The awards were presented at STPA’s 86th annual convention held April 19-21 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio.
The Bee-Picayune again won the coveted first place plaque for continued outstanding community service. In fact, the award now is named in memory of Fred and Joyce Latcham, former owners and parents of Co-Publishers Chip and Jeff Latcham.
Judges from the North and East Texas Press Association said, “One of the most important roles a community newspaper can play is to help promote community and economic development. This project (supporting the Texas Mile’s move here) will reap benefits to local residents and businesses for years to come.”
The project included stories, photos, editorials, special section with advertisements and a video in support of the Texas Mile’s relocation from Goliad County to Bee County’s Chase Field, the former naval air station.
In Division 3, competing against other semiweeklies, the Bee-Pic also earned a first place plaque for Bruce Harper’s sports photos.
“That’ll grab the readers,” said the judges of Harper’s winning photos, including a football opponent grabbing the pants of a Trojan running back.
Jeff Latcham’s editorials earned a second place award.
The judges said his entry about former Beeville Mayor Jesse DeRusse was a “great tribute, well-written, respectful.” On questionable business dealings at City Hall, they added, “Great editorial, informative and stated in print what your readers were saying.”
The Bee-Pic also earned a second place in general excellence, third places for Editor Jason Collins’ news pictures and Collins for photographer of the year, and honorable mentions for reporter/videographer Bill Clough for journalist of the year, community coverage and best advertising.
Collins’ photos were cited as “very creative” and Clough’s journalist entries “set the tone nicely,” according to the judges. The Bee-Pic editorial staff delivered “nice community coverage – good pictures,” and the advertising department did an “overall nice job.”