Newsaper finishes second in state contest sweepstakes

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post finished second in the large weekly division of the Texas Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest was held in conjunction with the TPA 2013 Leadership Retreat at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat, held last weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.

The Standard-Radio Post narrowly missed first place with 425 points, placing second to the Port Aransas South Jetty with 450. (This newspaper narrowly placed ahead of the South Jetty at a recent regional contest.)

“We took eight awards in the division, which shows that we are consistently putting out a solid product for our readers and advertisers,” said Ken Esten Cooke, publisher. “We are continually trying to improve in all areas and these contests let us see how we measure against our peers in the industry. It is a team effort to put out this paper each week — the largest non-metro weekly in the state — and we have a great staff from the news room, to our ad staff, to our circulation and delivery personnel.”

The Standard-Radio Post placed in the following categories, and judges’ comments are included where given:

News photos, 1st — For fire scene photos by Lisa Treiber-Walter and winner of the Schuetzenfest by Matt Ward. “This entry stood out as the best among all the others. The photographers had nice, well-composed images with clean backgrounds and peak action. I could tell the photographers really were watching what was going on and positioned themselves to get great photos.”

Column writing, 1st — For Cooke’s entries on family and the loss of a family friend to Multiple Sclerosis. “Excellent writer. Savvy style, nice humorous touch. Heartfelt.”

Other awards included:

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