MONTGOMERY, TEXAS - Statewide excellence in journalism was once again on display Saturday, June 18, at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa just outside of Houston in Montgomery, Texas. There were 148 newspapers from around Texas that submitted 1,530 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest, and the Reporter took home honors in four categories.
The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size, according to the TxBNC guidelines.
"Division 1 is reserved for the five metro dailies with the highest circulation in Texas, which complete only in the General Excellence category," the guidelines read. "The remaining newspapers compete under a unique division system in which the total number of entrants is divided into divisions based on frequency of publication and descending circulation.
"This year 31 dailies entered and there were 15-16 newspapers each in Division 2-3. Semi-weeklies numbered 26 with 13 newspapers each in Divisions 4-5. There were 91 weeklies with 19 in Division 6 and 18 each in Divisions 7-10."
This year's contest was judged by the Oklahoma Press Association as part of the annual Better Newspaper Contest swap.
"Any recognition our newspaper staff receives is a direct reflection of the outstanding individuals who live within the community," Travis Smith, the Reporter's managing editor, said. "It is an absolute honor to be able to share their stories, triumphs and tribulations. A special thanks to all of those who shared those experiences with us."
Results for the Glen Rose Reporter in the 2016 Texas Better Newspaper Contest presented by the Texas Press Association:
Sports Coverage - 1st place
Travis M. Smith
News Writing - 3rd place
Travis M. Smith: The judge wrote, "I enjoyed these stories, it’s challenging to take somewhat complex subjects and explain them with ease. Well done!"
Best Website - 4th place
Feature Writing - 4th place
Travis M. Smith: The judge wrote, "Interesting stories, good details."