Statesman staffers get national recognition
The American-Statesman’s Life & Arts section has been named one of the nation’s 15 best by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. The newspaper also received 11 individual honors in feature and sports writing contests.
The Statesman’s Life section was one of five honored in the circulation category of 90,000 to 200,000. The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram also received top-15 honors.
Judges said the Statesman’s Life section “is easy to navigate, uses lots of local writers and has interesting and unexpected story choices. The headlines are grabby, too. … The writing is above-average, the stories are timely and the sections are full of reader service.”
Statesman staffers received first-and second-place individual awards in four categories, as well as two honorable mentions: Metro reporter Tony Plohetski won first place in the general feature category for a narrative account of the death of a child left in his parent’s car.
Sports reporter Kevin Robbins won second place in feature specialty reporting for a portfolio of articles on six-man football, Longhorn football defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and a Texas A&M bonfire survivor.
Food writer Addie Broyles won first place in the social media enterprise category for her Relish Austin blog and her @broylesa Twitter account.
Gardening writer and features page designer Renee Studebaker won second place in blogging for her Renee’s Roots blog.
A reporting, photography and production team of Mary Ann Roser, Ralph Barrera and Jenni Jones received honorable mention in the multimedia category for a video documenting a girl’s cranial surgery and recovery.
A second multimedia honorable mention went to photo staffers Jay Janner, Rodolfo Gonzales, Ricardo Brazziell and Jones for a video slideshow on the Fort Hood shootings.
Statesman staffers placed in five sportswriting categories in a Southwest regional competition sponsored by the Associated Press Sports Editors. The Statesman was competing against other Texas and New Mexico papers with a circulation of 100,000 to 250,000.
Kirk Bohls won first place in column writing for a portfolio of his work.
Robbins won first place in feature writing for his story on six-man football.
Outdoors writer Mike Leggett won second place in feature writing for his story on an unsolved fatal boat wreck.
Sports reporter John Maher teamed up with projects reporter Eric Dexheimer to win third place in enterprise/projects reporting for a package on the growing size of high school football players.
Sports page designer Chris Hanna took third place in headline writing for his headline on a passing-heavy Longhorn football game: “Hey, roomie! Catch!” In addition, a Statesman photographer was recognized in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition. Janner won second place for sports audio slideshow, in a division for websites with fewer than 2.5 million unique visits per month, for his online work documenting a six-man football rivalry.
addie Broyles won honor for social media enterprise.
Kirk Bohls was recognized for columns.
Kevin Robbins was honored for portfolio of articles.
tony Plohetski won first for story on child’s death.