Golfer”) category.

The Reporter was also second in special section categories (FYI) and third in editorial writing.

“Like the folios! Love the Seven Wonders of Milam County—how very clever.”

The Reporter finished third in sweepstakes in Division II behind The Fredericksburg Standard and The Port Aransas South Jetty.

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