News­pa­per re­ceives the honor for the third time in four years.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Amer­i­can-States­man staff States­man

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

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