STATESMAN NAMED TOP NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS
Newspaper receives the honor for the third time in four years.
The American-Statesman on Sunday was named Texas’ top newspaper at the annual convention of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
The Statesman won the top honor in the state’s largest circulation division for the third time in four years. The Dallas Morning News was second and the Houston Chronicle third.
The overall first place topped a list of 39 awards won by Statesman journalists at Texas APME’s annual convention, where journalists from around the state met to discuss issues facing the industry and to raise money for scholarships and internships for students.
Also at the weekend convention, Statesman Managing Editor John Bridges was named president of the Texas APME for the coming year.
“Silent Majority is everything great journalism should be and is a huge reason the paper wins this competition,” the judge of the Newspaper of the Year contest said, referring to a Statesman investigative report on underrepresentation of Latinos on state, city and county governing boards throughout Texas. “Substantial reporting, great context, real people living in the real world. But the Statesman is more than one great enterprise piece. It offers its readers a wide variety of quality content and has a strong local news presence daily. Austin is fortunate to have such a good paper.”
Statesman investigative reporter Jeremy Schwartz was named Star Reporter of the Year by both Texas APME and the Headliners Foundation of Texas for a portfolio of stories, including an investigation into Texas’ lax enforcement of laws governing farmworker housing, an in-depth report chronicling the fate of U.S. veterans who have been deported to Mexico and his role in the “Silent Majority” report.
Schwartz’s farmworker housing report also received a thirdplace award for Star Investigative Report, and he won third place