SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Galveston County Daily News took home 10 awards, including a near sweep in feature writing and five awards in photography on the first day of the annual gathering of the state’s newspaper editors.
The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors presented many of its 2013 journalism awards at its annual convention Saturday.
Daily News reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez’s powerful feature on the University of Texas Medical Branch’s neonatal Hospice Program was judged as the best feature story in the Class AA division classification.
Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds took home a second-place award in the same category, while Associate Editor Michael A. Smith and John Wayne Ferguson each received honorable mentions for feature writing.
Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds won four awards for the day. That included second place for Star Photographer of the Year, as well as first place and third place in the general photography category and honorable mention in the spot news photo category.
Daily News Editor Heber Taylor earned a second-place award in the general column-writing category.
Photographer Kevin M. Cox took home second in the photo gallery category.
The Daily News’ 10 awards were among the 86 presented to publications that are part of the Southern Newspaper’s Inc. family.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung was presented 18 awards on Saturday, while the Kerrville Daily Times garnered 14 awards.
The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel hauled in 12 awards, while The Lufkin Daily News had 10, the Paris News had eight and the Baytown Sun had seven awards.
The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise took home four awards, while The Facts of Brazoria County earned three journalism awards.
The annual conference continues today with a presentation of the Community Service, online newspaper, team effort and Freedom of Information awards.