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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Wise County Messenger Awards: Messenger hauls in West Texas Press awards – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger


HONORED AT CONVENTION – Retired publisher of the Dublin Citizen, Mac McKinnon, presents Messenger Advertising Manager Lisa Davis with the Harold Hudson Memorial Award at the West Texas Press Association convention July 22 in San Angelo. Messenger photo by Mark Jordan

Messenger Advertising Manager Lisa Davis was awarded the Harold Hudson Memorial Award by the West Texas Press Association July 22 in San Angelo.

The award recognizes her support and dedication to WTPA and her contribution to the community and newspaper profession.

Davis has worked for the Messenger for 27 years.

Other individual employees recognized at the WTPA conference were photographer Joe Duty and Special Projects Manager Brian Knox.

Duty was named Photographer of the Year, and Knox was awarded Journalist of the Year.

The Messenger won first place in general excellence with judges’ comments saying it is a “model community paper.”

“Anchored by great photography and design, the writing and advertising and other elements also excel in this division,” the judge said.

Other first-place awards were received for news writing, feature writing and photography.

The news writing award was for Knox’s stories, “Farewell to a loyal friend: Pepper’s actions, officers’ courage celebrated,” and “Tornadoes slam Wise: High winds toss man from home.”

Judges were touched by “Farewell,” the story of K-9 Pepper’s funeral.

“Dammit! You made me cry. Very moving,” the judge commented.

The first-place feature writing award recognized the work of Editor Kristen Tribe and former Messenger reporter Jake Harris.

About Tribe’s story, “The kids are all right,” the judge said: “Went through two tissues reading this story. It was thorough, well done and well-reported. Nice job.”

The judge said Harris’ story, “Back in the saddle,” was also a tear-jerker.

“I hope happy things also happen in Wise County! Seriously, solid reporting and good storytelling.”

Duty’s winning entry in the photography division included a water rescue photo and a page featuring photos from Greenwood’s fall festival.

Other awards won by the Messenger include second place in sweepstakes, second place sports coverage, third place special section and third place column writing.

See the original Wise County Messenger Article.

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