States­man staffers get na­tional recog­ni­tion

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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.

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