Website earns top honors
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The Texas Press Association presented the Refugio County Press with five awards including a second place for General Excellence in the 2012 Texas Better Newspaper Contest at the TPA Newspaper Executives’ Retreat June 23 in San Antonio.

The judge commented, “great novelty front for the championship coverage. Well-written page 1 story on man found beaten.”

Beeville Publishing’s website was named the Texas Press Association best of the best in its category.

The judges praised the site’s use of video to tell unique stories. They also like that the site’s calendar had something for everyone with lots of events going on. For those out there wondering how to get something listed - it’s as simple clicking the “post a new event” link below the calendar.

Nearing 400,000 page views per month, the site continues to grow.

Videos are still a highlight of the product as the judge’s noted. However, even since this contest, the newspaper has added another feature, “Tales of Old Bee County.”

This series highlights this county’s unique past through some of the old photos it has taken through the years.

Admittedly, we don’t know everything about these photos anymore. Many were just found in a box in the attic so we can’t even say for sure they were ever published.

Anyone who hasn’t seen this feature on the site’s homepage at can also go directly to the series at to see it.

The County Press also won fourth place in four other awards. Kenda Nelson’s column, County Lines, and her news photos, page design and headline writing.

On a story written about a painful farewell to family pet, the judge wrote, “a great, albeit sad story about a beloved dog, two cuts above the typical pet column.”

On Nelson’s photo of a child whose home had burned, he wrote, “powerful emotion on boy’s face. Nice use of natural light.”

“I had the good fortune to attend this year’s convention in San Antonio,” Nelson said. “Round-table discussions with colleagues were especially helpful. A lot of good information was shared.”

The Tennessee Press Association judged the contest. The judging took place over two days, one day in Nashville and one day in Knoxville, the home of the Tennessee Press Association. Approximately 30 journalists judged the contest.

This year, 169 newspapers submitted 1,703 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulations size.
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