Of this year’s 159 newspapers submitting 1,566 entries, the Cooper Review recently received two awards from the Texas Press Association’s Texas Better Newspaper 2014 Contest.
The contest is broken down into 10 divisions created by dividing newspapers into circulation size. The Review competed against 20 other newspapers across the State and was judged by the New Mexico Press Association.
Winners were announced at the annual TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat which was held in Corpus Christi at the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina overlooking the bay. The awards were also given special attention of the TPA’s Winners’ Circle publication.
The Review won second place in the News Photo contest for Editor/Photographer Cindy Roller’s entry of the Disastrous Storm ice photo of a power line overview taken from the third floor courtroom of the Delta County Courthouse which was printed in the Dec. 12, 2013 edition and State Highway 24 fatal accident photo which was in the April 18, 2013 edition.
It was in the Headline writing contest the Review earned a third place certificate. The entry included the Aug. 22, 2013 description of ‘How is my driving?’ captioning a plywood accident on State Highway 19, the Aug. 4, 2013 captioning a photo of Delta County Sheriff’s office Deputy Charles Herford holding a bag of marijuana on the Square in Cooper with “Unusual weeds?” and in March 14, 2013 edition’s feature on the mirrored glass bathrooms in Sulphur Springs and a special on The Learning Channel with “Flushing Sensation ~ a new place to go!” The New Mexico Press judges said they particularly enjoyed the latter headline on the bathrooms.
For more on this year’s submissions visit the Cooper Review Facebook page.
The Cooper Review is owned and published by Jim Butler and his wife Sally since 2006. Editor Cindy Roller joined the staff in spring of 2011, from the News-Telegram in Sulphur Springs. The trio is assisted in the summer by part time employee and former Cooper High School graduate and valedictorian Kalynn McKee. The weekly paper is printed by Echo Publishing Company in Sulphur Springs.
Presiding over the TPA as President from 2013-2014 is Greg Shrader, Publisher of the Lufkin Daily News. The TPA Executive Director is Michael Hodges.
The Leadership Retreat spans three days and this year’s event included a tour of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and dinner aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.