A new plaque will go up on the wall at The Sealy News this week.
Managing Editor Joe Southern won first place in news writing in the annual Better Newspaper Contest of the Texas Press Association.
It was one of seven awards won by the News in its circulation division among Texas weeklies. In the General Excellence category, the News placed second, topped only by the Sachse News. Sachse is a Dallas County suburb of 25,000 population.
Of the 13 award winners in its circulation division, only the Sachse News won more different awards than did Sealy. Besides news writing and general excellence, the News placed second in feature photo, second in page design, third in sports coverage, third in sports photo and fourth in headline writing.
“I was really proud to bring these awards back home to the staff,” said interim general manager Larry Jackson. “I very much agree that The Sealy News ranks right at the top among Texas weekly newspapers.”
Besides winning in seven of the 16 contest categories, The Sealy News placed third for the Sweepstakes Award in its circulation category.
The Galveston County Daily News was the sweepstakes winner in the large daily division.
The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston during the Texas Press Association’s 140th annual convention.
Also at the convention, Ramona Ferguson, publisher of the Banner Press Newspaper in Columbus, was installed as 2020 president of TPA. The association is composed of 429 paid-circulation newspapers — 67 dailies and 362 non-dailies.