The Glen Rose Reporter was honored Saturday at the Texas Press Association state convention with three awards, including a special award for promoting open government and a first place prize for sports coverage.
Managing Editor Kathryn Jones received the Nancy Monson Freedom of Information Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press Association. It was one of only two such awards presented statewide. The Dallas Morning News also won the FOI award.
Jones' city government coverage included a series of columns about conflicts of interest at city hall and an investigative report about the criminal background of a city employee. The project entailed filing open records requests to obtain pertinent documents and traveling to other county courthouses over several weeks for research.
The judges cited her "outstanding effort in promoting open government."
Nathan Bural, the Reporter's sports writer and photographer, won first place for sports coverage at a medium-sized weekly newspaper. The judges praised his package of stories and photos. "Emphasizing emotions gives impact to your pages," the judges said.
Bural also won fourth place for sports photography that that judges said vividly captured "key moments" in games.
Jones traveled to Rockwall on Lake Ray Hubbard to accept the awards. The convention was held at the Hilton Bella Harbor resort.